Especially when you start working with WordPress, it can happen that you ask yourself “How can I log into my own WordPress website now?” Or you just can’t get to the login URL that you visited yesterday. But don’t worry – this is a common experience when trying to launch your own self-hosted WordPress site for the first time. In this article we will show you how you can easily find your WordPress login URL – and never lose it again!
How to log into WordPress
[su_row][su_column size=“1/2″]The WordPress login page takes you to the backend of your website. Once logged in you can view your dashboard, create new posts/articles or pages, update your theme, add new plugins or make other changes to your site.[/su_column][su_column size=“1/2″]
For most WordPress websites, simply adding /login/ or /admin/ to the end of the website URL is sufficient. For example:
Each of these two URLs should then redirect you to the WordPress login page, where you can then enter your username and password. Once logged in, you will then be redirected directly to the homepage in the WordPress backend. This is usually the dashboard page.
How to log into a WordPress subdirectory
If your site was installed in a subdirectory (sub-folder or subdirectory), you need to append /login/ or /wp-login.php to the website URL. Such a subdirectory is created when you install WordPress on the FTP server, for example, and a main folder is created that contains the other folders. In this case, your login URLs will look like this:
How to sign up using a subdomain
If your WordPress installation was performed on a subdomain, you must adjust your URL accordingly in order to be able to log into the WordPress backend:
How to log in directly to the WordPress admin area
If you are logged in, you can access the admin area directly via the following two URLs:
These URLs then check whether you are already logged in and, if so, redirect you directly to the admin area of the site. If you are not logged in, the regular login window will appear.
The best way to remember your WordPress login URL
You don’t need to memorize your login URL. The easiest way is to save the URL as a bookmark in the browser. Depending on the browser you are using, you will need to:
Chrome: Click Bookmarks > Bookmark This Page
Safari: Click Bookmarks > Add Bookmark
Firefox: Click Bookmarks > Add Bookmark
If you want, you can also create different folders for your bookmarks, for example to have a better overview if you manage several WordPress sites. Once bookmarked, you have quick and easy direct access to your login page without having to remember the address.
Tip: Once you get to the login page, you should check the Keep me logged in box. This ensures that you stay logged in and don’t have to log in again and again. How long you ultimately remain logged in to the WordPress backend depends on the cookie settings of your browser.
As an alternative to the bookmark option, you can also add a link from your website, which will then take you to your login page. You can add this link to your menu, sidebar or footer.
How to add a link to your menu
[su_row][su_column size=“1/3″]To add a link to the navigation menu, select the Theme item in the sidebar and click on Menus. To create a link, select the Links tab in the left tab bar and enter your login URL in the URL field.[/su_column][su_column size=“2/3″]
You can name the link whatever you want – just fill in the Link Text field. Finally, a click on Add to menu and save menu is enough – done.
How to add a link to the sidebar or footer
WordPress comes with a standard meta widget that adds a link to the WordPress login page, the site’s RSS feeds, and WordPress.org. These links are then always displayed where you added the widget, e.g. the sidebar or the footer. To add the Meta Widget click on Theme in the sidebar and then on Widgets: