Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:19 pm
If you’re using WordPress, then you’re bound to get locked out of your blog at one point or another.
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Maybe you’ll forget your username? Maybe you use a password generator to set your password and you don’t even know it?
I use Roboform for all my passwords. My password is like 20 characters long or longer. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what it is.
So if I ever get locked out of WordPress, you can bet that I’ll know the steps to get back in.
I know what you’re thinking, you could just click on the forgot password link on your login page.
That will work if you remember which email you used when you installed WordPress. The method that I am going to show you, will work for anyone, regardless of whether you know your email or not.
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I had a client come to me the other day, they got locked out of their WordPress blog and they were panicking. They had no clue how to get back into their blog and they thought they were going to have to start over.
Of course, I charged them. It’s no different than hiring a plumber to come out only to realize that you just needed a little bolt to fix the toilet. He’s still going to hand over a bill that you have to pay.
He’s still going to hand over a bill that you have to pay.
Over the Shoulder Tutorial
If you’re a visual learner like I am then watch as I show you how to get back into WordPress in the video. I’ll walk you through the entire process so you’ll know exactly what to do.
Of course, if you’d rather follow along with my screenshot tutorial, I’ve got you covered there as well 🙂
Steps to Take When You’re Locked Out Of WordPress
Knowing this little WordPress hack will ensure that you can always use the back door system to get back in. If you’re brand new to WordPress, I’ve got you covered if you’re still trying to learn how to install WordPress.
Step 1: Log into Your Hosting Account cPanel
If your hosting account has cPanel, which most of them do. You’ll want to log into your cPanel dashboard and head on over to phpMyadmin. Click on that icon and you’ll see your WordPress database.
Click on that icon and you’ll see your WordPress database. Here’s a great beginners guide to getting familiar with the database.
Step 2: Choose Your Blog’s Database
If you’ve never been inside of your WordPress database, you might be a little scared to mess with it. Hopefully, you’ve created a backup, just in case anything happens.
Related: WordPress Backup Buddy Step By Step
You might have to click on the expand collapse button to see all your tables. Once they’ve expanded, you’re looking for the one that says wp_users. If you’ve changed your wp_prefix table it won’t say wp_
However, you’re looking for the user’s table. It will look something like this.
Click on it and you’ll see the username that you created when you first installed WordPress.
Step 3: Edit the Users Table
We are going to click on the edit button on the pencil. Once you click on edit we’ll enter a new password of our choosing.
So go ahead and click on edit.
Step 4: Look for user_pass Drop Down Box
Okay, now we are going to click on the drop down box and scroll down until we see MD5. You’ll find the MD5 under the
user_pass now go to the drop down arrow under the
Choose that and then move your cursor to the text box beside the MD5 drop down. The column is called Value.
Step 5: Enter your new password in the Text Box
I recommend entering something extremely easy that you can remember.
Don’t worry, once you’re back in your dashboard, you can then change your password with your password generator.
Once you’ve entered a simple password, like CAT or DOG, click on Go at the very bottom.
Now you’ll see that one row has been affected.
Step 6: Now You Can Log Back In
Now you can log back into your WordPress blog and continue writing awesome content to schedule to your WordPress editorial calendar.
Don’t forget to change your password to something more secure before logging out and calling it quits.
Final Take Away
As a DIY WordPress blogger, it’s important to know how to find your way around WordPress. While we don’t ever want to get locked out of our blogs. Unfortunately, it happens sometimes.
The great thing is that you now know how to get back into your WordPress blog.
You won’t have to worry about starting over or hiring someone to let you back into your own WordPress blog.
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Have you ever gotten locked out of WordPress? If so what steps did you take to get back in? How long did it take you to get back in?