How To: Change the WordPress Administration Email Address with WP-CLI

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What if you want to change the email address for the WordPress site but it’s not working? You know, the WordPress Administration email address in the main settings. And for whatever reason, the confirmation email never reaches your inbox. Well, there’s another way.

Time needed: 1 minute

There’s a simple method via WP CLI that allows you to change that email address.

  1. Connect to your site

    Find your favorite Terminal app and connect via SSH to your WordPress site.

  2. Navigate to the root folder of your WordPress site

    9 out of 10 times you can only use WP CLI commands when you’ve navigated to the root of your WordPress installation. An easy way to check where you are is to use the ls command. That will show you what files are in the directory where you are.

  3. Update the admin_email address

    Copy and paste the following command:
    wp option update admin_email
    Make sure to change the email address to what you want to change it to and hit enter.

  4. Check and double check

    If all went well you will see no errors after hitting enter. Double check in the WordPress Dashboard Settings if your change was what you intended, but that’s it.

That’s it. All done. Want to learn more about what you can do with WP CLI? Check out my courses.

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