How to Login to WordPress Site?

Many hosting companies install WordPress using automated software like Softaculous. After installing WordPress, how to manage your WordPress administrator panel is the first question comes to your mind. WordPress offers standard ways to login to your website’s administrator panel.

Login to WordPress Site

You can add one of the following suffix at the end of your website’s URL to login to your WordPress administrator panel.

  1. Using /wp-login.php
  2. Using /wp-admin/

1. Using /wp-login.php

If your website URL is https://your-site-name.com then add the /wp-login.php at the end. For example, our website address is https://wp-tips.com and hence the login URL should be https://wp-tips.com/login.php.

2. Using /wp-admin/

For example, our website URL is https://wp-tips.com and hence the login URL should be https://wp-tips.com/wp-admin/. Note that WordPress will redirect this URL to /wp-login.php and you will see the same resulting screen.

Login Redirect
Login Redirect

Note: Many users think, you need to login to wordpress.com or wordpress.org website since you are using WordPress software. This is not correct and remember to login with your website address.

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WordPress Login Screen

With both the methods, you will be taken you to the login screen that contains a form. It will look like below:

WP Login Form
WP Login Form

WordPress login screen contains the following details:

  • WordPress logo which will be linked to WordPress.org website. Remember, it is not linked to your website.
  • Text box to type your username or email address used for creating the WordPress installation setup.
  • Password for login to your account.
  • You can choose the “Remember Me” checkbox to save the username and password if you are using the computer single hand. WordPress will set a cookie in a browser for 14 days to remember your password. Even you close the browser tab, any other person using the same browser can open the login URL to access your admin panel.
  • Login – click on this login button to go to administrator panel.
  • Lost your password? – clicking on this link will take you to the password reset page where you need to type username or email to receive the password in your email inbox.
  • Back to your website – this link will take you to the home page of your website.
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WordPress Admin Panel

After logging in, you will be landing on the “Dashboard” section of your WordPress administrator panel. The dashboard section will look like below.

WordPress Admin Panel
WordPress Admin Panel

You can navigate to different sections and start customizing your WordPress. For example, go to “Appearance > Themes” to view installed themes or add new theme for your site.

Note: As anyone can find the login URL of your website, many hackers use automated bots to login to your website. This is called brute force attack in which hackers try to guess the username and password to take control of your administrator panel. Therefore, in order to protect your website, it is recommended to change your login page to a custom URL using a plugin.

Article last updated on November 1, 2020

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