A tutorial on WordPress password requirements

In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you the WordPress password requirements for new user accounts, as well as how you can secure new user accounts. Read on!

WordPress Password Requirements Basics

Here’s the thing about WordPress password requirements: they’re no different to any other website password requirements.

Well, any good password requirements, anyway!

All good websites worth their weight should enforce strong password rules when creating a new user account.

What do I mean by strong password rules?

The characteristics of strong passwords, as defined by Lafayette University, are as follows:

  • At least 8 charactersโ€”the more characters, the better.
  • A mixture of both uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • A mixture of letters and numbers.
  • Inclusion of at least one special character, e.g., ! @ # ? ]

Therefore, you should absolutely employ these rules when creating a new password for your WordPress users.

Generating a New Password For a WordPress User

WordPress is pretty nifty in that it has a feature that automatically generates strong passwords for your WordPress users.

This means that you don’t need to create the password yourself.

Although if you are creating the account on an iPhone, for example, the iPhone will offer to generate a strong password for you.

To access the password generator within WordPress, first log in to your admin dashboard.

Then, from the left hand side bar, click on Users.

Select the user for which you wish to generate a strong password for, and then click on the edit button underneath that user.

You will be taken to that user’s profile page.

Scroll down until you get to the section called Account Management

wordpress password requirements in users page under account management showing a generate password button

Click on “Generate Password” to generate a strong password for that user.

That password won’t be saved until you scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Update” to update that user’s profile.

wordpress password requirements user page showing a strong password

Ensure that you always use strong passwords for all of your WordPress users, including your own user account. Especially if you are the admin!

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