It’s common for new WordPress users to have trouble locating their WordPress login URL after installing the self-hosted site for the first time. If you forgot the URL, rest assured: there’s nothing to be ashamed of. As annoying as it might be, it happens more often than you’d think. However, it can be frustrating since you basically can’t access your WordPress site anymore. Luckily, there are some easy ways to fix the issue.
As you might have guessed, this quick tutorial will teach you how to access your WordPress site when you forget your login address.
I lost my WordPress login URL, what now ?
The term ‘login page’ refers to the page where you go to access the back end of your site. Once you’re logged in, you can view your dashboard, create new pages and posts, add new plugins, update your theme – basically customize the site based on your personal preferences.
On a typical WordPress site, all you have to do is to add /admin/ or /Login/ or to the end of your site’s URL. For example:
[grey-bg] www.yourdomain.com/login/ or www.yourdomain.com/admin/ [/grey-bg]
Both of the above URLs will take you to your login page, where you can fill in your username and password. When logged in, you’ll be taken directly to the dashboard or admin area of your site. As simple as ABC.
Logging into a Subdirectory
If your site has been installed in a subdirectory or subfolder, then you have to add either subdirectory /wp-login.php or subdirectory/login/ to the end of your site’s URL.
[grey-bg] www.yourdomain.com/wordpress/login/ or www.machothemes/wordpress/wp-login.php [/grey-bg]
Logging into a Subdomain
Sometimes, users install WordPress on a subdomain. If that’s your case, then you’ll have to use a slightly different URL to access that subdomain. For example:
[grey-bg] www.subdomain.yourdomain.com/login/ or subdomain.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php[/grey-bg]
Both URLs above work when you are still logged into your site and redirect you to your dashboard or admin area.
How to Access Your Login URL Quickly
Don’t worry: you don’t have to memorize your login URL to successfully login to WordPress. The easiest way to avoid losing it is to bookmark it in your browser. This way, you can access it quickly and you don’t run the risk of looking up a similar tutorial in the near future.
Here’s how to bookmark your WordPress login URL in various browsers:
- Firefox – Go to Bookmarks and hover your mouse to “Bookmark This Page.”
- Chrome – Go to Bookmarks and then select Bookmark This Page
- Safari – Go to Books and select Add Bookmark
Once you bookmark it, you’ll be able to access it at the click of a button. Yay!
Tip: If using a personal computer, check the ‘Remember Me’ box when logging in to make sure you are logged in by default. This way, you won’t have to keep logging in every time you want to update your website. You might still have to log in from time to time, depending on your cookie settings.
Alternatively, you can add your login link to your homepage for quick access. You can place it in the footer, sidebar, or navigation menu.
How to Add a Login Link to Your Navigation Menu
- Go to ‘Appearance,’ then select ‘Menus’
- Click on ‘Custom Links’ and fill in your site’s login URL
- Give your menu item a name
- ‘Add to Menu’ and ‘Save Menu’ to save the new menu item.
How to Add a Link to Your Footer or Sidebar
WordPress has a default Meta widget that you can use to add a link to the login page, a link to WordPress.org, or your site’s RSS feeds.
To add the link:
- Go to ‘Appearance’ and click on ‘Widgets’
- Drag a Meta widget to the widget-ready area where you want your login link to be displayed
Our final thoughts on how to find your WordPress login URL
We hope that the post has provided helpful information for you and you successfully managed to log in to WordPress. In case you haven’t been able to do so, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to help you out.