How to Change Your WordPress Password (A Beginner’s Guide)

Do you want to know how to change the password on your WordPress site? You may forget your password or need to change it for security reasons at any time.

While the login page has a lost password link that allows you to reset your password, the WordPress password reset email may not reach your inbox because your WordPress hosting company has it configured incorrectly.

Other times, for security reasons, you may want to force every user on your website to change their WordPress password.

We’ll show you four different ways to change your WordPress password in this beginner’s guide to cover every scenario.

Before You Change Your WordPress Password, Here’s What You Should Know

Passwords are your first line of defense against hacking attempts, and we can’t stress this enough.

One of the many free and secure password managers is available. Users frequently use a weak password because it is simple to remember. Please don’t make that mistake.

That is something you should never do. It’s all too easy to share your WordPress passwords with coworkers or even freelance developers.

Instead, we recommend creating a new user account with the appropriate user role so that permissions can be managed.

This way, if they leave your team, you can easily delete their account without having to change your main password.

So, let’s take a look at a few different methods for changing your WordPress password.

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In 2 Minutes, Change Your WordPress Password

This is the most straightforward method for changing your WordPress password.

You can do this by typing your WordPress login URL into your browser (for example, The first step is to log into your WordPress account.

Go to Users » Your Profile from your WordPress menu once you’ve logged in.

To create a new password, click the †Generate Passwordâ€TM button. You must scroll down to the Account Management section of your WordPress profile to find the New Password option.

WordPress will generate a strong password for you automatically.

You have the option of keeping this strong password or changing it to a new one.

Then, to save your new password, click the †Update Profileâ€TM button.

When you’re finished, you’ll see a Profile Updated notification at the top of the page. WordPress will also send you an email with a password change notification.

When you’re locked out of WordPress, you’ll need to reset your password.

When you have access to your WordPress dashboard, you can use the method described above to change your password.

But what if you’ve forgotten your password and are unable to log in?

Don’t worry, there’s an extremely simple way to recover your WordPress password.

Go to the WordPress login page ( and click the “Lost your password?” link.

It will take you to the password reset page after you click that. To reset your account’s password, you must either enter your username or your email address.

When you’re finished, WordPress will email you a link to reset your password to the email address associated with your user account.

See our guide on how to recover a lost password in WordPress for more information.

How to Change the WordPress Database Password

Although the †Lost Passwordâ€TM method is user-friendly, you may be unable to use it if you do not have access to the email address associated with the account or if your WordPress site fails to send an email.

phpMyAdmin is the simplest way to accomplish this. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll need to reset your WordPress password in the database.

Then, under the Databases section, select the phpMyAdmin option. To begin, go to the control panel of your WordPress hosting account.

Because each hosting provider has their own control panel, your screen may look different. If you’re having trouble finding the phpMyadmin link, contact your hosting provider.

You’ll see a list of all your databases after you launch the phpMyAdmin app. You must choose the database that is linked to your WordPress site.

In this list, look for the wp_users table and click the †Browseâ€TM link next to it. The list of tables in your WordPress database will appear after that.

You must click the edit link next to your user account on this page. This will display a list of all users who have access to your WordPress site.

PhpMyAdmin will display a form with all of the user’s data fields.

The value in the user_pass field must be deleted and replaced with your new password. Select MD5 from the drop-down menu in the function column and click the Go button.

That’s it, your WordPress password has been successfully changed.

See our guide on how to use phpMyAdmin to reset a WordPress password for more information.

How to Force All WordPress Users to Change Passwords

If your website has been hacked or your industry has a data compliance regulation, you may need to force all users to change their WordPress passwords.

Using a Password Expiration plugin, this is simple to accomplish.

We have a step-by-step guide for forcing password changes in WordPress.

You might also be interested in our beginner’s guide to WordPress security. We hope that this article has shown you how to change your WordPress password.

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    There is a password strength indicator, but no confirm field, which is standard on all other websites today. A new “new password” option has been added to the account management section. The interface is confusing because the button says “Generate Password,” but when you click it, you’re given a single field to type in a new password. This is no longer the case. Hello there,

    Good day.

    Please assist me in migrating my Cpanel default email account.

    I used to host with Godaddy, but I recently switched to Bluehost…

    But my wordpress username and Cpanel default email are both the same… is it possible to migrate it?

    Will my WordPress be affected if my old hosting account expires?

    WP will do the work for you. Instead of using the MD5 generator, simply type in your password in English and then select MD5 from the drop down menu to the left when in phpmyadmin wp-users.

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