If you’re new to WordPress and wondering “How do I log in to my site?!” or you have a client who is always forgetting the web address for logging in, then this is the tutorial for you.
It’s common for new users to have trouble locating their login URL after installing a self-hosted WordPress site for the first time. And if you’re like me and have a terrible memory, you may have forgotten or misplaced your login URL!
So in this article, I’ll show you how to easily find your WordPress login URL – and never lose it again.
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Logging in to WordPress
The login page is where you go to access the backend of your website. Once logged in, you can see your dashboard, create new posts and pages, update the theme and add new plugins, as well as make other customizations to your site.
On a typical WordPress site, all you need to do is add
/admin/ to the end of your site’s URL.
Both of these URLs will take you to your login page where you can enter your username and password. Once logged in, you will be taken directly to the admin area, or dashboard, of your site.
Logging into a Subdirectory
If your site is installed in a sub-folder, or subdirectory, then you need to add
/wp-login.php to the end of your site’s URL.
Logging into a Subdomain
If your WordPress install is on a sub-domain, then you URL will be slightly different:
Directly Accessing the WordPress Admin
Once logged in, you can directly access the admin area of your site using these URLs:
Both of these URLs check that you are still logged in to your site and redirect to your site’s admin area.
How to Remember Your Login URL
You don’t have to remember your login URL off by heart. The easiest way to ensure you never lose it again is to simply bookmark it in your browser.
To bookmark you login URL:
- Chrome – Go to Bookmarks > Bookmark This Page
- Safari – Go to Books > Add Bookmark
- Firefox – Go to Bookmarks > Bookmark This Page
Once bookmarked, you’ll have a quick and easy direct link to login to your site without having to remember your login address off the top of your head.
We also have a great plugin to help you stayed logged in.
Remember Me Checked sets the login page as checked by default to ensure you stay logged into your site and you don’t have to keep logging in.
Just how long you stay logged in depends on your cookie settings, of course.
Alternatively, you could add a link to your login page to your website, either in the navigation menu, the sidebar or the footer.
To add a link to your menu:
Go to Appearance > Menus. Click on Custom Links and enter your site’s login URL and give the menu item a name (I simply called mine “Login”). Then click Add to Menu and then Save Menu to save your new menu item.
To add a link to your sidebar or footer:
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WordPress comes with a default Meta widget that, when used, adds a link to the login page, your site’s RSS feeds, and a link to WordPress.org
Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag and Meta widget to the widget-ready area you want to display the login link.
Customizing Your Login Page
If you are beyond basic WordPress skills and want to personalize your login page, check out How to Completely Customize the WordPress Login Page or, better yet, try out our Ultimate Branding plugin, which lets you make the same customizations without having to dig around in code.
This in-depth tutorial will guide you through how to add a custom background to your site, replace the WordPress logo with your own, customize the look of the login form and remove the lost password link.
We hope you’ve found this article helpful and you’ve managed to log back into your website! For more handy articles like this one, check out the related posts below or head to our blog homepage. And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more free tutorials!