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How to Log in to the WordPress Dashboard

The dashboard is the central hub for managing a WordPress site, allowing users to control content, plugins, themes, and more. It’s a critical tool for maintaining, improving, and troubleshooting your website.

In this guide, we’ll walk through the step-by-step process of accessing the WordPress dashboard – including finding the login page, entering admin credentials, and navigating the essential features.

If you’re new to the WordPress CMS, why not check out our helpful WordPress beginner’s guide?

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How To Log in To WordPress Using the Login URL

The most common way to access the WordPress dashboard is by logging into your account via its URL. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open the preferred web browser.
  2. In the address bar, enter the login URL for the WordPress site and press enter. The standard login URL is typically: “https://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php” or “https://yourdomain.com/wp-admin”.
  3. On the login page, enter the username or email address associated with the WordPress admin account, and the password.
  4. Optionally, check the “Remember Me” option, to automatically enter your login credentials in future sessions.
  5. Click the “Log In” button.

How To Access WordPress Through Plesk

It’s also possible to log in to your WordPress site and access the dashboard through Plesk. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Plesk control panel.
  2. Once logged in, navigate to the “Websites & Domains” section.
  3. Locate the domain name associated with the WordPress installation and click it.
  4. In the domain overview page, scroll down to the “Web Applications” section.
  5. Click on the “WordPress” icon or the “Install” button next to it.
  6. The user will be redirected to the WordPress management page within Plesk.
  7. Click the “Log in” button to access the WordPress admin dashboard.
  8. Enter the WordPress admin username and password.
  9. Click the “Log In” button to log in to the WordPress admin dashboard via the Plesk interface.

For more top tips on managing your WordPress site through Plesk, check out our helpful guide!

Common WordPress Login Errors

There are a few common WordPress login errors that users may encounter when attempting to access the dashboard. Below are some potential errors and how to resolve them:

  • Incorrect Username or Password: This error occurs when the entered username or password is incorrect. Double-check the login credentials and ensure the correct information is being entered. The password can be reset if needed.
  • White Screen of Death’: Sometimes, after entering the login credentials, the screen may go blank or display an error message – known as the ‘white screen of death’. This can be caused by a plugin or theme conflict. Try disabling plugins or switching to a default theme to troubleshoot the issue.
  • Too Many Redirects: This error typically occurs when there is an issue with the site’s URL settings or a misconfiguration in the WordPress files. To resolve it, check the “Site URL” and “Home URL” in the WordPress database or update the URL settings via the ‘wp-config.php’ file.
    To find out more about the Too Many Redirects error – and how to resolve it – check out our helpful guide!

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How To Add More Admin Users To WordPress

If you’re running a business website – or even a collaborative passion project – there may be multiple users who need shared access to the WordPress dashboard. To get access to the full range of features in the management center, the user must have admin privileges.

To add more admin users to WordPress, follow these steps:

  1. Follow the steps in this guide to log in to the WordPress admin dashboard using an existing admin account.
  2. In the dashboard menu, go to “Users” and click on “Add New.”
  3. Fill in the required information for the new admin user, including username, email address, and a strong password. Optionally, provide the first name, last name, and website for the new user.
  4. Under the “Role” section, select “Administrator” from the dropdown menu to assign admin privileges to the new user.
  5. Once the user has entered all the necessary details, click the “Add New User” button to create the new admin user.
  6. The new admin user will receive an email notification with their username and a link to set their password.
  7. The new admin user can now log in to the WordPress admin dashboard using their credentials and will have full administrative privileges.

For more tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your new WordPress site, check out our beginner’s guide to setting up your WordPress site.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is my WordPress admin username?

A: In WordPress, the admin username refers to the login name associated with the account, used to access the backend or admin area of a WordPress website. It is the primary user account with full administrative privileges and is typically created during the WordPress installation process. The admin username is used to manage the website, publish content, install plugins/themes, and perform other administrative tasks.

Q: How do I access WordPress admin without a domain?

A: To access the WordPress admin area without a domain, use the IP address of the hosting server. Type the IP address, followed by “/wp-admin” in a web browser’s address bar. For example, “http://your_server_ip/wp-admin”. This should direct the user to the WordPress login page, within which they can enter admin credentials and access the admin area.