So you’ve done it: you’ve decided to start a blog with WordPress, or maybe you’ve determined that WordPress is the ideal content management system (CMS) for your site. If you’ve gone through the installation process, you’ll be fine!
After all, WordPress controls about 35% of the web as overwhelmingly the most popular CMS, dwarfing competitors like Drupal and Joomla.
The WordPress installation process comes in a number of different flavors. Many hosting providers offer automated WordPress installation as part of their in-panel features. It allows you to create a new WordPress installation with the click of a button.
Alternatively, you can install WordPress manually. This includes downloading an archive of the source code and using an FTP client to upload the embedded files to your web server.
Whichever way you chose to install your WordPress, you’ll need to set a default admin username and password along the way. After doing this, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle. Some hosting providers will direct you directly to your WordPress admin login, but others will not.
Anyway, you should know how to get to your admin login in future cases. Let’s talk about how you can do that.
If you are already logged in: use the admin bar
Usually you are already logged in to your WordPress admin account after setting up your new WordPress blog. This means you don’t need to find your WordPress admin login page, you just need to find how to access the admin backend as a whole. However, the two are synonymous in WordPress as both can be accessed from the same page.
The easiest way to access the admin side of your WordPress site is to navigate to your site’s URL through your browser. If you are logged in, you will see a gray bar at the top of the page: the admin bar.
To get to your admin backend, all you need to do is click on the name of your website in this bar, which can be located directly to the right of the WordPress logo. In this example, that would be ‘Online Tech Tips’.
Since you can only see the admin bar if you are already logged in, you will be immediately taken to your admin dashboard. This is where you can make all administrative changes to your WordPress site.
If you are not logged in: by URL
If you’re not logged in, it can be a bit more difficult to find your admin backend. Some WordPress themes include a login link in the footer, but not all include it. However, we can access the admin backend in a somewhat hacky way by checking the default URLs.
Any of these pages will do the trick. If you’re an admin, the simple WordPress login page will direct you to your admin dashboard.
Knowing the default WordPress URL to your WordPress admin login is just as bad as it is good. It means that malicious users who may want to hack or brute force their way into your WordPress backend also have the upper hand.
Securing your login pages
It is a security risk to use the default WordPress login URLs, or worse, the default WordPress credentials of username “admin”. This provides an entry point for hackers who will do their best to sabotage your WordPress site.
However, you can’t just rename the “wp-admin” folder and the “wp-login.php” file. Doing so would completely break your WordPress installation.
Currently, the best way to do this is with the WPS Hide login plug in. Please note that this is a third party plugin and not officially maintained by WordPress. However, it has over 500,000 active installs and installing it is very easy.
You can download the plugin as an archive directly from the WordPress Plugins site, or go to the Add new page in your admin dashboard, which can be found under the Plug in menu.
If you choose the latter method, which we recommend as it is much simpler, you will have to search for the plugin by name.
Once you have found it, click on the Install now knob. When you’re done, that button changes to Activate, which you also need to click. This will take you to your plugins page, where you need to scroll down and click the Settings link under the row WPS Hide Login.
Here you can change the default WordPress login URL, which applies to both the login page and the admin folder. With WPS Hide Login, you can even redirect users to a custom page if they try to access this URL, which can help you capture their IP address, for example, if needed.
In addition, you may even want to look at password protected WordPress pages.
Finding your WordPress admin login and dashboard can be confusing as a new user, but once you figure it out, it’s extremely easy to remember.
Do you know of any alternative ways to find the WordPress admin login? Leave a comment below and let us know!