How to Change Your Password in WordPress

In WordPress, there is more than one way to set your password. In normal circumstances, you can do it through the WordPress interface. If you forget your password, WordPress has a built in recovery mechanism that uses email.

Here’s a list of different ways to reset a password. Any one of them will work, and you only need one to succeed. Which method you will use depends on what type of access you still have to your website.

To Change Your Password

To change your password in current versions:

  1. In the Admin Panel menu, go to USERS
  2. Click on your username in the list to edit
  3. In the Edit User screen, scroll down to the New Password section and type in a new password in the two boxes provided. The strength box will show how good (strong) your password is.
  4. Click the UPDATE PROFILE button

Through the automatic emailer

If you know your username and the email account in your profile, you can use the “lost password” feature of WordPress.

  • Go to your WordPress Login page (something like http://yoursite.com/wordpress/wp-login.php)
  • Click on lost password
  • You will be taken to a page to put in some details. Enter your user name and the email address on file for that account.
  • Wait happily as your new password is emailed to you.
  • Once you get your new password, login and change it to something you can remember on your profile page.