Forgot the password for your WordPress blog ?

Forgot the password for your WordPress blog ? This post will help you to reset your password.

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1) Get the reset password link to your email address :

You need to know either the email address or the username and need to have access to your email address (you will receive the reset password link there).

  • Go to your WordPress login screen
  • Click on the Lost your Password link
  • Enter the email address or your username and click on the Get New Password button.
  • You will now receive an email with the link to reset your password.
  • Enter the new password and click on the Reset Password button.
  • That’s it you have reset the password for your blog’s account.

2) Don’t have access to the email associated to your account at the blog ?

You can reset the password from your WordPress database. You will require access to your database.

  • Login to your control panel and go to the database manager. Generally you will have phpMyAdmin
  • Now choose the database where you have WordPress installed. (If you are not sure check the database details from wp-config.php file of your installation)
  • Go to the users table and look for the username for which you need to reset the password
  • Now click on the Edit button corresponding to your username
  • Enter the new password you want under the Value column next to user_pass field
  • Choose MD5 from the dropdown under the Function column next to user_pass field
  • Hit the Go button
  • The password encryption will not look as the previous one because we chose MD5 and WordPress uses a different hashing method
  • Don’t worry. Go to the login WordPress login screen and login with the new password. On successful login WordPress will convert the new password as per WordPress encryption hash.
  • That’s it you have successfully reset the password for your account for your WordPress blog.

How to choose a secure password that is easy to remember

What makes a strong password ?

  • It should be more than 8 characters
  • It should contain alphabets, numbers and special characters like @#$%^&
  • Use capital as well as small letters
  • Do not use dictionary words or common words like 123, password, pass, your birth date, your name, etc
  • Do not use same password for all your logins. Use a base word to help you remember your password but the password should not be exactly same.

How to create a password that is strong and easy to remember :

  1. Choose a base word lets say I choose I hate pass
  2. Now add some capital letters I Hate Pass
    Make the 1st letter of every word capital.
  3. Add special characters I@Hate$Pass
    Replace the spaces with special characters.
  4. Add some numbers I9@Hate8$Pass16
    Add the the number of character in alphabets of 1st letter of each word at the end of word. Like here I is the 9th letter in alphabets so I added 9 after I similarly 8 for H and 16 for P.
  5. That’s it ! You have a strong password ready. Not you can modify the pattern slightly to use the same base word multiple times. For eg : while adding the number in the 4th step take the value of the last character in the word like 5 for E from Hate and 19 for S from Pass.