Some of us (like me) have at one time or another forgotten the Admin Login for our WordPress site. Maybe you’ve tried using the Lost your password? function, but for whatever reason that doesn’t work.
So what do you do now? Start all over?
Nope. We’re going to modify our user table on the MySQL database by creating a new MD5 hash.
How in the world do I do that?
Well, first you need to create a new MD5 hash using this handy web site. Enter your new password in the string field of the site. Now save the MD5 hash text the site created for you and save it in a text file. You might also want to save the password in the text file just in case, but don’t forget to delete it once you’re done.
Now, you’re going to use MySQL Workbench to connect to the WordPress database. To learn how to connect to your MySQL database using Workbench please read our Knowledge Base article.
Once connected with MySQL Workbench expand the database. Expand your tables and right click on the users (this table may also be called wp_users depending on which table prefix you used when you installed WordPress).
After right clicking on the users tabled select Edit table data.
Find your admin user. Under the user_pass column next to the admin user and enter the MD5 hash you created. It should look like this:
Now click on the Apply button in MySQL Workbench. Click Apply again on the next window. Now click Finish.
After you completed all those steps you should now be able to log in to your admin section with the new password you created.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to configure goMobi to work with your WordPress site. Many of our users are using WordPress for their sites, and now you can have a Mobile web site for your WordPress-based site.
If you don’t have goMobi service yet, you can order goMobi through Control Panel. If you don’t have a WordPress site yet, we have a blog post article that shows you how to install WordPress using our Control Panel Application Installer.
Once your WordPress site is up and running and you have ordered goMobi for your site, check out this video on some the different things you can do with goMobi.
When you’re done watching the video you’re ready to configure WordPress with goMobi.
Log in to your goMobi account through our control panel by click on the goMobi tab at the top.
Now click on the blue Launch Mobile Site Builder link to log in. This will open a small window in your web browser.
Creating your mobile site can be relatively simple, or you can take full advantage of everything goMobi offers and spend some time setting up your mobile site. It can be a lot to go through, so we won’t step through it here. We’re primarily concerned with getting your mobile site to work with WordPress.
After you’ve created your goMobi site, you’ll need to create the redirection code that you will install on your WordPress application. This is necessary to properly route mobile traffic to your new mobile site.
In the goMobi window click on the Tools tab at the top.
Now expand the Redirection Code Generator section.
Place a check mark next to Redirect tablet computers if you want to redirect tablet computers too.
Select WordPress from the drop down menu and click Generate.
Clicking on the Generate button will create a mredirect.zip file that you will need to download locally onto your computer.
Now extract the .zip file onto your computer and connect to your site via FTP. We are going to upload the file into your WordPress site files directory.
When connected via FTP double click on the wp-content directory folder. Now go in to your plugins folder by double clicking on that too.
You want to upload the exacted mredirect folder containing the mredirect.php file to the plugins directory:
Now simply log in to your WordPress site as the Admin and activate the plug-in.
Once you have activated the plug-in, any mobile traffic to your WordPress application will be redirected to your mobile web site.
On April 24th we had a brief interruption on one of our backbone connections that made it appear as if WinHost had dropped off the map.
That interruption, outage, glitch or whatever you want to call it, raised a lot of questions that I thought I could use this opportunity to answer.
1) HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?
Every data center is connected to the Internet through high capacity connections called backbone connections. The “backbone” of the Internet is a group of high capacity providers called tier 1 providers.
Tier 1 providers are pretty reliable, they have to be or the Internet wouldn’t work. But they still have problems from time to time. A cut fiber on a construction site, a natural disaster or power outage, someone flipping the wrong switch – all of these things can cause an outage on a backbone connection.
2) WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A BACKUP IN PLACE?
We do. We have two backbone connections to our servers, provided by different companies. Normally the traffic in and out of the servers is balanced between those two connections using a number of network analyzing tools and a lot of routers and switches.
So if one connection is dropped, everyone whose traffic has been routed through that connection is cut off. The other half of the traffic, coming in on the other backbone connection, doesn’t experience a problem. That’s what happened on the 24th.
If there was an extended outage on one of the connections we could switch all traffic to the working connection. Making that switch (and then switching back when the problem is solved) is not a trivial matter though, so we wouldn’t do it unless we anticipated a long outage on the connection that was down.
A long outage on a backbone connection is rare though, so rerouting all the traffic is usually unnecessary.
3) WHY DON’T YOU POST THE OUTAGE ON YOUR SITE OR IN THE FORUM?
Anyone affected by the outage wouldn’t be able to see our site or the forum, since they can’t access anything on our network.
We reacted and responded on Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook, which is probably more effective than an outage post somewhere on our site or on a status site somewhere (that no one knows how to get to).
Things like this are part and parcel of life on the Internet. Any provider who tells you they can host your site and there will never be an outage of any kind isn’t telling you the truth. All of these things (even the mighty, mystical cloud) run on hardware. And hardware is just machines and machines don’t run perpetually without problems.
When they invent machines that do run forever without problems, we’ll be first in line to buy them. I can guarantee that.
Until then, we’ll continue to provide the best service your money can buy, and be open and honest about actual and potential problems.
Thousands of WordPress sites are being compromised causing havoc with their site owners and their hosting providers. The method which the hackers are using is an old method known as a Brute Force Attack. This method simply employs the process of submitting passwords until you finally happen across the right one.
The effects on the site can vary, but it will entail a slower WordPress site, and high bandwidth consumption. This will mean you may pay more for the additional bandwidth you consume even if it was caused by your WordPress site being hacked.
To counter this you need to take two basic steps.
- If you are using the default administrative login “Admin” for your WordPress site update it to be other than Admin.
- Update the password to be more sophisticated and complex. A minimum length of eight characters is recommended. Vary the password with characters (upper and lower case), numeric, and special characters such as “#”, “!”, “%”, and “&”. This will strengthen your password making it impossible to “guess” using a brute force attack.
If you want to read up on picking a good strong password, I suggest this Microsoft article that explains how to decide what a strong password entails.
An optional feature worth considering is to enable your WordPress site with the WordPress 2 Step Authentication. It is an added security on top of inputting your login and password credentials with a random generated verification code from Google Authenticator App. You can get more details on how to enable this for your WordPress site on this link. http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/two-step-authentication/
If you want to read up more on these recent attacks to WordPress web sites, try looking at these links.
If you’ve looked at your web site statistics lately you may have noticed a pretty dramatic increase in visitors on mobile devices. With 45% of American adults owning smartphones, the increase shouldn’t be a surprise.
Maybe you have been thinking that it’s time for you to provide a mobile version of your site. If so, you’re absolutely right. But if you’re like me, you don’t relish the idea of writing the responsive code for a mobile version of your site — or worse yet, a mobile version of several sites.
Well, as it happens, we have just started to offer something that may make your life a lot easier: goMobi.
goMobi is a mobile web site builder that provides a way to create a mobile version of your site with a ton of great, essential mobile features, all with a few mouse clicks.
Okay, there are more than a few clicks involved, but it’s ridiculously easy to use.
Your mobile site is hosted on goMobi’s servers, so there’s nothing to upload or configure. All you do is drop a few lines of automatically generated code into your main web site that detects mobile visitors and redirects them to the mobile version of your site.
Added bonus: you can buy goMobi service for a site that we host or ala carte, for use on a site hosted anywhere.