Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve had time to prioritize blogging. Maybe your password is saved in your browser, but you recently got a new computer. Whatever the reason, you’ve lost access to your WordPress.com website. A successful blog needs to be continually fed, and without that WordPress login and fresh content, you run the risk of being forgotten by your followers.
The good news is that — whether it’s your WordPress admin login or that of a contributor — it’s possible to regain access to your site and get back to publishing.
1. Login link email
One way to log in without your credentials on hand is by having a login link emailed to you directly. From the initial login screen, click the option that says Email me a login link. WordPress.com will send a link to the email address associated with your account so that you can log in without your password.
2. Lost password option
If you prefer to reset your password, you can use the lost password option. From the login page, click Lost your password? and enter either your WordPress.com username or email address. You’ll receive an email with a link that will let you designate a new password and regain access to your site.
3. Reset your password via SMS
If you have two-step authentication enabled, you can reset your password via SMS. Similar to the lost password option above, click Lost your password? from the login screen and enter your email address or username. You’ll receive a text message with a six-digit code. Enter that code into the designated box to reset your password.
4. Assisted account recovery
Sometimes, you don’t have access to an old email address anymore. If that’s the case, you have one more option: the Account Recovery Form. It will request information such as your contact email address and proof of account ownership (items that confirm your identity as the blog or website owner). Once you complete the form, one of WordPress.com’s Happiness Engineers will reach out to provide you with WordPress login recovery options.
Make your new password secure and memorable
Once you regain access to your account, remember to change your password to something secure. Your WordPress.com site can do so much for you, but it won’t work unless you keep that login information safe.
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