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  • Ways to reset Wordpress administrator password

    If for any reason you forgot the Wordpress wp-admin passwords, there are few ways to reset it.
    1. In the database
    2. Using the Lost Password option
    3. Using Softaculous Apps installer

    1. Resetting the administrator password in the database

    To manually reset the WordPress administrator password in the database, follow these steps:
    • Log in to cPanel.
    • In the Databases section of the cPanel home screen, click phpMyAdmin.
    • In the left-hand pane of phpMyAdmin, click the WordPress database. A list of tables in the database appears.
    • On the top menu bar, click SQL.
    • Copy and paste the following statement into the SQL query text box. Replace new_password with the new password, and replace admin_username with the administrator's username.

     UPDATE `wp_users` SET `user_pass` = MD5( '[I]new_password[/I]' ) WHERE `wp_users`.`user_login` = "[I]admin_username[/I]";
    • This SQL statement creates an MD5 hash of the password you specify. WordPress requires that passwords are stored in the database in this format. If you try to update the password field directly with the new password, you will be unable to log in to WordPress.
    • Some versions of WordPress use the table name wp_users, while other versions use a different name (for example, wpe6_users). If your WordPress version uses a table name different from the one in the above statement, use it instead.
    • Click Go. phpMyAdmin updates the database with the new password.
    • You should now be able to log in to WordPress as the administrator by using the new password.

    2. Using the Lost Password option
    • Open your WordPress administrative login page it is usually located in
    • Click on the Lost your password? option, fill out the username or email address > Get New Password:
    • Log into your email account, which is set as your administrative WordPress contact. You can find the email message with the password reset URL there, click on it:
    • Enter your new strong password twice on the opened page > Reset password:

    3. Using Softaculous Apps installer

    In order to change the password for your WordPress admin user, follow next steps:
    • Log into cPanel and navigate to Softaculous Apps Installer menu:
    • In the Softaculous interface find All Installations icon in the top right corner:
    • In this menu you will see Scripts Installations list. Select the one you need to change the admin password for and click on Edit Details (pencil icon) next to it:
    • Next you will see installation details page. Scroll down to Admin Account section. Here you need to enter your current username and the new password in Admin Password field:
    • Once done, scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit Save installation details button:
    • After that you will receive the message about the successful update:

    Feel free to log in to WordPress admin panel using the new password.