WordPress Login 101: Everything about WordPress Login Page

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WordPress is one of the most popular choices for creating a website for many. The content management system allows you to create all types of websites from personal blogs to professional business sites. Upon WordPress installation, users can access the WordPress login with the default paths. However, WordPress beginners seem to have a hard time finding the login page URL for their website. This is where our article comes in handy.

In this WPEverest article, you will learn everything you need to know about WordPress login from finding the Login URL to customizing the login page according to your needs. So, let’s start!


How to Find WordPress Login URL?

A new user can be easily confused about where to log in to their site after installing WordPress. And, it is very common that users forget or can’t find their website URL. These days, there are various WordPress themes that don’t link to the login page. But, it’s actually very easy to remember the WordPress admin login URL. WordPress provides default paths for both the Admin Panel and the Login Page. You can understand better from the table below:

WordPress Installation Admin Panel Login Page
In Root Directory yoursite.com/wp-admin yoursite.com/wp-login.php
In Sub-directory yoursite.com/blog/wp-admin yoursite.com/blog/wp-login.php
In Sub-domain blog.yoursite.com/wp-admin blog.yoursite.com/wp-login.php

Therefore, you need to consider where you install WordPress first. If you install it in the Root directory, your site’s login page URL will be yoursite.com/wp-login.php. Otherwise, the URL will be different depending on where you install it.

Default WordPress Login Page

The login page is an essential part of any website. It allows you and your registered users to access the website admin dashboard. Here, you need to remember two things for the login: Username and Password. If you ever forget your login credentials, you can use the “Lost your password?” option to recover them. 

Also, you can use the Remember Me option on the login page if you don’t want to keep entering your credentials every time during login.

Keep in mind: If you are not logged in and you try to access the admin panel URL directly, then you will be taken to the login page.

How to Remember your WordPress Login URL?

If you have trouble remembering your WordPress Login URL, you can always bookmark it to your browser. Otherwise, you can also, add the login page to your website’s footer, sidebar, or on the menu.

For example, let’s add the WordPress login link to the site’s menu. For this, you need to go to your WordPress admin dashboard and go to Appearance -> Menus.

wordpress login menu

Then, click on the Custom Links or Links tab in the Edit Menu option. Here, add your WordPress login URL and also add the Link Text to show in the Menu. After you’re done, click on the Save Menu button.

How to Change WordPress Login URL?

If you are not happy with the default login URL paths provided by WordPress, you can change the login URL to your liking. There are two ways to do that. The first way is to do it manually. For this, you can use File Transfer Protocol to access the files of your site. With this, you can directly change the URL. However, we don’t recommend using this method because it can create issues on your site.

So, we are going to show you how to change the WordPress login URL using a plugin. It is an easier and safer way to change the URL. Here, we are using the WPS Hide Login plugin. It is available free in the WordPress repository so, you can easily download it to your site.

After you install the plugin to your WordPress site you can access the WPS Hide Login tab. For this, go to the Settings tab of the WordPress dashboard. Then, you can see that the WPS Hide Login section is added to the end General settings.

In the WPS Hide Login section, you get two options. They are Login url and Redirection url. There are editable text blocks where you can enter the URL you want to change.

wordpress login new URL

First, add the new URL for your WordPress admin login. Then, the second option allows you to add the Redirect URL. It denies access to the wp-login.php and wp-admin directory while not logged in. So, it protects your site from hackers and spammers.

So, you can easily change your WordPress login URL here. After you’re done with the changes, you can Save Changes. Now, you can access your Login page with the new URL.

Also, keep in mind that this doesn’t change the actual file names of your WordPress site.

WordPress Login

How to Limit WordPress Login attempts?

Every website owner needs to protect their sites from hacking and more malicious activities. One of the ways for preventing these issues is limiting the visitor’s attempts to WordPress dashboard login. Now, you may be thinking it must be a complicated process but, it’s quite simple.

WordPres s Login Limit

With the help of the Limit Login Attempts Reloaded plugin, one can easily limit the login attempts on their WordPress admin dashboard. Once you install and activate the plugin, go to Settings -> Limit Login Attempts.

WordPress login attempts

Here, you can see first there is the Statistics that show the total details on the lockouts in your site. Then, you can see the Lockout option where you can add the number of allowed retries, minutes lockout, lockouts increase time, and hours until retries are reset.

After this, you have the option Notify on Lockout where you can select the Lockout log or Email. Furthermore, you get the option to enter the users into the Blacklist and Whitelist. After you’re done with the settings you can click on the Save Options button. Now, the login attempts will be limited on your site.

WordPress login attemps left

How to Create a Custom WordPress Login Page?

If you have a website that allows users to register as a member, customer, contributor, etc, then, you’ll need a custom WordPress login form alongside a registration form.  For this, you can use the User Registration plugin which is the best user registration plugin available in the market. With this plugin, you can easily display the login form on any WordPress page. For this, just following instructions.

1. Install Plugin

User Registration Login

Go to your WordPress admin dashboard and click on Plugins → Add New. Now, search for the User Registration plugin and click on the Install Now button. Once you finish activating the plugin, you can go on and create a new registration form for our WordPress website. If you want a detailed guide on this, you can check the beginners’ guide on How to Create a WordPress Registration Form.

2. Create a WordPress Login Page

First, go to the WordPress dashboard and create a new page. And, insert a Shortcode block. The User Registration plugin provides a Shortcode for displaying a custom login form on any page. You just need to insert the shortcode given below to display the login form on your site.

[user_registration_my_account]
wordpress login admin

So, you can insert this shortcode to the WordPress page you want to show the login form. After publishing, the page shows the login form.

WordPress login page

When the users are not logged in on your site, the custom registration form will be displayed. You can customize the Login Page to fit the requirements of your site.

After the user is logged in then, then the user’s Account Details will be displayed. Here, users view and edit their User Profiles with ease. By default, a My Account page is created after activating the plugin which will show users a WordPress login form if not logged in.

wordpress login page account details

Add Redirect Parameter

If you want to redirect the users to a different page after the Login then, you can easily do that. The only thing you need to do is add a redirect parameter to the above-given shortcode.

[user_registration_my_account redirect_url=”sample-page”]

Just add the URL of the page you want the users to be redirected to in the redirect _url parameter. You can use the parameter to redirect users to any page on your site. This feature becomes helpful if you have a different welcome page for the users on the website.

Add Logout Parameter

Just like the redirect parameter, you can also add the Logout parameter to redirect the user to a certain page on your site. In the shortcode provided above, you just need to add the parameter “logout _redirect”. Also, you need to add the page URL of the page you want to redirect inside the parameter.

[user_registration_my_account logout_redirect=”page-slug”]

How to Customize the WordPress Login Page?

The default WordPress login page is generic and common to all WordPress sites. Even though it provides all the features required to log in a user to your site, it does lack the look and feel. There are many website owners who want to personalize their sites to the fullest. If you are one of them then, we’ve got you covered.

You can easily customize your WordPress Login page with the help of a plugin. There are various login page customization plugins available in the repository.

One of the best and easy-to-use plugins is the Custom Login Page Customizer. It is a login page customizer that allows you to customize the logo image, page background image, background color, background gallery, form styling and many more. So, let’s start customizing!

First, install and activate the plugin to your site. Then, go to your admin dashboard and go to the Appearance tab. Here, go to the Login Customizer tab which allows you to customize the login page with the live preview. You can see various tabs in the Login Customizer such as Templates, Background, Logo, Form, Fields and more.

wordpress login customize

Therefore, you can edit and customize the login page along according to your requirements. Along with the login page background, you can even customize the login form by changing the background image, color, weight, and height.

WordPress Login form customize

Concluding

Hence, the login page is an integral part of any website. Many times, new users try to login to WordPress without knowing the WordPress login URL. So, figuring out the website’s login and admin URLs are the prerequisites for any WordPress user. Also, website owners should have all the knowledge from creating a custom login URL to customizing the login page. With the help of plugins, you can easily change your WordPress admin login URL safely. Likewise, you can customize the WordPress login page as you like effortlessly.

Hopefully, this article has helped you get a good insight into the 101s of WordPress Login. If so, don’t forget to share and, check more WordPress articles from WPEverest!

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