When the one-click WordPress installation goes awry

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#1

Hi all,

I’ve been with Dreamhost ten years now, and I’m cleaning up all the random installations of wordpress I have, which includes exporting some and installing them in new directories.

Once in a while I do a WordPress one-click install and the installation instruction email never arrives. After becoming impatient (anywhere between 10min and two days, depending on how busy I am) I navigate to the directory I’ve installed WP to and lo - there’s a WordPress blog there. Not the setup wizard that asks for an user/password etc info, but the Just Another WordPress Site 2017 theme blog with a stripey succulent on a table with the Hello World! post staring at me. This just happened to me two consecutive installs in a row today, but it’s not the first time it’s happened.

I have no username or password for these two blogs and in the past they’ve never been recoverable - no email ever gets sent with a password, as no email address is ever associated to the once-click install, so no new password can be sent to that email address by clicking the ‘forgot my password’ link.

Questions:
A) Has anyone else ever had this happen?
B) Is there any solution to this other than nuking the install, the database associated with it, and starting again?

cheers,
Melon.


#2

There are a variety of ways to reset the password. See: https://codex.wordpress.org/Resetting_Your_Password