If your site was hacked, you forgot your password, or for some reason, you cannot log in to your WordPress admin dashboard, do not despair. There’s another way to gain access – you can create a new WordPress admin user by directly editing your site’s database.

How to create a new WordPress admin user with PhpMyAdmin

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Here’s how to create your new user…

  1. Step 1: Access your MySQL database

    First, you’ll need to access a tool called phpMyAdmin so that you can edit your database. You can usually do so via a link in your hosting account dashboard.
    The exact name varies depending on the host, but look for options such as:
    phpMyAdmin
    Database Manager
    Here’s what it looks like in cPanel:

  2. Step 2: Go to the wp_users table

    Now, select your WordPress site’s database from the list of databases on the left. Then, click on the wp_users table.
    Note – some hosts change the prefix of the wp_users table for security. For example, you might see it as wpud_users. Just open the table that says [something]_users.

  3. Step 3: Insert a new WordPress admin user in the users table

    In the wp_users table, click on the Insert tab.
    On the next screen you’ll see a form:

    Fill in the following details:
    user_login: Insert the username you want to use for your new admin user.
    user_pass: Add a password for the account and select MD5 in the Function drop-down.
    user_email: Add the email address you want to use.
    user_registered: Select the date and time for when this user should be registered.
    user_status: Set this value to zero.
    Don’t worry about the other fields; leave them empty for now. Once you’ve filled out the fields, scroll to the bottom and click Go:

    After clicking Go, you should see a success screen. If you go back to the wp_users table, you should see your new user. Pay attention to the value in the ID column as you’ll need this in the next step:

  4. Step 4: Insert user meta values

    To finish things out, go to the wp_usermeta table and click on Insert. Again, the name might be slightly different – just look for the table that says [something]_usermeta.
    Then, fill in the following values (again, leave the other fields empty):
    user_id: Fill in the ID of the user you created in the previous step.
    meta_keyEnter wp_capabilities
    meta_value: Fill in the field with a:1:{s:13:"administrator";s:1:"1";}

    Click on Go to complete the user creation process. You can now log in to your WordPress site using the credentials from Step 3.


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