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[Resolved] wp-login.php does not recognize my username

  • Hello. I installed WordPress over a year ago and just got around to getting a book on it, which asks me to login to wp-login.php, however it does not recognize my username. I do not know the version I installed, either, or where to look for it, if that will help.

    Hope you can help.


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  • The default username is admin. Does that help?

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work, and even so, don’t I need to get into my account? I did not lose the password or the login, I have it in an email that was sent to me from WordPress, so it’s not about my faulty memory.

    I see in some other forums that other people have had this problem. I have now upgraded, I believe, to the current version, although it is hard to see how you know for sure that it was successful.

    So does this mean I can’t access my control panel? It’s frustrating that I can’t even get past the first instruction to login. I found the online wordpress to be incredibly confusing, and I got my first Dummies book, and now I feel really, really stupid.

    If there is anything anyone can do to help me it would be greatly appreciated.

    Try adding /wp-admin/ to your blog domain, as I once did that and it accepted my login when I was having trouble. I also think the login is case sensitive.

    Good Luck

    You can go into PHPMyAdmin and change it in the wp_users table. When you change the password, make sure you select MD5 from the dropdown box.

    Honestly, though, if it’s been a year and you haven’t put anything on the site, why don’t you just delete it and start over with a copy of the latest version?

    Thanks to you both. First, I tried to add /wp-admin/ to my blog domain. I put this in:


    and it redirected me and said I had to upgrade, which then said was successful. But the username is still not recognized. Is that the correct full extension I should have put in? (My files are under /blog).

    Then I tried to find a PHPMyAdmin somewhere in my list of file names but I don’t see anything with that name. Is there another way I should look for this?

    If it comes to it, I will redo the whole thing as suggested, although I did already upgrade, and I am afraid I won’t be able to find the theme I used last time if it is no longer available. (It is called “Fog.”) I really like it. I guess I don’t want to start from scratch if I don’t have to, but if so, I will.

    Thanks for your help and further suggestions.

    PHPMyAdmin is software that lets you manage your database.

    You can find the Fog template here:


    But it has not been updated for 2.7.1 so you might have issues.

    Also – did you use the lost password link?

    Thanks so much for your help.

    I did already try the lost password link, but it says it does not have a record of the user, not the password. Any email I type in does not work.

    So if Fog has not been updated, does that mean it might be discontinued or they have just not updated it yet?

    So is PHPMyAdmin a free software? Is it complicated for a semi-savvy user?

    Thanks for your quick response. It really helps.

    The PHPMyAdmin is not for someone on my level. I have no clue.
    I give up.

    It makes absolutely no sense that WordPress would not recognize the user name and there is no way to solve it other than starting all over.

    Flippycanoo, it is kind of hard to understand for newbies. I would be happy to do it for you, but you would have to give me your login information. If you don’t want to do that, I understand, but if you do, you can contact me through my profile.

    I can also help you update the theme – that’s just a matter of a couple of lines of code.

    Hi RoseCitySister: Thanks again for all your help. I tried everything, then took your final piece of advice. I got rid of everything and then reinstalled it. As you pointed out, I didn’t have any entries, so it wasn’t a big deal. Now I am overwhelmed with starting my blog, but that’s another story!

    Thanks again.

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