• The nightmare has happened, you have forgotten the admin or user password for your WordPress website and you can’t get in to the admin area of your website. There are a number of ways to fix this but the phpMyAdmin way is my preferred way of resetting your WordPress admin password. We are basically going to find the account in the MySQL database and then remove the old password and put a new password in to allow you to login. ** MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A BACKUP FIRST  ** Login to phpMyAdmin Down the left side expand your WordPress database. (This will normally have wp in the title or even wordpress) When you expand it you will see a list of tables (These normally all start with wp) Scroll down the list and find the table called users. Click on that table name. Find your user account in the list Click edit on the same row of the account In the column user_pass you will notice a long line of characters. This is your forgotten password that has been encrypted. Delete that long line of characters and type in your new password in normal text In the function dropdown menu on the same row select MD5, this will hash your password and store it as a long line of characters. Now click go at the bottom of the page and try and login again to your website with your new password. Hope this was helpful. If your not comfortable doing this, please contact me and I will try and help you out.
  • March 21, 2021

    Must Have Free WordPress Plugins

    Having built a number of websites on WordPress, I have collected a list of my must have free plugins for WordPress. WordPress plugins increase the functionality of the standard WordPress platform and there are plenty to choose from. These WordPress plugins are the ones I pretty much use on any WordPress website that I build. From visitor statistics through to basic SEO. Here are my must have free WordPress plugins. Classic Editor WordPress Plugin A few versions back, the standard WordPress editor changed but I have never managed to get away with the new editor. The good news is that this plugin is the original editor for WordPress and puts things back as they should be. Link: Classic Editor – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin The Yoast SEO plugin in my opinion is one of the best free WordPress SEO plugins around. Once installed it adds an additional box to the editor page which allows you to manage the SEO for that post. It also gives recommendations on how to improve the SEO of your WordPress content and also the readability of each post and page. A really useful plugin. Link: Yoast SEO – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org WPS Hide Login WordPress Plugin This WordPress plugin does exactly what the name says, it allows you to change the WordPress admin login page to something different. This is a basic step to help secure your WordPress website. It is really easy to configure and would recommend installing it on any WordPress website. I also wrote a guide on how to setup WPS Hide Login Link: WPS Hide Login – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org WP-Forms Lite WordPress Plugin Every website needs a contact form, and this plugin makes it so easy to add a basic contact form to your...
  • I recently came across a problem when trying to update WordPress that was running on Centos 7. Whenever I tried to run the WordPress update from the admin area I got the following error: Unpacking the update… The update cannot be installed because we will be unable to copy some files. This is usually due to inconsistent file permissions.: wp-admin/includes/update-core.php Installation Failed From the error I initially thought this was a simple file permissions issue however after checking the the permissions on the WordPress installation everything appeared to be OK. After some reading up online there were a number of people talking about SELinux. SELinux stands for Security Enhanced Linux and its a security module that supports access control policies and is built into a number of Linux distributions including Centos 7. In my case this module was causing the updates to fail with the above error. So before you run your updates you need to SSH to your server and run the following command to disable SELinux: Sudo setenforce 0 Then run your WordPress updates. Once they are complete, enable SELinux again by running the following command: Sudo setenforce 1 Hope you find this useful.
  • February 16, 2020

    How To Change Your WordPress Admin Address

    WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world and there is a good reason for that. WordPress is an extremely flexible content management system and its ease of use helps to make it popular. But with popularity comes an increased security risk. One of the biggest problems is that anyone who has used WordPress knows the WordPress Admin Address. That anyone also includes people who might want to try and attack your website. The good news is there is a very easy way to change your WordPress admin address and that comes in the way of a plugin. So here is a step by step guide on how to change your WordPress admin address: Download and install the Plugin called WPS Hide Login (Click here to view details) Activate the plugin Hover over Settings in the menu Select WPS Hide Login Type in your chosen login address in the text field next to Login URL Change the redirection page to something else. I recommend putting 404 in here Click save changes and now browse to your new login address to login. I hope you found this useful!