WordPress is the most popular and widely used content management system in the world. It’s available for free and you can customize the design and functionality as needed for your website. You do all this in the backend, the administration area of the software. But where do you actually find the WordPress login? This is something that many people who use WordPress for the first time forget. In this text I will explain how you can call up the admin menu.
What do you need the WordPress login for?
A WordPress website is divided into two areas: the frontend and the backend. The front end is the area that users see. This is limited to displaying the content. If you want to change settings or add new content, you have to go to the backend.
In the backend you can manage all areas of your website. If you have just installed WordPress, you can start customizing your homepage by installing a theme and plugins. In the beginning you will also need it to give your website the basic structure by creating posts and pages.
After the initial setup, there will hardly be a day when you don’t have to call up the menu. In it you upload new images that you need for posts and galleries. You can also manage user comments in the backend. You unblock or unblock them there.
Not working on your website alone? Then the backend is also the menu where you create the accounts for other people. You can specify their rights and have control over whether they can only make new posts or even work on the setup of your website.
How to access the WordPress login?
After installing WordPress, you will be taken directly to the backend, where you can take the first steps. If you then close your browser and forget to write down the URL to get to the backend, don’t panic.
The Internet address is standardized by default and is therefore the same for all WordPress installations. It usually consists of your domain and one of the following three additions:
For example, you enter the following in the address line of your browser: “www.yourdomain.de/admin”.
Under certain conditions you need other URLs. This is the case, for example, if you use a subdomain for your website. Then you have to add one of the following additions to “www.subdomain.deinedomain.de”:
The following third case applies if you have installed WordPress in a subdirectory of your web space. Then you need “yourdomain.de” again and one of the following two additions:
Don’t forget to replace “yourdomain.de” or “subdomain.yourdomain.de” with the URL at which your website can be accessed by users.
After you have called up one of the URLs mentioned, an input mask will appear. In it you enter the user data that you created when installing WordPress.
With a click on the checkbox “Keep me logged in” you can set that you no longer have to enter the data when you call up the WordPress login later. This function is cookie-based. This means that it is only activated for a limited time if you do not log in again in the meantime. It is also deactivated by deleting the cookies.
What happens if you forget your login data
Now it can happen that you didn’t write down the user data despite all the excitement about the installation or that you made a mistake when creating the password. In this case, too, WordPress offers several options for you to continue working on the website.
Below the input mask you will find the link “Forgot your password”. If you click on it, a text field will appear in which you enter your email address or username. You will then be sent an e-mail with which you can adjust the login data.
There are also various ways to reset your password by accessing the technical infrastructure of the website. In the following sections, we explain what we think is the easiest method.
To do this, you first need an FTP client, which you use to connect to your server. Click through the /wp-content/themes folder to the directory of the theme you are using. This is where the functions.php file is stored, which you download to your computer.
Now open the file with the text editor and add the following function behind the first PHP tag:
Of course, you should replace the expression “password” with a password that meets the usual security criteria and is therefore difficult to crack. The “1” stands for the ID of the user. Since this is your admin account, the “1” should always be the right number.
Now save the file and upload it back to the server with the FTP client. Overwrite the old file. Now open, for example, “www.deinedomain.de/wp-login.php”. You can log in there with the new password. To be on the safe side, you should change it again in the user administration in the backend.
It is an absolute must to remove the addition from functions.php afterwards. Otherwise the password will be reset again and again when you call up the backend. To do this, download the file again, delete the addition, save it and overwrite the file on the server again.
How to customize the design of the WordPress login
When you call up the login page for the WordPress login, a login mask appears that is based on the standard design of the content management system. It’s a simple website consisting of just the necessary elements. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. With the right tricks, you can adapt the design of the login so that it is always pleasant to log into the backend.
For example, you can use the “My Login” theme. Not only can you use it to customize the design of the input mask, you can also give the login page a whole new layout. Among other things, it is possible to move the input fields to a bar that is located on the left or right edge of the screen. You can fill the main area in the middle with a graphic or text.
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