WEBFI-WordPress-How to Add an Admin User to the WordPress Database via MySQL

Should you ever get hacked or have a issue with your database there are some things that are useful to know. One powerful tool is the ability to create a new admin user without logging in to your site. In this video, we will show you how to add an admin user to the WordPress database using MySQL.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

Start by log gin in to your host’s cpanel

One you log in you will see databases, you may want to back them up before proceeding.

Open the wp_users table and click insert.

Fill in the information and use a md5 password.

With the information filled in click ‘Go’ and it will tell you how many rows were affected with a green check mark.

Next update the wp_usermeta by clicking insert.

Leave the unmeta_id blank

Fill the user_id with the id from before, meta_key will be wp_capabilities, and meta_value will be: a:1:{s:13:”administrator”;s:1:”1″;}

Then fill another row with unmeta_id blank and user_id the one from before.

meta_key will be wp_user_level and meta_value is 10.

Now you will have a new admin user on your site.

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How to do a database backup



  • Sultan Shaik on January 29, 2015

    Thank you so much… this worked perfectly for me. I have a question, my admin user got deleted from users column by itself. I had nothing to do with it. Thankfully, i created it again using your guide. But why do you think it got deleted in the first place?

  • Gary Hills on February 22, 2015

    you skip through way too much not showing what you are putting in fields. Not very helpful really

  • Gregory Magnuszewski on October 16, 2015

    Omg, es like gosh darn Rocket Science, SloW DowN!

  • Sam Hatch on November 2, 2015

    Hey, Thank you. This helped with memory issues.

  • Internet Marketing Light on December 18, 2015

    a bit fast, had to replay several times to figure out the user ID part but over all GREAT Video!!! Thank You!! 🙂

  • Jonathan Tarrant on April 14, 2016

    This is WPBeginner? Jeez – there is NO explanation of any step and it's at 100 miles an hour.

  • The Tutt1 on April 21, 2016

    did it all the same like in video and tutorial, not working, just made normal account, but not admin account… any solutions?

  • Alex de BCN on July 23, 2016

    I have WordPress 4.5.3 and I am Admin but I can’t manage my users (add or delete or change roles). Why could that be? What can I do? Anyone please help!

  • Joanna Łącka on August 5, 2016

    this is the worst tutorial I've ever seen.. Cuted words.. wrr….

  • Paula Schuler on September 10, 2016

    Thank you! One suggestion, let the screens stay up a little longer. You move through it pretty quickly.

  • MystalurDimensh on September 19, 2016

    Worked like a charm. Thank you!

  • denn denn on February 26, 2017

    America, where there's no such thing as the beginning of a sentence nor the end of a sentence.

  • TeamMoRoCcanFiGhTers on March 20, 2017

    your action is faster than your voice !! this is the worst tutorial I've ever seen

  • Victorene Tamapua on June 27, 2017

    got locked out of my wordpress website..any other way to gain my access instead of using phpmyadmin please really need help here

  • El Torino on July 14, 2017

    I did exactly what it said but it added a normal user not admin

  • Elisabeth Donati on July 29, 2017

    Could you have done this any faster? OMG I couldn't follow any of it.

  • Wilfredo Gutierrez on November 6, 2017

    Thank you!!!

  • José Desgris on January 26, 2018

    Great video. Feel free to learn more about self development and marketing to make more money for your projects in life.

  • Josip Matić on August 23, 2019

    Work perfectly!

  • The Designer Developer on October 10, 2019

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! It helped me a bunch. I used it because the client only sent me credentials to their hosting but not the website and although I can change their password I didn't want to so this saved me!

  • Angela M WorkFlowLounge on November 27, 2019

    OMG … I am a fast learner but this video was useless. I'm experienced in sql but this was so fast that I couldn't even follow it. It's ok to take 3 min to explain something this important

  • Ahmad Wali on January 17, 2020

    I have to slow down the speed to watch it! The person who made the video either stupid or doesn't know how to make video tutorials…

  • Omar Salah on July 12, 2020

    This really saved my life. thank a lo. I was going to use lots of hours of work

  • The Vegan Villainess on July 18, 2020

    Thanks, this helped, for some reason I couldn't access the admin dashboard, however you went through this way too quickly.

  • John T on June 23, 2021

    I love your videos – a little more detail would be appreciated

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