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    I have referred to the codex article above and tried to reset my password using phpMyAdmin to no success. When I change the password on wp-users and select MD5 and then click ‘go’ my new password doesn’t appear on the next page adn doesn’t work when i try to login.

    as far as i can tell – the phpMy Admin route is the only one open to me since i’ve lost both my password and username.

    can anyone suggest what might be happening?
    thanks, Esther

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  • Go back to PhpMyAdmin, go to the ‘SQL’ tab, and paste this:

    SELECT * FROM wp_users LEFT JOIN wp_usermeta ON wp_users.ID = wp_usermeta.user_id WHERE meta_value LIKE '%administrator%'

    You should get a list of all the users with the ‘administrator’ role. One of those should be your account. You ought to recognize the email address or something. Then use the password reset function at /wp-login.php to straighten things out. Be sure to check that the email address in the database is an address you still use. If not, change it so that you get the reset email.

    How was it that you could change your password using PhpMyAdmin if you don’t know your username?

    As far as what is happening? Its hard to say. WordPress actually uses a salted MD5 but my understanding is that it should still accept a straight MD5. Maybe there is a bug that prevents that. Or there is a bug in PhpMyAdmin’s MD5 function. Or you made a mistake. Its hard to say.


    thanks for this – however when i pasted that in the following message came up
    #1064 – You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘WHEREmeta_valueLIKE '%administrator%&#039 LIMIT 0, 30’ at line 1

    not sure which part is wrong or how to correct it.

    thanks, Esther

    Put a space between the words, like it reads above. Type it out if you have to. The forum formatting might be messing with the things. That happened to me the first time I checked it, but I thought I’d solved the issue, and I just copied, pasted and got no error.

    You can reset admin user name and password by editing wp_users table

    you will find instructions here

    It sounds like she tried that, govpatel, and it didn’t work for some reason.

    thanks apljdi and govpatel

    in the end i just went into phpmyadmin and changed the email address so that i could then set a new password on the wordpress login page.

    ta! esther

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