At some point in your life you will do something silly and somehow not be able to login to your Joomla install with your admin account. Your client will change something or you mistype a password….who knows, but it happens from time to time.
Crap! How do I get in here again?
Typically the first thing people will do is dig into their database, snoop around jos_users for the admin account, and then see an entry for password that is not what they remember putting in. This is because the password is one way MD5 hash, so if your site or database gets compromised your password isn’t sitting there in plain site.
Enough with the yapping. How do I fix it?
First things first. Let’s not forget the obvious. Joomla has a “lost password” function. Access it via this url:
This should work fine assuming you know the email address on the admin account. Otherwise, keep reading. (more…)
Tags: Joomla, joomla 1.5, security