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Add an Admin user in WordPress with phpMyAdmin

Posted on 01/10/2014 by

When you are unable to login to your Admin account at WordPress (your site got hacked or you simply forgot your password and/or username) it could be useful to create another account with admin privileges. We will show you how to do that in phpMyAdmin.
For this tutorial you will need: phpMyAdmin

1. Login to your phpMyAdmin (through www.your_site/phpmyadmin or via cPanel)
2. Locate your WP database
3. Go to table wp-users
4. Click Insert
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5. Enter user_login (desired username), user_pass (desired password and choose MD5 in dropdown menu!) and user_email (your email). Click Go
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6. Click on Browse and remember ID of your newly created user
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7. Now go to table wp_usermeta and click on Insert
8. In first field enter user_id (from step 6), meta_key (wp_capabilities) and meta_value (a:1:{s:13:”administrator”;b:1;})
9. In second field (below) enter user_id (from step 6), meta_key (wp_user_level) and meta_value (10). Click Go
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10. That’s it. You can now login to your WordPress and change pass of your old admin user (or whatever you need to do)

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