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WordPress: Reset your Password with phpMyAdmin

This article explains how to reset a lost WordPress password using phpMyAdmin.

It is highly recommended that you make a backup of your database before continuing if you don't know how please read How to Backup a MySQL Database.

What You Need

To perform this task you will need the following items.

  1. The name of your WordPress database. If you aren't sure, please see How to find your WordPress Database.
  2. Your Bluehost cPanel username and password

Access phpMyAdmin

These steps explain how to access phpMyAdmin.

  1. From your account cPanel, go to the databases group of icons, and click on phpMyAdmin
  2. When prompted, log in with your cPanel username and password.
  3. From the list of databases, select the database for your WordPress site.

Enter a New Password

These steps explain how to change the password in the database.

  1. In the table list, click on the user's table.
    Note: In our example, the table prefix is "wp_" the prefix varies from site to site, so don't worry if yours is different.
  2. Click edit next to the user you want to set the password for.
  3. Enter the new password into the password box
  4. In the function box next to the password choose MD5
  5. Click Go

The password has been reset. You can now login to WordPress with your new password.