This is my bad experience with the WordPress login page. You can see that there had been no posts on this blog since many months (after the box.com post). My account at the web host I was hosting this blog, had disabled due to some payment issues. After a few months, now, I thought of hosting this blog with another host and already had the full backup, so I thought restoring shouldn’t cause any major problems.
I restored the WordPress blog and database (if you want to know how to restore these, check out this post which is coming soon) and it was up. But I wasn’t able to login into the Admin Panel, using any of the user logins (including admin user logins). I went into phpmyadmin from the cpanel of my webhost and tried changing the passwords of all these users, one by one, trying to login with each of them, but all attempts failed. What was surprising was that WordPress went back to the login screen without giving any error, after each login attempt.
I kept fiddling with one thing or the other and kept trying to log into WordPress. All of this was a waste of time. The problem was a silly one. Actually, the problem was a minor one and everything was failing due to this one small problem.
What was the problem? Cookies! Yes, rotten Chrome cookies did all this and wasted my many hours trying to figure out the problem. But in the process, I learnt how to create a new WP user by using phymyadmin and also change any of the users’ password using phpmyadmin. (Topic for another post). There have been many times when clearing the cookies in Chrome has helped resolved login issues but I forget to do this and at times I don’t wish to do this as many passwords are saved in these cookies and I don’t want to type them in again. But, from now I will make it a point to clear the cache and cookies every month at least.
So, you too make it a point to clear your browser cookies regularly. These aren’t something you should store for long, thinking that you can eat them later when hungry. 🙂 They are files which can become corrupt with time. You can also use a tool like CCleaner for clearing your browser cache and cookies regularly.
If you want to read how I created additional admin users or changed the existing users’ passwords using phpmyadmin, view this post (Coming soon).
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