Changing or resetting your WordPress password

By Anne White

Every WordPress user should have a username and password in order to access their account. This password is usually randomly generated when the account is created. There are a number of reasons why you may want to change or reset your password, including forgetting your password, or regularly changing it in order to keep your password updated for best practice. Follow the instructions below in order to change or reset your password.

Changing your password within your user profile:

If you know your password and can therefore access your account, you can change your password within your user profile.

You can access your user profile from anywhere in the backend of your site, by scrolling over your username and image in the top right-hand corner of the toolbar. This will display a menu with two options to access your profile and an option to log out of the sire. Clicking on either your username, or the “Edit my profile” link from the dropdown menu, will take you to your profile page.

Alternatively, you can access your user profile from the left-hand navigation menu by scrolling over “Users” and clicking on “My profile” from the menu that appears. This will take you directly to your profile page.

From within the “All Users” tab, clicking on your own username, or clicking on the “Edit” button beneath your username will also open your profile page.

Once you have accessed your profile, you will need to scroll down the page until you reach the “Account Management” section. From here, you can generate a new password by clicking on the “Generate password” button. This will create a randomly generated password which you can then use, or you can enter your own within the field.

If you are creating your own password, it is recommended to use a strong, unique password in order to properly protect your account. Beneath the password field is an indicator which tells you the strength of your password. The indicator will turn green when your password is strong enough to use.

You can also hide, or reveal the password by clicking on the eye icon beside the password field.

If you no longer want to change your password, click on the “Cancel” button beside the password field, in order to remove the password and return to the “Generate password” button.

Once you have entered your new password, and you are happy with it, click on the “Update profile” button at the bottom of the page in order to save any changes you have made.

This is a quick and easy way to change your password from within your profile, however, this is only possible if you know your current password.

Resetting your password from within the WordPress login screen:

If you have lost or forgotten your current password, you will not be able to access your account in order to change it. Therefore, you will need to reset your password from within the WP login screen.

From the login screen, click on the “Lost your password?” link beneath the login box.

This will take you to a new screen where you will need to enter your username or email address. Once you have entered either your username or email address, click on the “Get new password” button.

This will send a link to your email address that will allow you to reset your password. The link will take you to a password reset form that will ask you to enter your new password twice. Once you have entered your new password, simply click on the “Reset password” button at the bottom, and you will be able to use this new password to login to your WordPress account.

As you can see, it is a very quick and simple process to change or reset your password, whether you know your current password or not. Always ensure that you are following password best practice when creating new passwords, such as never re-using a password, in order to keep your account well protected.