Are you unable to log in to your website because you reached the number of failed login attempts?
If you typed the wrong password too many times, then your own security measures may lock you out of your WordPress dashboard.
In this article, we will show you how to unblock the Limit Login Attempts plugin in WordPress.
Why Are You Locked Out of Your Own WordPress Site?
We recommend you install the Limit Login Attempts Reloaded plugin to limit the number of times someone can attempt to log in to your website. This significantly reduces a hacker’s chance of trying to guess your password using a brute force attack.
But if you’re having a bad day, then you might type your own password incorrectly. Maybe you recently changed your password or didn’t realize the caps lock was on.
If you type it wrong too many times, then you can find yourself locked out of your own WordPress admin area.
You’ll need to temporarily unblock limit login attempts in WordPress to regain access. We’ll show you two ways:
- Method 1: Unblocking Limit Login Attempts Using FTP
- Method 2: Unblocking Limit Login Attempts Using MySQL
Method 1: Unblocking Limit Login Attempts Using FTP
The easiest solution for beginners is to simply delete the Limit Login Attempts Reloaded folder, and then reinstall the plugin later once you can log in.
If you haven’t used FTP before, then you may want to see our guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress.
You need to access your site using your FTP client or file manager, and then go to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder. Once you’re there, you can simply delete the limit-login-attempts-reloaded plugin folder.
You can now log in to your WordPress admin area.
When you’re ready, don’t forget to reinstall and activate the Limit Login Attempts Reloaded plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Method 2: Unblocking Limit Login Attempts Using MySQL
While Method 1 is simpler, advanced users who are familiar with MySQL and phpMyAdmin might like to clear the Limit Login Attempts Unloaded lockout using a SQL query.
First, you will need to log in to your web hosting dashboard and click the ‘phpMyAdmin’ icon under the Databases section.
This will launch phpMyAdmin in a new browser window. You will need to select your WordPress database if it is not already selected. After that, you should click on the ‘SQL’ tab and paste the following query:
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = '' WHERE option_name = 'limit_login_lockouts' LIMIT 1;
This query assumes you are using the default ‘wp_’ database prefix. If you changed your database prefix, then you will need to update the query with the correct prefix.
Having done that, you need to click the ‘Go’ button at the bottom right of the screen to run the query. You’ll be shown a message confirming that the query was successful.
The number of unsuccessful retries has been reset, and you can now log in to your WordPress admin area.
If you would prefer to unblock your own specific IP address instead of everyone’s, then run a query like this instead:
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = REPLACE(option_value, '126.96.36.199', '') WHERE option_name = 'limit_login_lockouts' LIMIT 1;
Make sure to update the query with your actual IP address instead of ‘188.8.131.52’. You can find it by navigating to WhatIsMyIP.com in your web browser.
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to unblock limit login attempts in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to increase your blog traffic, or check out our list of the 50 most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.