How to log into WordPress

In this post, I will show you how to log into your WordPress administration area. I will also give you a few tips on how to protect your admin area from unauthorized access.

The administration area, also known as the backend, is the heart of every content management system. You can use this interface to publish posts/pages, change the design, add functions to your homepage or make basic settings for your website.

How can you log into your WordPress now?

In the standard case, there are two ways you can log into your WordPress. To do this, go to your WordPress site in your preferred web browser. Now add either /wp-admin/ or /wp-login.php/ to your website address. Compare the call with the example below, where you have to replace YOUR DOMAIN with the address of your WordPress site.

https://www.DEINE-DOMAIN.de/wp-admin/
https://www.DEINE-DOMAIN.de/wp-login.php/

The following login mask will now open.

(WordPress login interface)

Please enter the access data that you specified during installation or that you received from your administrator. If the access data entered is correct, you will be logged into your WordPress and forwarded to the dashboard of your administration area.

Why are there two ways to get to the administration area of ​​WordPress?

Calling up the wp-login.php file opens the login mask for the WordPress admin area. Hingenen only links the abbreviation wp-admin to this file. Thus, there are no significant differences between these two calls.

How to hide your WordPress admin panel

WordPress is known to be the most widespread content management system in the world and therefore there are always a few rogues who try to gain access to this system. In order to prevent this now, it is worth hiding/moving the administration area of ​​WordPress.

Step 1: The Extension(s)

I always recommend and use the extension myself WPS Hide Loginas this is designed exclusively for moving the WordPress login and does not provide any unnecessary overhead of functions.

To hide the WordPress administration area, download and activate the WPS Hide Login plugin.

WPS Hide Login Installation - Login to WordPress

(Move your WordPress login page and make it a little harder for attackers to hack into your site.)

Step 2: The settings of WPS Hide Login

Then navigate to the general settings under settings -> General. At the end of the page you will now find the options for setting up the extension.

WPS Hide Login Settings - Login to WordPress

(Under the settings of the extension you can set the future WordPress login address.)

At this point you will now see an input field in which the WordPress login address is stored. Right after activating the extension is here Log in deposited. This means that the admin area can be reached at https://www.DEINE-DOMAiN/login/ by default. Now adapt the address of your WordPress administration area according to your wishes. In our example case, I want the page to be reachable at https://www.test.wp-hero.com/wp-super-hero/. As soon as you have made changes here, save them with a click Apply changes away.

Now, as a test, open a second browser or an incognito window and call up the new address of your WordPress administration area. The WordPress login mask will now be displayed at this address. If, on the other hand, you call up the old address under /wp-admin/, you will see an error page saying that this page has been deactivated. When calling /wp-login.php/, the 404 page of your WordPress will be loaded.

WPS Hide Login Error - Login to WordPress

(Error message when calling the standard WordPress login address /wp-admin/ after installing the WPS Hide login extension.)

By hiding the WordPress login page, you make it a little more difficult for attackers to hack into your administration area using brute force or dictionary attacks. Of course, not all attacks can be repelled by this measure, but at least this protection is a start in terms of security.

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