I can't log in as admin on my wordpress site. I've tried to change the password, and a bunch of other stuff, but no result. What happens is that I come back to the log in page, no message. The strange thing is that I can log in as another user, but then I don't have the authority that I need.

I've checked the PHP log files and I can't find anything there. I've tried to go in private mode, but it doesn't work either.

Suggestions what I should try?

  • Try disabling plugins by moving them out of the plugin folder or temporarily renaming the folders (a prefix, for example: 'folder-name' becomes '_folder-name' so you can undo it later)
    – GhostToast
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 13:21
  • Tried it, didn't work.
    – Rhyder
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 13:26
  • Check whether you have capabilities correctly for you admin user, have you mendle with capabilities of the admin directly on DB Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 11:13

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Maybe you can upload wp-login.php again or change your Admin password with sql query: UPDATE 'wp_users' SET 'user_pass' = MD5('PASSWORD') WHERE 'user_login' ='admin' LIMIT 1;


What you're saying suggests your tokens are not correct. If I were you I'd try to change the password via phpmyadmin :

UPDATE wp_users SET user_pass = MD5('newpassword') WHERE user_login = "admin";

Change with your login and/or table prefix.

  • Tried it, didn't work, tried to change the password the "normal" way, and when I clicked the link that I got in the mail, it says: Sorry, that key does not appear to be valid. Something seems corrupt.
    – Rhyder
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 13:44

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