Yes, it’s that time again: more WordPress security made easy with iControlWP!
This is not something you need to do often, but it’s one of those things that has 4 or 5 separate steps to it, and that makes automating the task a small joy.
Why would you change the WordPress MySQL Database User Password?
You would do this basically for the same reason you rotate any passwords. Security maintenance.
Using the same password long-term has inherent risks. Regularly updating the password does no harm.
If at any time you suspect anyone has your WordPress database login credentials, simply changing your password will lock them out.
The topic of recovering a compromised WordPress site is huge, and I’ll not go into it here.
Suffice it to say, there are many things to be done during recovery, and changing the password is one option along the road.
What does changing the WordPress MySQL Database User Password involve?
There are 2 main steps involved here.
- Change the password for the MySQL database user.
- Update the WordPress wp-config.php with the new MySQL password
Neither of these are difficult, but can be a little time consuming if you have many sites you need to perform this on.
This is where iControlWP helps as it provides an interface to directly making these changes without you having to do any of the heavy lifting.
How to change the WordPress MySQL Password the easy way: iControlWP
It’s easy to update your MySQL user password with iControlWP. You simply supply the new password, confirm you’re ready to do it, and click the button.
This feature may not work if you have 2 security settings in place, namely:
- PHP cannot write to your wp-config.php file, and/or
- PHP cannot use the exec to make system calls
If your system doesn’t support it, it wont make the change and will leave your site intact. That said though, it’s always important to have a backup of your database and wp-config.php file.
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