Well I was locked out of one of my WordPress websites the past couple of days thank to a plugin I had installed called Login Security Solution.
It had requested I change my password, however it didn’t matter what password I tried to set, it would keep telling me my password was not strong enough. With extensive Googling it turns out this is a pretty common problem, even the author is present on these pages:
The main solution mentioned is to login as a different user and …. wait a minute, what if you only have the one user!!!
Yes well, I even found a really interesting website with four ways to change your password, but Login Security Solutions was still stopping me even though I knew my password and could reset it via other means, good old Login Security Solutions would just stop me at the same place asking me to reset it again and again.
So, how did I fix this problem? Easy when you know how. You need to have access to cpanel and ftp (or cpanels file manager):
- First go locate the Login Security Solutions plugin, it will be here “/public_html/wp-content/plugins/login-security-solution”. Rename the “login-security-solution” folder to “xlogin-security-solution”.
- Now in your cpanel, locate the phpMyAdmin app and run it.
- Now you need to find the database you use for your WordPress site, it will probably be in the form “username_wp????”.Open that database.
- Now in your database there will be an entry called “???_users”, open this entry.
- You should now be looking at the list of users in the database, locate the user you want to change the password of and click the Edit button to the left of that entry.
- Edit the password text, then to the left of that edit box change the drop-down menu to “MD5”. Click the GO button.
- You’re password is now changed! You should now be able to login at the usual www.mysite.com/wp-login.php page.