How to reset Wordpress Password

login to cPanel and select phpMyAdmin found under Databases.

Once you’re inside phpMyAdmin, select the database that you’re using for your WordPress installation. In our tutorial, let us assume the database to be genesis_wp.

Look for a table entry called wp_users and select it. In most scenarios this should be the case. However, if you’re a security enthusiast, then you might have used a different prefix during the WordPress installation. The default prefix is wp_ hence the table entry wp_users. However, if your prefix was say ptbktwp_ then your user table entry would be ptbktwp_users.

The following two tables will help you understand:

Using the default prefix i.e. ‘_wp’

Using a custom prefix: ‘ptbktwp_’

For simplicity, let us consider the default prefix – wp_users. Once the table is loaded, look for the username you had chosen while installing WordPress. In this tutorial I’m assuming it’s the default username – admin. Click on the little yellow pencil icon located next to the admin entry – that’s the edit icon.

Look for the row named user_pass (usually the 3rd one) and make the following changes:

  1. Under the Function field, set it to MD5.
  2. Under the Value field, enter your new password – let’s say mikerotch.
  3. Click on Save Changes.

Now you have successfully changed your WordPress password to mikerotch.

Awesome, now you’ve reset the WordPress admin password.

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