If you manage a significant number of WordPress Sites I’m sure that at some point you have forgotten a Log-in password. It gets worse if the site is in your local computer and the recovery by “email” is not configured yet. What to do in those cases?

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to set up a new password if you have access to the database:

  1. Open “phpMyAdmin” or any other program that allows you to visualize your WordPress database.
  2. Go to the “wp_users” table
  3. Click on “Show Content”. You should see now a list of records that represent the different Users in your WordPress Site
  4. Select the User that you would like to change and click on “Edit/Modify”
  5. In the column “user_pass”, select the function “md5”
  6. In the same column, write your new password in the input box
  7. Click on “Save”

That’s it! Now if you go to “wp-admin” you should be able to log in using your new password. The best part is that you can use this “trick” both locally or in your remote server. You only need access to the Database, which most WordPress hosting providers give you access to anyways.

Hope this helped you out! Please let us know in the comments 🙂

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A failing WordPress Plugin can create a mess. It can make your wp-admin page unreachable, so you won’t be able to disable it or delete it!  So, what to do in those cases? We have good news for you, it’s extremely easy!

This issue normally happens for two reasons:

  1. The Plugin is not compatible with your current WordPress version
  2. The Plugin is fatally conflicting with another component

Either way, it’s breaking your site and needs to be removed. This is what you need to do.

  1. Go to the “wp-content” folder that contains the Plugin folder
  2. Change the name to the plugin that caused all this to “<plugin_name>_old”. You can choose any name, as long as it’s a new one.
  3. Go again to your “wp-admin” page
  4. If everything worked out fine, you should be able to access again!
  5. If this is the case, you can now go back to “wp-content” and safely delete the Plugin we renamed a few steps before. However, if you still have the same issue, this most likely means that the selected plugin had nothing to do with it in the first place, so you are free to rename it back to its original name and try with a different plugin.

If you tried with all plugins and you are still having the same problem, it most likely means that it’s not Plugin related. The best in these cases is to try to remember when it all started. It might be that the problem is related to a Server configuration in your hosting provider. For those cases, it’s always a good idea to reach to their support chat with a copy of the error message that you are getting on the screen.

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Posts returning 404 error is unfortunately pretty common when installing or configuring plugins. The good news is that usually quite easy to fix!

It normally happens for two reasons:

  1. The “Permalinks” need to be updated after a change in the URLs
  2. A Plugin is creating a conflict with another component of your website

In this post, I’m going to explain which steps you need to do to fix this issue in only 5 minutes!

The “Permalinks” need to be updated after a change in the URLs

  1. In the “wp-admin”, go to “Settings”
  2. Click on the submenu “Permalinks”
  3. Verify that the configuration is set up properly
  4. Click “Save”
  5. Clean both your Browser Cache and any other Cache System that the WordPress website has
  6. Check again whether the Posts are still returning a 404 error

 

A Plugin is creating a conflict with another component of your website

  1. In the “wp-admin”, go to “Plugins”
  2. Take note of the Plugins which are currently active and inactive (You are going to need this to restore the initial state)
  3. Disable all plugins (Don’t delete them!)
  4. Check whether the Posts are still returning 404 error. Most likely they are not.
  5. Start activating Plugins one by one, and checking for the 404 error after EACH activation.
  6. If at some point you encounter the 404 error again. This means that the Plugin that you just activated is conflicting either with another Plugin or with the current Permalinks structure.
  7. Please verify and change the Plugin configuration or delete it in case it’s not essential.
  8. After the problem is fixed, restore the initial state by following the notes taken in step number 2

 

Hope this helped you out! Please let us know in the comments 🙂

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