As simple as it sounds, this is a surprisingly common problem. You just got a nice new WordPress site up, logged out for the first time, and now can’t find your way back in. What good is this fancy new blogging platform if you can’t get into it?
Fortunately, the solution is quite simple:
- Attempt to locate a “Login” link toward the very bottom of the page, or within a content sidebar. Often times themes will provide a direct link in the footer of the page or another secondary location. Clicking that link should direct you to the login page.
- To directly access your login url, you can simply append “/wp-admin” (without quotes) to the end of your site or blog’s main URL. For example, if your whole site was powered by WordPress, such as the BOLDelite site you’re on now, it would look something like this: www.myfancysite.com/wp-admin. However, if you have a website that was perhaps built before you decided to add a blog, you might have a site at www.myfancysite.com but your WordPress deployment is actually located at, say for example, www.myfancysite.com/blog. In that case, your login page can be accessed as such: www.myfancysite.com/blog/wp-admin.
- You’ll notice after following step two, when you’re looking at your login page the URL actually won’t reflect the “…/wp-admin”. The third option is essentially the same as #2, but is still worth noting. When you try to access “…/wp-admin” what you are actually doing is triggering a redirect which takes you to “…/wp-login.php”. These can be used interchangeably and are simply in place for convenience. To access your login page with this option you’d have a URL similar to this: www.myfancysite.com/wp-login.php
Once you have successfully logged in you will likely be directed to the WordPress Dashboard, a page that briefly summarizes the status of your website/blog. For more information about the Dashboard, take a look at our WordPress Admin Screens: Dashboard article.
Still having problems?
Feel free to contact us if you are still having a difficult time getting logged into your WordPress. We’d be happy to get you pointed in the right direction.
Please note, this article was written with the assumption you downloaded and installed WordPress at some point from WordPress.org, or that you are using a service provided by a hosting provider like GoDaddy. If you are a WordPress.com user, an entirely different service (confusing, I know!), you are likely after the WordPress.com Log In page.