Confused about how to log on to your new WordPress site? Don’t worry — you’re not alone. Depending on how you’ve chosen to host the site, there are different ways to access your WordPress login.

If you’re new to the land of web hosting, this probably isn’t immediately obvious. We’ve put together a quick guide to help walk you through the process. Read on to learn the different ways you can log in to your WordPress dashboard.

Web Hosting Providers

If you’ve chosen to host your WordPress site using an outside hosting provider, your URL will be very simple. Just type in your domain name and then add /login/ or /admin/ to the end of your URL.

It should look like this: www.YourURL.com/login/ or www.YourURL.com/admin/

Both of these links will work if you’re using a service like Bluehost or HostGator to host your website. They’ll take you to your login page, where you can then enter your credentials and access the dashboard.

Sub-Directories

The process for logging in if you’re using a sub-directory is a little different. (You’ll know that you’ve installed WordPress as a sub-directory if your URL is www.YourURL.com/wordpress/.)

In this case, there are two different URLs you can use to access your login:

  1. www.YourURL.com/wordpress/admin/
  2. www.YourURL.com/wordpress/wp-login.php

Subdomains

In some cases, you might not have installed WordPress on your main domain. Some people choose to create subdomains for their website, which are basically like spinoff versions of the site. Think something like blog.YourURL.com.

If you’re trying to access the WordPress login for a subdomain, you’ll use the same URLs as above, but with the subdomain added. It should look like this:

  1. www.subdomain.YourURL.com/wordpress/admin/
  2. www.subdomain.YourURL.com/wp-login.php

WordPress Login Tips

Knowing how to log in is helpful, but what about remembering how you accessed that page in the first place? Is there a way to make all of this easier?

Luckily, there are some helpful tips you can keep in mind to help streamline your login process and get rid of some confusion.

One big piece of advice is to bookmark your login URL. It’s much easier to just click a link in your bookmarks bar than try to remember which URL will let you log in to the backend of your site.

If you have multiple people who access your site and are confused by the login process, you can also add the URL to the footer, sidebar, or menu of your website for easy access.

Adding it to your menus is one of the easiest ways. From your dashboard, go to “Appearance” and then “Menus.” You should see a tab labeled “Links.”

Once you’ve clicked that, it will expand to let you add a URL to your menu. Just add your login URL, enter the text that will show up in your menu, and hit “Add to Menu.” You’re done!

Learn More About How to Start a Blog

Figuring out your WordPress login is just one of the small speed bumps that people don’t expect when starting a blog. Knowing how your website is hosted and bookmarking your login URL can help you sail past this common problem!

If you want to learn how to anticipate other problems down the road, create great content, and make your blog as successful as it can be, you’re in the right place. We can help.

Discover how we can take your blog to the next level today.

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