How to Import Users with Hashed Passwords to WordPress

How to Import Users with Hashed Passwords to WordPress

What is hashed password?

It is very important that you take the proper precautions not to expose your data, when you are developing a website or web application that needs to store user data. Storing user passwords is a very sensitive process for any web application. When you store a user’s password, you must ensure that you have it secured and you don’t expose your user’s password.

Hashing is a process to store passwords in a database by creating representations of actual password characters. It cannot be converted into plain text easily. You may have to migrate your user details including passwords to wordpress. It can be a frustrating and time consuming task, if there is a lot to migrate/ import. While importing user details you have to protect the sensitive datas like user passwords.

How to import user data?

The simplest way to import user data is by using an extension plugin Import Export WordPress Users. Moreover, this plugin helps to import hashed passwords in the easiest way using a CSV file. You can import hundreds or even thousands of users in the CSV file to the WordPress site using the plugin.

Follow the below steps to successfully import user data including hashed passwords.

Step 1: Install and activate the plugin

  • Download the plugin from here.
  • Go to the WordPress admin page and visit Plugins > Add New page.
  • Click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page.
  • From the plugin upload form, click on the ‘Choose File’ button and select the plugin file you downloaded earlier to your computer
  • Click on the Install Now button.
  • Once installed, you need to click on the Activate Plugin link to start using the plugin.

Step 2: Prepare CSV file

  • You have to prepare user data as a CSV file with correct column headers.

OR

  • You can download the Sample Exported CSV and update the file (Note: Sample CSV can be downloaded from the plugin’s Help section)
  • Now include a column with column header as wt_hashed and fill with the value Yes. If you are updating the sample CSV wt_hashed column will be there already and you just have to specify the value as Yes or No
  • If you do not have the CSV file prepared, you can use the same plugin to export the data to a CSV file. Or you can use a spreadsheet program of your choice, enter the data, and then save the file with the .csv extension. 
  • Make sure that the CSV Import file must be in UTF-8 format.

Sample CSV with hashed column will like this:

Step 3: Import users with hashed passwords

Now you have the proper CSV file and you have successfully installed the plugin. By following the few steps below you can import users with hashed passwords.

  • Navigate to Dashboard > Users > User Import Export
  • Go to User/ Customer Import tab and you will be taken to the file upload form
  • Select your prepared CSV file from your computer by clicking on the ‘Choose File’ button
  • Click on Upload file and import button

For better understanding refer the below screenshot

You can see the progress of the import as given below

We hope this article helped you learn how to import users with hashed passwords to WordPress.

Conclusion

Hashed passwords can’t be reversed, hacked, or compromised. You can migrate your user details including hashed passwords to wordpress with the help of  Import Export WordPress Users extension plugin. 

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