How to Find WordPress Login URL: The A – Z Beginners Guide
Hello new WordPress user. Have you just installed WordPress but now can’t find your WordPress login URL? Perhaps someone else installed the platform for you but wasn’t bothered enough to show you how to login in? You’re not alone.
After installing WordPress for over 300 new users, most of them emailed me almost immediately asking how to access the WordPress admin area. It’s a common yet surprising problem, with the surprising part being some of the users who logged in to their sites previously couldn’t also find the URL. – James Rogers.
Nonetheless, there’s no cause to worry as this post shows you exactly how to login to your admin dashboard so you can:
- Change your site settings,
- Upload themes, plugins and media,
- Create post and pages and
- Carry out any other task that require admin privileges
Let’s begin with the most basic part; finding your WordPress login URL whether you have WordPress on a domain, subdomain or subfolder.
How to Find Your WordPress Login URL
On a Domain
If you have installed WordPress with a reputable host such as Bluehost (who use Mojo Marketplace One-Click Installation), you will have an easy time locating your login URL.
The installation usually ends up with an email that contains:
- Your website URL e.g. www.example.com
- Your Admin URL e.g. www.example.com/wp-admin
- Your username and,
- Your password
These details are sent to the email address you used to setup your WordPress site or hosting. All you have to do is log in to your email account and click on the Admin URL. This will redirect you to the login page.
However, it would prove tedious digging through email every time to access your WordPress admin area. If you went with a good web host from the get go, you just need to add /wp-login/ or /wp-admin/ to your site URL. For instance:
If the above options don’t work for one reason or another, try www.example.com/wp-login.php, which should take you to the WordPress login page. If that doesn’t work, you might be facing an underlying WordPress issue.
On a Subdomain
There are many reasons why you’d want to install WordPress on a subdomain, but we won’t go there today. If you are looking for the WordPress login URL for a subdomain, just add /login/ or /wp-login.php/ to your subdomain.
On a Subfolder
If you installed WordPress on a subdirectory like /wordpress/, you can access your login page like this:
Once you log in, you are redirected to the WordPress admin area and the URL changes to www.example.com/wp-admin/.
Aside: If you’re logged out, accessing the above URLs will take you to the WordPress login page. If you’re logged in, you will go to the WordPress admin area.
How to Remember Your WordPress Login URL
If your memory sucks, or you can’t (or just don’t want to) keep track of your WordPress login URL, you can:
- Bookmark your login page
- Add your login URL to your menus
- Use the Meta widget
Bookmarking Your WordPress Login Page
Nowadays, even a fourth grader can create bookmarks. I mean it is as easy as, launching the login page and as for the:
- Chrome browser, go to Bookmarks -> Bookmark This Page
- Safari browser, go to Books -> Add Bookmark
- Mozilla Firefox browser, go to Bookmarks -> Bookmark This Page
- Internet Explorer (now Microsoft Edge) browser, save the page to your favorites
A bookmark offers you a quick and easy link to your login page.
Adding Your WordPress Login URL to Your Menus
This is equally easy. Just log in to your WordPress admin area and navigate to Appearance -> Menus. Once on the Menu Screen, click the Links tab to expand it. Add your WordPress login URL in the URL field and fill out the Link Text field. Use any fancy word you desire.
Next, click the Add to Menu button and finally click on the Save Menu button. When you refresh your WordPress site, your login link will appear on your menu.
Using the Meta Widget
WordPress ships with a special widget known as the Meta widget. This widget contains a link to your login page, links to your RSS feeds, and a backlink to WordPress.org. Now, you can place this widget on any widget-ready area of your WordPress theme including (but not limited to) the footer, sidebar and header.
Just navigate to Appearance -> Widgets in your WordPress admin area. Then drag-and-drop the Meta widget to the desired widget area.
How to Customize Your WordPress Login URL
If you keep forgetting your WordPress login URL because wp-login.php isn’t exactly what you’d consider sexy, you can customize your URL to something more memorable.
All you need is a nifty and lightweight plugin known as WPS Hide Login. FYI, it has a stupendous rating of 4.8/5.0 and over 60k active installs. The plugin is easy to install and config, you should be done in a little over 30 secs. Just install the damn thing already and hit activate.
Word of Caution: As soon as you activate the plugin, you will only access your login page from www.example.com/login and not the standard page i.e. www.example.com/wp-login.php.
All you have to do is install and activate the plugin. Then navigate to Settings -> General, and scroll down until you see the WPS Hide Login section. Here, change your WordPress login URL to something that tickles your fancy.
How to By-Pass the WordPress Login Page
You only see the login page because you need access to the WordPress admin dashboard. What if you never had to login at all to access the admin area? I mean, if you remained logged in at all times, you wouldn’t need to remember the WordPress login URL at all. Right?
Best part is you can stay logged in to your WordPress site for as long as you wish using the Remember Me plugin. You will remain logged in even if you close your browser, shut down your computer or reboot your web server.
Just install and activate the Remember Me plugin. Next, navigate to Settings – > Remember Me to configure the plugin settings.
We hope this guide helps you to find your WordPress login URL and, ultimately, log in to your newly created WordPress site. Our hope is you will build one of the greatest WordPress sites to ever exist, and when you pop the champagne, we will toast to your greatness.
Have any tricks up your sleeve, question, a fave login plugin or a suggestion? Please share with us in the comment section. Thanks in advance!