Logging in to WordPress is a pretty easy job by just visiting your website URL followed by /wp-admin/. For example, if your website is example.com, you can login to your WordPress backend by visiting example.com/wp-admin/. As simple as that. You will be provided with the username and password input fields which you can fill, followed by clicking the Login button at the bottom. Once you enter the correct credentials, WordPress will take you to the backend where you can perform all kinds of tasks and operations as you wish. To make any changes to your website, you should login to the WordPress backend.
Why are we logging in to WordPress?
The answer is pretty obvious. We should log into the backend of any service if we want to control the important aspects of how the application works and feels. It is the same for WordPress as well. If you have the necessary permissions to manage the website’s admin area, you will be able to control almost every single aspect of it.
As an administrator, you can control which theme your WordPress website uses, what plugins are active, and who can access it and with what permission. These are just a few examples of thousands of things you can control with your admin access to a WordPress website. We have discussed what certain roles on WordPress can do in our article on WordPress user types and their capabilities article.
Steps to Login to WordPress
If you want to change your website’s design, features, or other settings, you should access its admin area. It is only possible once you login to your website. So, here are the steps for that –
- Navigate to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin.
- Input the email address / username and the password you used while installing WordPress.
- Sometimes, it might also ask you for a verification with a simple calculation question. Fill it if asked.
- If you don’t want to re-type them the next time, check the Remember Me checkbox as well.
- Click on the Login button.
- You will be redirected to the WordPress dashboard.
Can’t find the login page at /wp-admin/
If you are not able to find your WordPress login page at yoursite.com/wp-admin/, you can try the following addresses as well.
Make sure to replace ‘yoursite.com’ with your domain URL
If you still can’t access the WordPress login page, you can directly try to access the wp-login.php file that lets you login to WordPress by typing.
This will open the WordPress login page for you, and you can login by typing the username and password you have given during the WordPress installation process.
Add a Login Button
If you do not want to enter the URL of your WordPress login page every time you have to access the WordPress backend, you can easily add a menu item by going to Appearance > Menu and creating a new menu item linking to the WordPress login URL. This will let you access your WordPress backend from your site without having to enter the URL every time you want to get into the WordPress backend. Especially if you are letting your users create accounts on your website, this will be extremely useful.
Even though adding a login link on your website’s frontend will improve productivity, it will be a security loophole if you have changed your WordPress login URL. You changed it because you do not want anyone to see the page and try to login to your website. In that case, you can just bookmark the login link in your browser and click on it to easily get into the login page.