Logging in to WordPress is a simple process. However, you first need to locate the WordPress login URL. We will show you how to find the URL and access your Admin Dashboard.
Finding Out WordPress Login URL
In order to log in to your WordPress Admin dashboard, you need to type in a specific URL in the address bar of your web browser. Let’s say that your domain is example.com. In this case, you should type:
The default login page will look like this:
This URL will work as long as your WordPress is installed in the default (root) directory. If not, you might need to change the URL accordingly.
If you installed your WordPress in a sub-directory, in this example let’s call it /blog/, you should type:
If you installed it in a sub-domain named /private/, you should type:
Once logged in, your URL will turn into example.com/wp-admin/ — indicating that you are inside the Admin Dashboard. Suffice to say, the only thing a login page does is let you access the Admin Dashboard. Once inside, you can then manage your posts, add plugins, and use all the other WordPress functions. If you log out from the Admin Dashboard, accessing example.com/wp-admin/ will redirect you to the login page. Here are the examples of the most common WordPress login URLs:
If for some reason none of them work, try contacting your hosting provider. They might have used a different name or directory altogether.
How to Simplify the Login Process
We figured out that logging in real easy. Go to the URL, fill in your credentials, and you are inside. But what can you do to make the process even easier? There are 4 ways of doing so.
1. Ticking the “Remember Me” box.
You can find the box under the login section. Ticking this box means WordPress will remember your credentials — you don’t need to retype them the next time you want to log in. However, it depends on your cookie settings. Once your cookies expire, you will need to manually log in again.
2. Adding a bookmark to your browser.
Not everyone wants to deal with cookies. If a more straightforward method is what you’re looking for, try bookmarking your login page instead. First off, open your login page. For Chrome and Firefox users, go to Bookmarks > Bookmark this page. For Safari users, go to Books > Add Bookmark. In general, other browsers have similar settings. This won’t save your credentials. But, you can place a thumbnail under the address bar. Clicking on it will lead you to your login page.
3. Adding a custom link to your menu
You can create a login menu on your main page. Within Admin Dashboard, head to Appearance > Menus > Custom Links. Insert your login URL and give it a name. Then, choose a location in which you want to put the link. In this example, we use Top Menu.
Hit the Add to Menu button. The custom link will then look like this:
4. Placing the Meta widget
Within the Admin Dashboard, head to Appearance > Widgets. Then, drag-and-drop the Meta widget to the widget area of your choice and give it a name. It could be the header, footer, or sidebar.
For example, if you choose Footer 1 and name it as Other, the widgets will look like this:
Resetting Your WordPress Password
Now, you have successfully simplified the login process. What if you forget your password? The easiest way to solve this is by using the automatic mailer function.
- Go to your login page.
- Click on “Lost your password?”.
- You will be taken to a new page. Fill in your email address used for your WordPress site.
- A new password will be emailed to you.
- Log in with that email and change the password to something you can remember. To do this, go to Users > All Users and find your username. Then, head to New Password > Generate New Password and click on Update User button.
This method will generally work fine. If it doesn’t, things could get a little tricky, as it involves some technical knowledge. Contact your hosting provider if in doubt.
Free Plugins that Help With Your Login URL
One of the perks of using WordPress is having tons of plugins to choose from. Regarding the login process, you might find these plugins useful
As discussed before, failing to remember your login URL is bothersome. If that happens a lot to you, this plugin should be your priority. You can simply customize your login slug. For example, instead of example.com/wp-admin, you can set your slug to example.com/myworld, or any text of your choice. A customized login URL is also harder to track — increasing your site’s security.
The login process is susceptible to Brute Force Attacks — a forceful method to gain access to a site. To prevent this, equip your site with this plugin. It sets a limit to the number of failed login attempts. If anyone passes the limit, the Wordpress admin URL will be locked out. Apart from that, you can also add extra protection to your account, database, and file system.
Sometimes you need to let other people access your admin area — be it for maintenance or doing tasks you couldn’t do yourself. If you don’t want to share your password, use this plugin. You can create a temporary login URL and set the expiry time, as well as limit the role of each temporary account.
This list could be endless. Feel free to explore more about WordPress login plugins and choose the best one(s) for your needs.
The login process is simple but critical. WordPress’ rich features will mean nothing if you don’t know how to access the Admin Dashboard. Now that we’ve covered this topic thoroughly, doing so should no longer be a problem. Customizing the process with plugins is a wise decision too, adding security and making the process easier!