Change your WordPress password with WP-CLI
WP-CLI is a command line tool that helps you perform different actions on your WordPress site. If you're comfortable with using SSH commands, you'll notice that WP-CLI has simplified commands created for WordPress sites. Here's how to change your password with commands available in WP-CLI.
Warning: You should always back up your site before making any changes to the database.
Required: You'll need the following to complete these steps:
- An SSH app. We suggest PuTTY for Windows, or Terminal for macOS.
- Your FTP details. If you don’t have them already written down, you should find your FTP host, username, and password:
- For your FTP host, you can use either your domain name or your IP address.
- You can find your FTP username and password in your hosting account for Linux Hosting with cPanel or Managed WordPress Hosting (steps 1-7).
Note: If you have a VPS or DED Server, you need to install WP-CLI before you can start using it. WP-CLI is not available on our Windows Hosting plans.
- Connect to your hosting account with SSH.
- Use the bash command ls to list files and folders, and cd and ../ to move through directories until you're in the directory with your WordPress files.
- Enter the following command to view a list of users for your WordPress site. Make note of the ID number for the user you want to update.
wp user list
- Enter the following command to update the password for that user.
wp user update id --user_pass=passwordIn the command above, you should replace:
- id with the number you noted in Step 3.
- password with your new secure password.
You can now log in with your new password.
- Here's what to do if you're unable to sign in to WordPress.
- Want to know more about WP-CLI? Find developer specific info on their official site.
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