How to Install PHPMyAdmin for WordPress


PHPMyAdmin is a database administration tool.

It allows you to explore your database, make backups and, if neccessary, make changes to your database tables or content.

Many hosting companies provide PHPMyAdmin as a pre-installed option, but many hosting companies and private servers do not.

So, if you need to use PHPMyAdmin with your site, and it’s not currently available with your server, here’s how to install it:


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Dan Knauss
Dan Knauss
9 years ago

It will typically be easier just to install a plugin like Adminer that makes phpMyAdmin or a similar application run within WordPress. Then it’s protected by the WP login and access controls plus whatever other security you have in place; it will also be subject to automatic upgrades. If you manually install phpMyAdmin on your server without restricting access to it by IP, then anyone in the world can bang away on it, and you’ll need to upgrade it if you want to keep it there for long. The best situation IMO is to use a WP host that provides their own GUI for database manipulation so it’s inaccessible on the public web and application side. Flywheel has a particularly great system for this.

9 years ago
Reply to  Dan Knauss

True that. If you have the option, it’s hard to argue against specialized hosting these days.

7 years ago

thanks 4 this video!

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