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One of the most common questions from WordPress beginners is: “Where and how do I log into WordPress?” The answer is very simple: all you have to do is enter the following address in your browser line:

If the URL doesn’t work, try the following address:

If you don’t want to sign up on a self-hosted WordPress site but want to sign up at, the correct link is:

Forgot WordPress password

Of course, calling up the correct URL is not enough. It is important that you have the correct access data at hand to log in to the WordPress dashboard. If you have forgotten it, simply click on the “Forgot your password” link in the login mask.

Forgot all WordPress credentials

If you can’t remember the user name or the e-mail address you registered with, you have to log in to your provider (e.g. Strato or 1und1). To change the password, proceed as follows (in most cases):

  1. Look for the “Database Management” menu item in your provider’s customer account
  2. Select folder wp-users in phpMyAdmin

The stored e-mail address and user name are then usually displayed here. You can then request a new password via the URL

Login not possible despite correct access data?

If you have entered your correct access data but cannot access the WordPress dashboard, various factors can be the cause.

1. Clear browser cache & delete cookies

The first troubleshooting step should always be to clear all cookies and the browser cache. In Google Chrome and Firefox, this works via Settings → Privacy & Security.

2. Disable plugins

If the login problem with WordPress persists, previously installed plugins are often to blame. Now gradually deactivate each plugin to find the culprit. Especially old plugins that have not received an update for a long time tend to cause problems. Use an FTP program for this and navigate to /wp-content/plugins. There you can deactivate the plugins individually by renaming them.

3. Disable theme

Another way you can do that WordPress login problem can solve is the deactivation of the WordPress theme. Also use an FTP program (e.g. the free FileZilla) and navigate to wp-content/themes. Rename the active theme there and then try to log in as normal.

Hide WordPress wp-admin

To make it more difficult for unauthorized persons to access your WordPress site, you can use the Hide WordPress login page. In case of doubt, this will not be able to prevent hacker attacks on your site, but the whole thing is by no means pointless. You can hide the login mask relatively easily with the following plugins:

Set up a WordPress login button

Instead of hiding the login area, you can obviously link it to a button on your website. All you have to do is navigate to the Design → Widgets menu item in your WordPress dashboard. Here you can then place the WordPress widget with the name “Meta” at the point (e.g. in your sidebar) where you want the Show login button want to leave.

Tip: There are numerous plugins that can be used to customize the user registration in the front end.

Customize WordPress login

The WP login page looks the same on all installations. If you want to add your own logo or background image there, or just want to customize the colors, we recommend one of the following plugins:

WordPress registration

You want to add a new user to WordPress? Then it’s easy via the item User → Add new in the WordPress admin area. Assign a user name there and store the e-mail address with which the new user should log in in the future. Important: Set the correct user role so that the user gets the access rights they should have. By default, WordPress distinguishes between:

  • Administrator,
  • Editor,
  • Author,
  • employees and
  • Subscriber.

Depending on which plugins are installed, additional user roles such as SEO manager or translator (translator) can be added.

Automatic registration of new users is disabled by default after WordPress installation. For security reasons, we recommend that you leave the function permanently deactivated. If you still want to activate the function, you can do so via Settings → General in the WordPress admin area. Simply tick the “Anyone can register” checkbox and assign a standard user role (preferably subscriber). You can adjust the user roles later via Users → All users.

If you don’t have a WordPress site yet, you can find out here how to install WordPress in just a few steps. We explain the difference between and under this link.

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