Forgotten WordPress Password
If you have forgotten your wordpress password, and the forgot your password email reminder does not work (or is set to someone elses email), then there are a few things you can do.
- Option 1: Update the password directly in the database using mysql cli or myphpadmin
- Option 2: Edit the “function.php” file in your active themes folder. (Not the wordpress main function.php file) and add in the following at the top, after the <?php:
Then visit your wordpress website. The password will be reset to “yournewpassword”. Re-Edit the functions.php file. Then Login
The latter worked nicely for me on a remote host with only ftp access to files.
Backing up WordPress – ‘duplicator’ plugin
In looking after a remote wordpress install, it is nice to have a full clean working backup to restore back to. Then incase wordpress gets attacked/destroyed/host goes down, then you have a working copy.
One of the best wordpress backup plugins I have found is: “Duplicator“.
“Duplicator” will allow you to take a complete copy of a WordPress install, including all files and SQL database, change all the Site URLs, permalinks and allow you to deploy to www.newserver.com/whateverurl
You install the duplicator plugin to the remote wordpress installation. Click run (not sure if this can be automated). A single zipped backup of SQL and all files are created. An “installer.php” file is given. Put this installed and the Zip file onto a new server, at any url, and browse to the installer.php. It will ask for a new database user/pw and will setup right there a working copy of the entire wordpress site with links all updated.