So you’ve finally signed up with WordPress, and now you’re excitedly looking to set up your site,install plugins, and so on.
But first – how do you log in? Is there a link that you could click on your site? Would you need to call customer service to log in?
Well, worry not, dear reader. In this article, we’ll be answering all of your login-related questions, including various login methods and how to improve your login security!
Method 1: The Easiest Way to Find Your WordPress Login URL
Simply put, the easiest way to find your WordPress login URL is by just inputting any of the following URLs into a browser (or just adding /login, /admin, etc. to your site’s URL):
Simply replace domain.com with your site’s domain name, and this should work for most WordPress sites.
Alternatively, if your WordPress site is set up on a subdomain, use one of the following URLs (just replace subdomain.domain.com with your site’s subdomain URL):
And if your WordPress site is installed in a subdirectory, you’ll need to include that subdirectory’s name in the URL. For example, if your site is installed in domain.com/mysite, use either of the following URLs:
Once you’ve found your site’s login URL, you can use your browser’s “bookmark” function to easily access it in the future.
Method 2: Use The “Remember Me” Option
One other method of logging in that you could use involves utilizing the “Remember Me” option on the login page.
If you tick this box, you’ll stay logged in to your WordPress site for about 14 days (the duration depends on your browser’s cookies settings), letting you access your site without inputting a username and password.
To do this, visit your WordPress login URL, type in your username or e-mail address, type in your password, and then click on the box next to “Remember Me.” Once you’ve done this, click on “Log In,” and you won’t need to input your credentials every time you access your WordPress site.
Keep in mind, however, that this may not be a good idea if you’re sharing your computer with someone else or if you’re logging in from a computer that isn’t yours (e.g., logging in via a friend’s computer to make an emergency site revision).
Method 3: Adding a Login Link to Your Website
Another method that you can use to access your admin login page is by adding a link from your site. For example, if you’ve signed up with Hostinger, perform the following steps from your dashboard:
- First, click on the “Appearance” button on your dashboard, then, click on “Editor”.
- Once you’ve done this, you can click on the “Toggle block inserter” button (the blue box with a plus [+] inside it).
- Then, click on “Blocks,” scroll down to the “Theme” section, and then click on “Navigation”.
- Check out the page preview on the right side of the screen, and you should see a new section pop up on the page. This usually appears at the bottom of the page, but you can scroll through the preview to search for an “Add block” (+) button. Click on this button, and it’ll change to say “Add link”.
- Click on “Add link,” and then type or paste your login page’s URL into the pop-up box’s address bar and then press “Enter” on your keyboard.
- To change the link’s text, you can click on the link that you created and then click on the hyperlink icon.
- Then, click on the “Edit” icon in the pop-up box.
- Afterward, type in the text that you want into the box labeled “TEXT,” and hit “Enter” on your keyboard.
- Click on “Save” in the top right, and voila! You’ve added a link to your WordPress login page to your site, ensuring that you can easily access it whenever you want.
Keep in mind, however, that other users can also see and access this link, which could open you up to potential attacks. As such, it may be in your best interests to keep this page (and link) hidden and just use a bookmark on your own computer to log in.
Method 4: Logging in From Your Web Host’s Dashboard
If you’re logging in from your web host’s dashboard, the login procedure may vary from host to host. As examples, we’ve included the login procedures for two of the best web hosts that we’ve found—Hostinger and DreamHost.
If you’ve signed up with Hostinger, you can log in as follows:
- Log in to hPanel, head over to “Hosting,” and click on “Manage.”
- Then, select “Dashboard” on the left navigation bar.
- You can then click on “Edit website” on the upper right side of the screen.
- Your WordPress dashboard will open in a new tab.
On the other hand, if you’ve selected DreamHost as your WordPress hosting service, you can log into your WordPress dashboard by doing the following:
- Sign in to DreamHost’s panel.
- Click on “Manage” to the right of your DreamPress site.
- Then, click on “Manage WordPress” on the top right, which will take you to your WordPress dashboard.
How to Enhance Your WordPress Login Security
Now that you’ve mastered your admin login, it’s time to secure your WordPress sitefrom hackers and other unsavory individuals online.
1. Use a strong username and a strong password
The first step to bolstering your site’s security is to use a strong password. This means using at least 8 characters and including capital letters, numbers, and symbols.
Never use any personal information such as your name or birthday—if somebody is dedicated enough to attempt to break into your site, they’re dedicated enough to search for your name or birthday online.
You can simply use a password manager to generate and store your passwords for you, removing the need for you to constantly change and remember your password as well as ensuring that your password is virtually uncrackable.
If you’re wondering where to find a safe and reliable password manager, don’t worry! Here’s our article on best password managers.
Similarly, you should change the default WordPress “admin” username. It’s common knowledge at this point, and any hacker worth his salt will be aware of this.
To change your admin username, you’re going to have to create a new administrator account. To do this, click on “Users” in the WordPress dashboard, and then on “Add New.” Then, assign the “Administrator” role to this account.
Once you’ve done this, you can delete the old “admin” account. Make sure that you choose the “Attribute all content to:” option, selecting your newly created account before clicking on “Confirm Deletion.” This changes all of the “admin” accounts’ posts to be authored by your chosen account.
2. Enable two-factor authentication
Once you have your new admin account, you can set up 2FA (two-factor authentication) to beef up your site’s security even further.
2FA requires you to use a separate device—such as your smartphone—to confirm a login or enter a code. An attacker would need to possess your phone first before being able to break into your account, adding a layer of security that would be pretty tough to crack.
You can simply install a plugin, such as miniOrange’s Google Authenticator, to enable 2FA for your account. This plugin even comes with an easy-to-use setup when you first activate it that allows you to easily configure 2FA for you and your site’s users.
3. Set up CAPTCHA
A CAPTCHA is an anti-bot measure that requires users to pass certain challenges to prove that they aren’t a spambot. By setting up a CAPTCHA, you can prevent most bots from registering or logging into your site.
To set up a CAPTCHA for your WordPress site, you can simply use a plugin like Simple Google reCAPTCHA, which can protect the following:
- Login form
- Registration form
- Reset password form
- Comment form
- New password form
4. Install security plugins
If you’re looking to beef up your site’s security even further, such as implementing limited login attempts, automated IP blocks, and malware scans, check out our article on the best WordPress security plugins.
WordPress Login Success!
With the wide variety of methods we’ve listed above, you’ll never be lost when trying to log into your site. What’s more, by utilizing the additional security measures that we’ve given, your site will be protected from most online threats!