Are you a new user wondering "How do I log in and edit WordPress?" or have a client always forgetting the login address? This tutorial will help you access WordPress and log-in the admin dashboard.
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It's common for new users to not understand how to login to WordPress for the first time, this article will help you find out the options of how best to login to your WordPress admin area and how to find the login URL for any WordPress installation.
The login page gives you access to your WordPress system, once logged in, you will be taken to the Dashboard which allows you to modify your website - add or change content, add/edit themes, add/edit plugins and make other customisations.
As standard on a WordPress website, you can log in by adding /wp-admin/ or /wp-login.php to the URL in the address bar.
For example if your website was example.com :
example.com/wp-admin/ or example.com/wp-login.PHP
If both of these options do not work, it is likely there is a plugin installed that has moved the WordPress login page, speak to your developer to find out the correct URL for logging into WordPress.
Once you have visited the above URL you will then be presented with the WordPress login page.
As you can see, you can sign in using either: Your email address, or your username, along with your password. If you click the remember me button you will remain logged in for 15 days.
Please note: WordPress usernames are Case-sensitive.
Once you have entered your login details, simply click the "Log In" button.
If you have forgotten your login details, you can follow our guide on how to reset your WordPress password.
If your WordPress website is installed in a subdirectory such as example.com/blog/ you will need to add wp-admin/ or wp-login.PHP to the end as such:
example.com/blog/wp-admin/ or example.com/blog/wp-login.PHP
If your WordPress website is hosted on a subdomain, such as blog.mysite.co.uk, you will need to add wp-admin or wp-login.PHP to the end of the URL as so:
blog.example.com/wp-admin/ or blog.example.com/wp-login.php
Once logged in, you will be able to access the WordPress admin by just visiting /wp-admin/.
By default, WordPress generates Session cookies when a user logs in to a WordPress site. These cookies contain a user's authentication details and Login cookies in WordPress expire every 15 days if the remember me button is clicked when you enter your username and password.
This means you only need to login to WordPress every 15 days.
Remembering the url each time and typing it can be a hassle, to streamline this you have a few options.
To bookmark you WordPress login URL:
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.
Most themes come with a footer menu, why not add a login link in the footer of your site?
Congrats! You have now added a WordPress login link to your menu, and when viewing the website you should now see the log-in link.