If you’ve ever found yourself locked out of your WordPress website and unable to remember your username or password, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this blog post, we will show you how to retrieve your WordPress username and password directly from the database using phpMyAdmin.
Before we begin, make sure you have access to your website’s control panel (cPanel, Plesk, etc.) or phpMyAdmin. If you don’t have access to either of these, you’ll need to contact your hosting provider for assistance.
Step 1: Access phpMyAdmin
Login to your control panel and look for the phpMyAdmin icon or link. Click on it to open phpMyAdmin.
Step 2: Locate the WordPress Database
In phpMyAdmin, you’ll see a list of databases on the left-hand side. Find the database associated with your WordPress website and click on it. If you’re not sure which database it is, you can find the name in your wp-config.php file, which is located in the root directory of your WordPress installation.
Step 3: Find the Users Table
After selecting your WordPress database, you will see a list of tables. Look for the table named wp_users (the prefix “wp_” can be different if you’ve changed it during the installation) and click on the “Browse” button next to it.
Step 4: Retrieve the Username and Password
In the wp_users table, you should see a list of all registered users on your WordPress website. Find the user whose username or password you need to retrieve. The user_login column contains the username, while the user_pass column contains the hashed password.
Unfortunately, we cannot directly view the actual password, as it’s hashed for security reasons. However, you can reset the password by following the steps below.
Step 5: Reset the Password
To reset the password, click on the “Edit” button next to the user you want to update. In the user_pass field, you’ll see a long string of characters representing the hashed password. You can replace this with a new password by following these steps:
- Select the text in the user_pass field and delete it.
- Enter a new password in the user_pass field.
- In the “Function” dropdown next to the user_pass field, select “MD5” (Note: Although MD5 is not the most secure hashing algorithm, it will be rehashed by WordPress upon your first successful login using this new password).
- Click the “Go” button at the bottom of the page to save the changes.
Now you can log in to your WordPress site using the username and the new password you just set.
In this blog post, we’ve shown you how to retrieve your WordPress username and reset your password directly from the database using phpMyAdmin. Remember, it’s always a good idea to use strong, unique passwords and keep them stored securely in a password manager to avoid getting locked out in the future.