When You Need To Break In To Your Own WordPress Database
One of the hardest jobs I deal with is helping small business owners move their sites to a better hosting service.
Moving a simple Wordpress site shouldn’t be hard. But all too often, my new clients started out with a service that promised "We do it all!" That is, they regsiter your domain name, set up a web hosting account and build your web site or provide you with a template to build your own.
This can seem like a good deal…at first. But then, my clients come to a crossroads. Their business is growing, but their web site is locked in to a service that can’t accomodate that growth.
In a recent case, moving the Wordpress site away from the original hosting company was like trying to wrestle a fish away from an octopus. Among other things, they wouldn’t provide my client with access to her own Wordpress database.
I had FTP access to get all the files. And by installing a Wordpess backup plugin, I was able to get the database file. But without the user name and password, I couldn’t install that database into the new wordpress on the new hosting account. And changes made to the database by the old hosting servcie prevented me from using the only work-around I knew.
Situations like this have given me a headache more than once. So I was delighted to run across a blog post titled Emergency Wordpress Access where Wordpress tweaker Yoast gives away a free script that solves this problem. It helps you get emergency access to the database by adding a new user admin account. You can download the file and see an illustrated explanation on his site.
Bonnie Boots publishes The Internet Wizards Magazine and this companion The Internet Wizards Blog to teach self-employed people and small businesses owners how to leverage the internet for advertising, marketing and promoting their business. To stay in touch with her, type your name and email into the subscriber box in the upper right corner of this page. You’ll be glad you did!email2friend
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