Get more out of your blog login
It’s an all-time classic and probably one of bloggers’ biggest annoyances. The design of their own website was fine-tuned for weeks, it was constantly being changed and perfected, but as soon as someone logs into the WordPress admin login, the well-known WordPress look appears again.
The login within WordPress has always been a weak point, because there is usually no branding here and the login therefore appears very generic. This is more than annoying, especially with larger blogs and company blogs. But even with purely private blogs, it’s simply not nice if the login looks the same as with all the other blogs, despite all the adjustments.
So today I’m going to introduce you to a few login plugins that can help. Extensions for WordPress that let the login appear in a new light or change details that make a big difference in the end. Be excited!
Typical problems of the WordPress admin login
There are a few typical WordPress login issues that can stand out negatively. The first thing to mention is the branding just mentioned. No matter how extensively you change the theme of your website, all these changes do not apply to the login. The same always looks the same with WordPress and not everyone likes that. Many also do not want WordPress to be recognized directly.
However, this seems difficult because the next problem is that the URL for the login is also the same. WordPress always directs users in the direction of “/wp-admin” to the appropriate form. The more customized your blog is, the more annoying it is when the WordPress design and structure shows through when you log in. Not a real problem per se, it just doesn’t seem quite round and a bit generic.
To change that, there are various login plugins for WordPress, some of which work very differently. I will now introduce you to the best in a little more detail.
The 6 Best Login Plugins for WordPress
There are countless extensions for the content management system and this also applies to plugins that change or adapt the login. This is therefore not intended to be an endless list of links, but simply to present a few recommendations. Far too many blogs blindly link to everything they can find on the web without checking to see if it even lives up to its claims. That’s exactly what I didn’t want to do here.
Instead, I have selected six WordPress plugins that specifically expand the login and often add new and useful functions. Whether you like it extensive or particularly simple, you will find the right extension for your needs here. In any case, I took a close look at all six plugins myself and only recommend the ones that I liked when trying them out.
An example of a UserPro login
I would like to start with a little gem among the plugins. UserPro was released back in 2013 and has since sold more than 20,000 copies.
There is a reason for this, since there have been regular updates since 2013. The extension is therefore constantly maintained and expanded, which is not a matter of course with WordPress plugins. This reliability makes UserPro my absolute number one choice. The extension brings many advantages and allows, among other things, to add your own fields for registration in order to query further information.
A login via social media can also be activated. UserPro sees itself as a community plugin, allowing far more than just adjustments to the login. Customizing the login page is the smallest of all features here.
Custom login plugin in the WordPress directory
Do you want something simpler and less extensive? Then Custom Login is the right plugin for you.
Whether it’s a logo, font or buttons, with Custom Login you can customize the WordPress login page according to your own wishes. If you are looking for a particularly simple option that does not require a lot of prior knowledge and can be used quickly, you can get it with the Custom Login Plugin. The customization of the WordPress login is hardly possible faster and more understandable.
White Label or WhiteWP
The White Label plugin works similar to Custom Login, but goes many steps further. This means that it not only customizes the WordPress admin login, but everything else as well. Basically, the extension removes any references to WordPress and replaces them with personalized logos and text.
So if you would like to customize WordPress so that it almost looks like your own CMS, you can easily do this with the White Label Plugin.
Theme My Login
The Theme My Login Plugin
With Theme My Login, the WordPress admin login is moved to the front end of your website. There are also exciting additional functions, such as registration only by e-mail, choosing a password directly when registering and much more.
Social login, captchas and viewable profiles are waiting to be activated as add-ons. An extension that starts very easily, but can then be expanded with new features as you wish.
Login Page Customizer
Custom Login Page Customizer by Colorlib
With the Login Page Customizer from the theme developer Colorlib, there is a large and free extension to customize the login area accordingly.
The same can also be done quickly and easily, because the plugin allows you to make appropriate changes without any problems. Images, backgrounds and colors can be changed with just a few clicks.
Also, since the plugin comes from a well-known theme developer, it has been maintained for a long time and works accordingly well.
Easy Registration Forms
Easy Registration Forms in the WordPress directory
If you like drag-and-drop, you’ll like Easy Registration Forms. With the WordPress plugin it is possible for you to click together all the forms quickly and easily. You can easily add new fields to the registration and at the same time get a login widget for the sidebar. The variety of options is great, but the plugin itself remains lean and noticeably easy to use thanks to drag-and-drop.
With various add-ons, the range of functions can then be expanded as required. The demos linked on the plugin page already show very well what is possible and what is not.
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Why the login does not necessarily have to be adjusted
The question I would like to pose again at the end is whether such adjustments are actually necessary. Beginners in particular often fall into the trap of wanting to customize everything as much as possible. But why actually? What’s so bad about using WordPress? What’s the problem if someone recognizes that it’s the WordPress admin login?
When it comes to the safety argument, I would like to say no. Just because you hide the references to WordPress does not prevent hackers from immediately recognizing that it is WordPress.
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A changed login does not normally create any additional security here. New functions that come with your own login seem more likely. Perhaps further entries should be made during registration and something like this is only possible with a corresponding plugin. When it comes to the branding argument, customization also makes sense. Company blogs in particular want to implement a holistic corporate design so that all WordPress standards disappear. Here it makes sense to also marry the login with your own style guide. Apart from that, you should ask yourself the question of necessity.
If you don’t have good reasons for an adjustment, I would recommend you to leave it alone. Basically, every plugin costs performance and in the worst case a login plugin could even contain a security gap. The WordPress admin login may not look too pretty, but it has been working great for many years.