15 Surprisingly Useful WordPress Login Plugins
Most of us probably don’t think much about logging into our sites. And maybe there’s really no reason to.
But if you’re developing sites for others, or you have visitors logging into your site for one reason or another, then “logging in” may be more important than you realize.
Maybe these users can’t easily find the login.
Or maybe they can, but it’s got WordPress plastered all over it. “WordPress?” they think. “What the hell is WordPress? Where am I?”
Or maybe when they log in, you don’t want them going to the dashboard, but to another page instead.
The collection of 15 plugins below take care of these problems and more.
This plugin lets you customize your login screen. This is more than just customizing your login form. You can customize the whole page, changing the color of it, adding a background image, adding a logo, and more.
If you’re just looking to easily replace the WordPress logo with your own, and you don’t need all the complexity of a plugin like “Custom Login” above, then the Uber Login Logo plugin will do the trick. It’s uber simple. Upload an image, and you’re set. You don’t even have to hit a “publish” button.
The Login-Logout plugin replaces the default Meta widget with a customizable login/logout widget. It also lets you choose to redirect to the page of your choice after both logging in and logging out.
The Sidebar Widget Login plugin is somewhat similar to the plugin above in that it puts a login widget in your sidebar area; however, it’s different in the options it offers. You can choose to show avatars, show a link to the dashboard, show Profile page link, show a “Remember Me” box, show a “Register” link, or show a Forgotten Password Link.
The Tabbed Login plugin is yet another sidebar widget with yet another spin on the idea. This one, as you might image, gives you a tabbed version of the login form. One tab contains the login boxes. Another tab contains a registration box. And the final tab has a box to enter your email if you forgot your password.
The Social Login plugins lets visitors login or comment on your site with their social media accounts. There’s a huge selection of accounts to included, and so there’s a good chance that someone stopping by your site will be logged into at least one.
The Login LockDown plugin records the IP address of users (or bots) that fail to correctly login to your site, and then after a certain number of failed attempts, it disables requests from that IP range for a certain amount of time.
This plugin provides an attractive panel with a login form that slides down from the top of your site when you click the tab.
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A few other plugins on this list let you redirect users after logging in or logging out in addition to other functions. If that’s all you’re looking to do, however, then this one will do the trick.
This plugin lets you rename your wp-login.php file. (It doesn’t literally rename the file. It just intercepts page requests looking for.) This is important because spam bots look for this file. Humans, of course, just follow links. So this will help you cut down on spam.
The Login Security Solution offers a number of security solutions for your site. It tracks IPs, usernames, and passwords. It smartly looks at failed login attempts to see if the tried credentials match past failed attempts. It enforces very strong password creation. It lets you force users to change their password after a certain amount of time. And much more.
The Login Dongle lets you add a security question in order to login.
The Simple Login Log plugin lets you keep track of all your users’ logins. It tracks their username, the time of their login, their IP address, and the browser they use.
The Admin Bar Login shows the admin bar even to users who aren’t logged in and puts login fields on it, so they can login.
Although this plugin will let you put a login widget in your sidebar, that’s not why we’re including it here. (There are plugins above that already do this.) We’re including it here because it lets you put a shortcode into a Post or a Page that will give you a login form wherever you like it.