June 4, 2020
“How do I login to WordPress?” is one of the most common WordPress questions that we get asked.
Beginners often have a hard time finding their WordPress login page URL, and this prevents them from working on their website.
In this article, we will show you how to find your WordPress login URL. We’ll also show you different ways to log into your WordPress admin area.
Why do you need the login URL?
The login page is the door between your website and the management dashboard of your site also known as the admin area. Once logged in, you can create new posts, add new pages, change your design, add plugins, etc.
How to Find the WordPress Login link?
On a typical WordPress install with a good WordPress hosting provider, all you need to do is add /login/ or /admin/ to the end of your site URL.
Don’t forget to replace example.com with your own domain name.
Both of these URLs will redirect you to the WordPress login page.
If for some reason, your WordPress login URL is not working properly, then you can easily access the WordPress login page by going to this URL:
Now if you installed WordPress in a subdirectory such as /WordPress/, then you would need to access your WordPress blog login page like this:
If you installed WordPress on a sub-domain, then you can access the WordPress admin login page like so:
Once you are logged in, you will be redirected to the WordPress admin area of your site which is located in the wp-admin folder.
You can directly access your admin area by entering the website URL like this:
This URL checks if you were previously logged in, and if your session is still active.
If both are true, then you will be redirected to the WordPress dashboard. If your session has expired, then you will be redirected back to the WordPress login page.
If you find it difficult to remember your WordPress login link, then we recommend you add a bookmark to your browser’s bookmark bar.
Alternatively, you can add your WordPress login link on your website footer, sidebar, or in the menu. There are two very easy ways to do this.
First option is adding your WordPress login link to your menus. Simply login to your WordPress admin area and go to Appearance » Menus.
Next click on the Link tab to expand it and add your WordPress login link and text. Once you are done, click on the Add to Menu button to add this link to your menu. Also don’t forget to click on the Save Menu button.
Second option is to use the default widget called Meta. This widget adds a link to the login page, links to your site’s RSS feeds, and a link to WordPress.org website.
Start by going to Appearance » Widgets and drag the meta widget to your website’s sidebar or widget-ready area. If you don’t want to use the Meta widget, then you can use the Menu widget here as well.
You can add the WordPress login link in the footer, sidebar, or basically any other widget-ready area in your theme.
On your WordPress login page, there is a checkbox labeled Remember me. When you check this box before you login, it will allow you to directly access the admin area without a login on your subsequent visits for 14 days or your browser’s cookie settings.
If you keep forgetting to check the ‘Remember me’ option during login, then you can install Always Remember Me plugin. It will automatically check the remember me checkbox every time you login to WordPress.
If you have multiple users on your WordPress site, then it makes sense to add the WordPress login form in your sidebar or create a custom login page that matches your site’s design and theme.
There are multiple ways to do that, but we recommend using Theme My Login plugin.
It allows you to create custom login pages and also comes with a sidebar login widget. You can simply add the widget to your website’s sidebar and it will display a login form.
You can also use WPForms to create your own custom login forms. It is the best WordPress contact form plugin and allows you to easily create login forms and add them anywhere on your website.
For detailed instructions, see our article on how to add front-end login page and widgets in WordPress.
Many WordPress hosting companies provide easy shortcuts to directly access your WordPress admin area and skipping the WordPress login page altogether.
Here is how to log into WordPress via popular hosting dashboards.
1. WordPress Login Shortcut in Bluehost
Bluehost is one of the biggest hosting companies in the world. They offer a beginner-friendly dashboard with quick shortcuts to manage your WordPress site.
Simply login to your Bluehost dashboard and switch to the ‘My Sites’ tab. From here, you’ll see all the WordPress sites you have installed on your hosting account.
Take your mouse over to the site you want to log in and then click on the ‘Log into WordPress’ button.
2. WordPress Login Shortcut in SiteGround
SiteGround also has a quick shortcut to log into your WordPress site.
Simply log into your SiteGround hosting dashboard and then click on the ‘Websites’ tab on the top. From here, you’ll see a list of websites you have installed under your hosting account.
Click on the ‘WordPress Kit’ button next to the website you want to log in.
This will bring up a popup, where you’ll see a button to log in to the WordPress admin area.
3. WordPress Login Shortcut in WP Engine
WP Engine is the best managed WordPress hosting companies. They also have a WordPress login shortcut which sends you to the WordPress login URL but does not automatically log you in.
Visit your WP Engine dashboard and then select your website. On the site overview page, you’ll see the WordPress login page shortcut in the left column.