How the WordPress login works
Of course, in order to log into the WordPress dashboard, WordPress must be installed on your web space or server, which we assume. We also assume that you are the administrator of the installation, since users can only change their own password in the profile. As an administrator, you have significantly more options for redesigning the entire WordPress login area.
A secure password is automatically suggested to you when setting up WordPress and when adding new users. You can find the list of all users in the left sidebar in the WordPress dashboard, where you can easily change it. To do this, select the appropriate user and go to “Edit” under the user name. Each user can create their own username and password. Then scroll down to User Account Management. Now you can generate a new password under “New password” or enter it yourself.
The WordPress dashboard offers various login options
If you add the extension “/wp-admin”, “/wp-login.php” or “/login” to your web address, you will be forwarded directly to the WordPress login.
However, you can also save the login page as a bookmark for your browser. This makes it easy to select every time.
Another option is to link or embed the WordPress login directly on your site.
WordPress login plugin
Plugins are also available to you. For example, the Sidebar Login Plugin available in the WordPress repository allows the WordPress login to be displayed in the frontend. The front end is the view in the foreground. So what the user sees, the surface.
Unfortunately, changes to the design are not possible in the settings. If you want to adapt the login function to your design, it is best to choose the Custom Design or Theme my Login plugins. These take over the design of your selected WordPress theme of your website. There are of course other plugins available to you. All of the above are free.
If you do not have a visitor area that visitors have to log in to, we recommend not using a frontend login.
Redesign WordPress login
You have the option of customizing your login area and displaying your logo, for example. Various WordPress plugins are also available for this.
With the “Login Designer” you can
- the typography of the login and
- the colors
configure. If the plugin is installed, you can find it in the settings under “Design” > “Login Designer”. Various basic templates are now available to you. This enables you to design individual elements.
To do this, click on the desired element in the live preview. A bar will then appear on the left in which you can select all changes. There are eight different sections in total. After the installation, the “Templates” section appears on the left in the menu bar, where you will find the templates you have already created and adapted.
Ensure security in your WordPress login
The login area in particular is a very popular target for hackers. Therefore, it is advisable to rely on security, especially when it comes to passwords. A secure password should consist of at least 6 to 8 characters. It is also recommended to use upper and lower case letters. You can also add numbers and special characters. The more you vary the password, the more difficult it is ultimately to crack your password.
You are also able to use plugins such as “Two-Factor” to carry out two-factor authentication. This makes it difficult for unauthorized persons to access your WordPress account, even if they know your login data. Activation not only asks for user name and password, but also for a multi-digit code. You can also change the login link so that bots can no longer find the login page immediately. The WPS Hide Login plugin, for example, helps here
If you really want your site to be secure, we advise you to consider all of the points mentioned.
Forgot WordPress login – this has to be done
If you happen to forget your admin password, you can change it via the database. You can find the database via your selected web host. To do this, log in to the customer area. There you look for the link to the MySQL database administration and call up the administration of the database. Now you search in the table “users” with the prefix you have chosen for the WordPress installation and then click on “Show”.
A small pen is displayed to the left of the admin user. You now select this to edit the entry. If you now delete the hash value from the field, you can generate a new hash for the password. To do this, you use an md5 hash generator and copy the displayed hash into the field. Now you have to save the whole thing by clicking on “Ok”.
Of course, an easier method for users who have forgotten their password is to simply click on “Forgot Password” under the login and change the password via the email address you provided. You will receive a link for this via email.