Manually resetting a WordPress user password via the database
Updated Thursday January 7th 2021 / Category Web Hosting
PLEASE NOTE: This method of resetting your password is recommended for advanced users.
Before trying this, see ‘How do I reset my WordPress login details?’
- First, log in to cPanel (VIPControl > My Services > Hosting > cPanel).
- Open phpMyAdmin.
- From the list of databases, click on the one relevant to your website.
If you’re not sure which database your site uses, you can find this by viewing your wp-config.php file using FTP or File Manager.
- Within the database, look for and open wp_users.
Note: your database prefix may be different than ‘wp_’.
- With the wp_users table open, locate the user you want to reset your password for.
You can locate them with either the user_login or user_nicename headings.
Then, click the “edit” pencil next to that user.
- On this page, enter a new password in the row for user_pass.
Then, make sure you set the encryption method next to it to MD5 (this is important!).
To finalise the change click the Go button at the bottom-right section of this page.
That’s it! You should now be able to log in using your new password.