If you are unable to get your WordPress Admin password through the normal methods, then you can try using the Emergency Password Reset Script. Note that this is option is a PHP script.

Before you use this script, you will need to know the following:

  • The script requires that you know the admin username.
  • The script updates the admin password, then sends an email to the admin's email address.
  • If you do not get the email, the password is still changed.
  • The script needs to be placed at the root of your WordPress installation (in the same location as your wp-config.php file).
  • Once you have finished using the script, YOU MUST REMOVE THE SCRIPT FROM YOUR INSTALLATION FOR SECURITY REASONS!

Directions for using the Emergency Password Reset Script

  1. Copy the Emergency Password Script and place it into a file called emergency.php in the root of your WordPress installation. If you need help creating a file, please see How to Create a New File.
  2. When you have the script saved in the root of your installation, go to your browser and type in the URL to geto the scriopt. For example. http://your_domain_name.com/emergency.php
  3. Enter your WordPress admin username and the new password, then click Update options. As stated above, this script will not work if you do no know your admin user name.
  4. Check your admin's email for the notification of the change, and try to login to the WordPress admin to verify that the change has worked.
  5. Delete the emergency.php file from the server after you have completed the above step. Remember that leaving this script on your server is a major security risk as anyone can use it to reset your admin password

Make sure that the script has been removed from your server after you have completed the change to your admin password.

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