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Wordpress Password Recovery

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Tosmekop, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Tosmekop

    Tosmekop Supreme Member

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    Hello all,
    I made the mistake of beginning a wordpress website a few months ago, without documenting the wp login information.
    Here's a simple guide for you guys and gals that may find yourself in the same situation I was recently in.
    Fortunately for me, I know my way around my VPS. Others may not be so fortunate, so I'm here to even the playing field, so to speak.

    I'm going to assume you know how to log into your cpanel / zpanel.
    Simply login to your phpMyAdmin account, and find the database you used for your wordpress blog, on the left side.
    Doubleclick it.
    Look towards the bottom, on the left side, and you will see "wp_users".
    Doubleclick it.
    Now, in the middle section of your screen, you will see something that says, "user_login", and below it, will be your username.
    To the right of that, will be your password, however, it will be in an encrypted MD5 format.
    I could give you some long, drawn out methodology about rainbow tables, however, I'll save us both some time..
    Open a different browser (this is for no other reason than paranoia)
    Go to Google, and input the following:
    decrypt md5
    Now you will see a ton of results for websites that will allow you to decrypt md5 hashes.
    Paste your MD5 hash from your phpMyAdmin account into the textbox.
    Decrypt it to discover your password.
    Go back to your other browser (paranoia, remember).
    Login to your WP Admin Panel.
    Done.
     
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  2. bizroot

    bizroot Supreme Member

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    LOL I faced similar problem in past and I am not good with coding or other things but found instructions on search engine how to get it... Most of the time I just assign new password in MD5 rather then bringing it back.

    If you that paranoia then simply use forget password, if email is wrong or you forgot you can find and update in same place.
     
  3. wetkon

    wetkon Registered Member

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    I use same method to recover the password. In that way you can create new users too.
     
  4. blackiesap

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    Happened to me 2 days ago.

    I just deleted the old one and put a new password. Then select MD5 for it.

    Better to enter an email address there for password recovery. Much easier next time :)
     
  5. fanniecedeno

    fanniecedeno Newbie

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    I used same method torecover my password and username too.