For some of you, this may be easy, for others, not so easy! Well, don’t worry it’ll take just a few actions to reset your WordPress login details.
There are two ways to do this:
- 1. From the WordPress login screen
- 2. From the User Profile page within WordPress
1. Resetting your password from the WordPress login screen
First in the address bar (the long white bar at the top of your internet browser) type in the URL (web address) for your website followed by /wp-admin (notice the ‘wp’ is short for WordPress.
Now press enter to go to that address.
You should now be presented with a simple login form that looks pretty similar to below.
Click on the “Lost your password?” link and you will be presented with a screen like below
Enter your WordPress username or the E-mail address associated with your account and click on the “Get New Password” button
Tip – If you can’t remember your username or E-mail address you will need to get in contact with the person who set up your website initially as it’s most likely they have an administrative account and will be able to help find your username/email associated with your account.
You now have to wait for an email to arrive with a password reset link in. The email will look very similar to the below
In the email, you receive click on the long web link at the end of the email. This will launch a new browser screen with the password reset form as shown below.
Tip – If you receive one of these emails and you didn’t request it or weren’t expecting it to arrive, don’t click on the link as it could be someone trying to gain access to your account.
Enter your new password in the “New Password” and “Confirm Password” fields. You’ll notice there is a password strength indicator below these fields. It is good practice to ensure your password is strong. You can make a password stronger by using a mixture or upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols like ! ” ? $ % ^ & ). When you have chosen your password click on the “Reset Password” button and you will be taken back to the WordPress login form, where you can now log in with your new details.
Tip – If you wanted your password to be mike1955 this would be considered weak a strong version would be *91Mi$55ek£. The stronger your password is the less likely it is that someone can gain access to your account. Avoid using sequences like 1234, abc, date of birth, names.
Now that might seem like a lot to do, but it will literally only take between 1-2 minutes to change your password (and most of that will be waiting for your password reset email to arrive!)