The WordPress login is one of the places you'll visit most often - here's all you need to know about it

If there is one page which you'll visit as often as your WordPress website, (or even more) it's the WordPress login. Whether it's your authors, yoru content marketers, your webmasters, or whoever else will be accessing the functionality of your WordPress, anybody who needs access to your site wil have to go through the WordPress login.

Since it's such a critical piece of functionality for non-anonymous visitors, or members of your site who can login, let's go through a full and thorough understanding of the WordPress login. In the end we'll have fully answered this question?

"How do I login to my WordPress website?"

WordPress login

 

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1. The simplest way to find and remember the WordPress login

Sometimes, you might forget what the WordPress login URL is, but really, it's very simple to remember and figure out.

You simply access your WordPress website's login using

/login

An equally simple way of accessing the WordPress admin login is

/admin 

Of we wanted to expand this with a full example, the URL would be

www.website.com/login 

or

www.website.com/admin

Once you enter a valid username and password into the fields of the WordPress login form, you will access the WordPress administration or WordPress Dashboard.

How to access the WordPress login in a sub directory

Sometimes, your WordPress site has been installed in a subdirectory, let's say for example in the sub-directory /blog

To access the login in this case, you'll need to add the subdirectory nameand then /login or /admin to it.

Once again, a full example illustrates better than simple text.

If your WordPress has been installed in /blog, the WordPress login will be found at

www.website.com/blog/login

or 

www.website.com/blog/admin

 

Accessing the WordPress login from a sub-domain

Another possible configuration or setup of your WordPress login is if it has been setup as a sub-domain, let's also say it was installed in the blog subdomain.

The way to access the WordPress login in this scenario would be to add /login or /admin to your subdomain.

As usual, an example 

blog.website.com/login

or

blog.website.com/admin

2. How do I access and find my WordPress login URL?

Most of the people looking for this article will just need to know the following. How do I login to the WordPress backend so that I can access the adminsitrator part of WordPress.

You just need to visit the following URL for your website

/wp-login.php

In other words, you just need to append /wp-login.php to your website's address.

Example:

www.website.com/wp-login.php

When you enter this, you should be presented with the WordPress login page as follows:

wordpress login screen

3. And what is the WordPress admin login?

The WordPress administration part is strictly speaking found at

/wp-admin

however, in reality, if you are not logged in, you will still get redirected to /wp-login. As soon as you've entered the correct WordPress login credentials for the backend, you will then be redirected to wp-admin section of your WordPress website.

Example:

www.website.com/wp-admin

Is there a WordPress login page?

Yes and no.

The WordPress login page, is exactly the same as the WordPress admin login. In reality, if there is any functionaliy which requires the user to be logged in, you will be redirected to the wp-login.php page. Once your credentials have been verified, you will then be redirected to the appropriate page.

Really and truly, the only address you need to remember is:

/wp-login.php

just append this to the domain of your WordPress website and you're good to go.

4. What is the WordPress login?

Simply put, the WordPress login is used to distinguish anonymous visitors of your site, from other more "priveleged" users or members. The WordPress login is the feature which seperates these types of visitors. Unless you go through the process of logging on to WordPress, you will be treated as a guest. As soon as you pass the "login" test, whether this is done through the default WordPress password, or an integrated WordPress login authentication method, the WordPress login is still the gatekeeper.

5. How to easily and quickly remember the WordPress login

Of course, the easiest way to actually get to WordPress login, is if you don't have to remember it every time. Essentially, to do this, you need to somehow have a handy copy of the link to login to WordPress.

Let's go through a few handy ways of easy access to the login page.

First of all, you might want to bookmark the WordPress login in your favourite browser. Simply go to the Bookmarks or Favourites of your browser, and when you are on the WordPress login page, add a bookmark to the page. Give it an appropriate name you can remember of course ;-)

How to avoid the need to login to WordPress every time

If you know that you will be using the same computer to access your WordPress website, you may chose to not have to get the WordPress login screen everytime. Essentially, if you click on the "Remember Me" checkbox on the login screen, a "cookie" will be set in your browser, which will provide the login credentials when you access your site, and thus you won't have to login every time you access your website.

You may also want to make use of the Remember Me Checked, WordPress plugin, which essentially, forces the Remember checkbox to be always on, ensuring that users logging into your WordPress site, don't have to remember to check it every time!

Create a link to your WordPress login on your site

There's another really simply way to remember the WordPress login page. Essentially, you can create a link to the login page on your own website. This might expose your site to a few more nosy users who are going to attempt to login to your website.

You can choose to add a link to your website login page to your website, in any of the menus, whether that is the main navigation, the sidebar or the footer. Of course, if you don't want the link to be very prominent to your visitors, it would be best to just set this up in the footer menu.

How To add a login link to your menu

Go to Appearance > Menus. Click on Custom Links and set the website’s login URL (as described above). Give the menu item a name (with the simplest being “Login” or "Admin" or "Backend" or "Dashboard"). Click Add to Menu and then Save Menu to save your new WordPress login menu item.

WordPress Login custom link in menu

Add a login link to your sidebar or footer as a widget

The default WordPress installation comes with a default widget called Meta. When used, the Meta widget adds a link to the login page, your site’s RSS feed and Comments RSS feed, and a link to WordPress.org as can be seen below.

wordPress login meta

Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag and drop the Meta widget to the widget-ready area where you want to display the login link, for example the Sidebar or the Footer

 WordPress login widget meta

6. Adding a WordPress Login Widget to your Sidebar

If you website offers membership, your users will probably need easy access to the WordPress login on the frontend, rather than in the backend. To enable this, you can and should create a Login Widget in your website's sidebar, or another prominent place on your WordPress theme.

The easiest way to do this is using the SideBar login plugin.

sidebar login screenshot 2

The Sidebar-Login plugin adds a useful login widget which you can use to login from in the sidebar of your WordPress powered blog.

sidebar login screenshot 1

Once a user logs in it then redirects them back to the page they logged in from rather than the admin panel (this is configurable).

sidebar login widget settings screenshot 3

7. Customizing the look of WordPress login page

One of the most common WordPress tricks (or customizations) you can do, especially if you are setting up a website for a client, is to customize the WordPress login page. In reality, you might want to change the logo, put the name and or branding of your client's company or any other changes which you may want.

Customize the WordPress login page using CSS

The most common method of changing the WordPress login page is using a custom CSS file for the WordPress login page.

  1. Visit the functions.php file of your current WordPress theme. Using some changes here, we will let you customize the WordPress log in page.
  2. In the current theme directory (../wp-content/themes/your-theme-name), add a folder called “login”.
  3. Create a css file inside the login folder and name it custom-login-styles.css
  4. Add the following code into your functions.php file

function my_custom_login() {
echo '<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="' . get_bloginfo('stylesheet_directory') . '/login/custom-login-styles.css" />';
}
add_action('login_head', 'my_custom_login');

  1. Simply customize your CSS file, custom-login-styles.css. This will reflect on the log in page.

Here's an example of what the WordPress login page can look like if you go through an extreme customization process of the login page.

custom wordpress login page

8. Protecting the WordPress login from hackers or brute force attacks

With the WordPress login being the gatekeeper of your website, you can expect that it will be frequently under attack. Attack is probably too weak a word. Under seige constantly is probably a much better description. 

You'll need to take a number of preventive measures to protect your WordPress from the attacks.

One of the most effective tools you can use to protect your website is the Limit Login Attempts WordPress plugin. https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-limit-login-attempts/

Limit Login Attempts helps with login protection. It protects sites from brute force attackswhich tries usernames and passwords, over and over again, until it gets in. WP Limit Login Attempts plugin limit rate of login attempts and block IP temporarily. It is detecting bots by captcha verification.

Limit login attempts

9. Adding login to WordPress via Facebook, social networks or other 3rd party networks

If you don't want your users to remember any new username and password combinations to access your WordPress website, you may choose to integrate the WordPress login with the authentication of Facebook, social networks or 3rd party authentication networks. This is done via the OAuth mechanism.

Once again, the easiest way to do this is via a WordPress login. Our favourite plugin to achieve Social logins for WordPress is the WordPress Social Login.

WordPress Social Login allow your website users and visitors to login using their existing social accounts IDs, eliminating the need to fill out registration forms and remember usernames and passwords.

wordPress social login screenshot

Anything else you need to know about the WordPress login?

We've tried to cover absolutely all of the aspects regarding the WordPress login, however, if there is something you still need to know, let us know in the comments below.

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