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How to Log into WordPress

Once you have gone through the installation process for WordPress, you will be able to log in. But, logging in can be somewhat confusing if this is your first time. However, you are going to learn that not only is it easy to log in, but there are a lot of ways to do it.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to log in to your WordPress website’s admin section using two methods. However, before you can do this, you are going to need a few pieces of information.

The Information You Will Need to Log Into WordPress

Here is the information that you should have available after installing WordPress. It is necessary for logging into your website. Thus, I recommend writing it down and storing it in a secure location. This will ensure you will never be locked out of this information or run into login troubles later on.

WordPress Domain Name and URL

One of the first things you are going to need is a location to go to log into WordPress. This is known as the URL of your website and it is determined by the domain name you select. It can appear differently depending on the method of installation you chose.

For example, http://ggexample.com/ or http://ggexample.com/blog or http://ggexample.com/wp. If you used Softaculous, your URL would be what you selected in the “Choose Domain” section during installation.

Choose Domain

WordPress Username

As everyone knows, to log into anything online, it requires two pieces of information, the username, and password. In this case, the username is your Admin Username that you select when you set up your WordPress account. During the installation process, you will have the opportunity to change this to anything.

For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you pick something you will remember, but it should also be unique. For example, you should not pick “Admin” as your username. This creates unnecessary security risks as it gives hackers and bots half of the administrative credentials to gain access to WordPress.

Unique Username

Note: Alternatively, you can use the email address you entered in the place of a username. You can disable email as a login method later on by using a plugin. This can help you secure your website if you frequently use that email address.

WordPress Password

The password is the other piece of information necessary to log into WordPress. Just like the username, this is selected when you are going through the WordPress installation process. Again this is something that you will create from scratch.

Passwords are recommended to be strong, in some cases, you will be forced to choose a strong password to continue. This helps keep your website safe from hackers so not only should you choose a strong password, but you should store it safely as well.

Unique Password

Note: The above information may have been sent to the e-mail address you provided during the installation process.

How to Access Your WordPress Login Page

With this information available to you, you are now ready to log into WordPress. There are two main ways to get to the login page. The first is to simply go to it via the address bar, which is what you will do normally to log in. The second is to use the Softaculous portal to reach the login page, which is typically done right after installation.

Thus, I will demonstrate both ways to do it.

Method 1: From the Address Bar

The first way I will demonstrate will be the simplest and most direct approach to log into WordPress, through the address bar. Or to be even more clear, to enter your website’s URL in the address bar.

At the top of your web browser, enter your website’s URL and add “/wp-admin” to the end of it.

Enter URL

You will now be at the login screen for your website. Simply enter your username or email address into the line at the top and enter your password to the bottom.

Once your information has been added, click on the “Log In” button.

Log In

Note: You can check the “Remember Me” option. This will autofill the information every time you try to login from your current device. As long as this is a private computer, it is safe to use this feature. However, never use it on a public computer.

You will now be logged into your WordPress website and can begin to create content.

Method 2: Via Softaculous

The second method is commonly done when you are logging into your WordPress website for the first time after using Softaculous to install it. This is because immediately after the installation process finishes, you will see a link that leads you to the login page and all of the login credentials you will need.

However, you can use it to login at any time, but it does require different information to do so. Instead of needing your WordPress login information, you will need your web hosting account login information. This is provided to you when you create an account via email.

Note: You need to have used Softaculous to install WordPress. Otherwise, this method is not available for you.

Log into GreenGeeks and go to cPanel by clicking the “CPANEL” button.

CPANEL

Scroll down to the bottom of the page. There you will find the Softaculous Apps Installer section. Click on the “WordPress” link or icon.

WordPress

You will now be in the WordPress section of Softaculous. Click on the “All Installations” icon at the top of the screen.

All Installations

This will show you a full list of every app you have used Softaculous to install. Locate the WordPress section and click on the human to enter the admin area of that WordPress install.

Note: If you have created a subdomain it will also be visible, so make sure to pick the right one.

Admin Login

You will now be logged into your WordPress website and bypass having to enter your WordPress credentials.

Trouble Logging In

It is very possible that you may encounter some login trouble. The most common login problem is not entering the information correctly or entering the wrong login credentials.

The first step I strongly recommend is to review your login information. Is your username spelled correctly? If so, it is most likely your password. Unlike the username, you can not see the password you typed in.

A simple way to get around this is to write your password somewhere else, like in a notepad, and copy and paste it into the password box. This ensures you can see it written and confirm that it is spelled correctly.

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it manually by going through a few easy steps.

Another issue can arise if you’re trying to access the login page after creating a new webpage too soon. It takes anywhere from five minutes up to 48 hours for domains to register across the Internet. So, trying to access the login page before that happens can result in a missing website. Don’t worry, though, it will be up shortly.

Only the Beginning

WordPress is an incredibly useful tool when it comes to developing a variety of websites. Whether you’re looking to make money online or want to blog about your day, WordPress is the perfect platform.

With WordPress installed, you will now need to pick out a theme and some plugins to start building your website. The process may be daunting at first, but let me assure you that it’s very manageable if you take the right approach.

What kind of site are you looking to build in WordPress? Did you experience any trouble logging into your WordPress website?

Author: Kaumil Patel

Kaumil Patel is the Chief Operating Officer of GreenGeeks and has over 13 years of experience in the web hosting industry working for and owning web hosting companies. Kaumil’s expertise is in marketing, business development, operations, acquisitions and mergers.

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