I have deleted some users, and now I want to recover onen of them. But I have a mesage that the user name and his email already exist.

  • do you have direct access to your database? mysql? phpmyadmin?
    – woony
    Aug 16, 2012 at 14:21
  • @woony. yes I have
    – s976
    Aug 16, 2012 at 15:11
  • Really I see that the username still exists in DB. But in wordpress I dont see it.
    – s976
    Aug 16, 2012 at 17:52
  • I would like to add a WARNING: Deleting Users within WordPress can result in pages/posts getting deleted that the user created. Just recovered a client's website from such a data loss. Dec 16, 2014 at 15:53

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Go into the Users section in the WP back end and type in the username that exists. You should find a record if it is still there.

Deleting users completely deletes them - there is no "trash" normally, so the user should no longer exist in the database unless you have a plugin which keeps them.

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