Whether its a hacked site or a lost password, you may find that you are locked out of your WordPress Admin control panel. If you’ve forgotten your password or don’t have access to the email address that the “Lost your password?” link sends to, you still have one more option to access it. Through the database! WordPress’ database stores all WordPress username, encrypted passwords, and the user’s email address and thus can be edited through a database client like phpMyAdmin. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to edit the email address and change your user’s password.
PhpMyAdmin is a user-friendly graphical interface to interact with MySQL/MariaDB and is a cornerstone of any webhosting environment. Because of this, it is also a commonly exploited part of the server and should be connected to with https://. If you have not yet installed an SSL on your domain, its good idea to do so for security with phpMyAdmin.
When you create a website on Cloud Sites control panel using Linux technology, setting up a database for that site will use phpMyAdmin as the MariaDB database handler for your site. If you haven’t set up a database in Cloud Sites, see our article Creating a Database in Cloud Sites.