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How to Change Your Password in WordPress

In a pervious post, we went into detail on how you can change your WordPress password manually via PhpMyAdmin, but did not show how you could change your password in WordPress itself for a user, so here it is!

The first thing that you would need to do is simply to log in to your WordPress dashboard. In most cases, you would do this by typing in the proper URL, such as http://yoursite.com/login/

Once you have logged in, you should take a look at the menu on the left. Select “Users”, then go to “Your Profile.” Keep scrolling down until you see an option for “New Password.” This is where you will get the opportunity to change your password in WordPress.

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However, before you decide to do the WordPress change of password, there are a couple of things that you should consider first. You will want to ensure that you are using a strong password. This means one that will be easy for you to remember, but hard for anybody else to guess. WordPress requires that your password be at least seven characters long, but it is recommended that you select a longer password in order to ensure maximum account security. If you’re unsure of a strong password, check out our random password generator tool.

You should use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letter, numbers and symbols to make your password harder to guess. Avoid writing down your password anywhere and never share it with others. Another important security tip is never to use your WordPress password on any other site. This could include your email account, your web hosting account, or a membership at a website that sells WordPress themes. The reason behind this is quite simple: if a website or online service that you use is compromised and passwords are leaked, using the same password everywhere will make it easier for hackers to access your other accounts, including the Administrator account of your WordPress site. Having your site compromised is definitely not a fun experience. Therefore, you should do everything possible to avoid that.

The “New Password” option requires that you type your password twice to confirm that you have typed it correctly. It also shows a “Strength Indicator,” which displays just how strong and hard to guess your new password is. While this indicator is only a suggestion, it is recommended that you created the strongest password that you can remember to ensure maximum security.

After you have typed in the new password, you simply need to click on the “Update Profile” button. This will save your new password. From this point on, you can use it to log in to your WordPress account.

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As you can see, changing your WordPress password is one of the easiest things that you can do within this content management system. If there is something that was unclear or you have any questions about changing your password, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments.

Author: Kaumil Patel

Kaumil Patel is the Chief Operating Officer of GreenGeeks and has over 13 years of experience in the web hosting industry working for and owning web hosting companies. Kaumil’s expertise is in marketing, business development, operations, acquisitions and mergers.

Updated on March 6, 2017

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