Covers the requirements for WordPress website login, the default WordPress admin login URL and how to find it, plus the lost password link.
Requirements for WordPress website login
- The WordPress admin login URL (also known as web address, link or WordPress login page).
- Your WordPress username and WordPress password from your website designer.
WordPress website login
If you already have the admin URL, WordPress username and password navigate to the admin URL by typing it in your browser or clicking the link.
Type in the username and password into the relevant fields and hit Log In.
You will arrive at the WordPress Dashboard.
If you haven’t got all the requirements read on for some further help.
The default WordPress admin login URL
URL stands for Universal Resource Locator and it more or less means website address.
The default WordPress admin login URL has /wp-login.php as a predecessor to the domain name, e.g.:
yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php or yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
However, this could be different depending on the website creator.
WordPress websites can be developed within a directory on the server, therefore may be something like:
A website developer could also have hidden the default login URL for security reasons, so it could be something more obscure.
If the default WordPress login URL does not bring you to the login screen, you are best off contacting your designer to find out the correct URL unless you have experience with PHPMyAdmin.
Otherwise contact a WordPress website designer like myself. If you have your control panel details there is always a chance I can find the default WordPress admin login URL for your website.
Find your WordPress website login
If you’ve lost touch with the website developer the next option is to FTP into the hosting account. Often there is a file manager available within the control panel.
Here you will be able to see if the WordPress install is within a folder, giving you at least an idea of the location of the WordPress website login page.
If you suspect you have a WordPress security plugin installed then navigate to the plugins folder.
Rename the folder containing the files e.g. “better-wp-security” could become “test_better-wp-security”.
This will disable the plugin, disabling all security features, until you revert back to the original folder name.
You will then be able to use the default WordPress admin login URL to gain access to the site and make necessary changes.
Please do make sure you revert back so your website remains secure.
WordPress username and password
The default WordPress username is often ‘admin’, although if your web developer has experience, the username will be much harder to guess. This helps to prevent your site being hacked, they are not just being awkward.
The password is chosen either during the WordPress install, or by the person that added you as a user.
If your WordPress login URL is available to you, click the “Lost your password” link, as per the image below.
Clicking the link takes you to a screen to enter a username or email address.
Now click “Get new password” – this will send an email to that address, or the address associated with the username. The system will never send you the current password for WordPress.
Check your email account, then reset the password using the reset password link.
If you do not have access to the email address you will not be able to reset the password. In this case you will need to access the database either directly or via your control panel. I would advise help from a web developer with MySQL experience.
If you have access to a control panel or the password to the database it is entirely possible to change a password.
Keep your password safe for next time, by using software, like KeePass.
Logging in to WordPress is simple if you have the correct details to start with. For help gaining access to a site, please do get in touch with a WordPress website designer.