WordPress login url lost? See how to get it back

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:

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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.

For example:

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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:

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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, 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.

8 thoughts on “WordPress login url lost? See how to get it back”

  1. Thanks for sharing the article. Burt problem is this, i changed my wp-admin URL by my own with the use of plugin. And now i am not able to open my login panel with the URL which i have created.

  2. Hi there
    Although your information is very helpful, I also changed the URL by removing the sub-directory name and now I cannot get into WordPress at all. Any ideas how to get back to it?

  3. @Felicia Forbes – there’s only one way (that I can think of) to go about this:

    Log-in into cPanel, head over to phpMyAdmin -> select your site’s database -> Locate the wp_options table and look for the siteurl & home options inside the table. Double–click to change the values of these two database entries to whatever the actual URL of the WordPress installation is.

    Of course, this requires a bit of tinkering with technical stuff. I hope you’ll find this helpful.


  4. I changed my url messing around with bluehost and broke my localhost link.
    I went into MySQL and fixed 1 problem by changing the siteurl and home page again… I still get /admin to work though so I can edit the page? any ideas?

  5. hi – I have not used wordpress for over 5 years and now I want to delete an old wodpress site of mine. I tried login with all my email addresses but the site isn’t there in my account settings in order to delete it. I tried submitting a form to wordpress help but they ask for authentication code and the original wordpress account emails which I have since lost. This is really an identity safety issue which needs sorting out – how do I get help from wordpress?

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