How to Login to WordPress Dashboard

How to Login to WordPress Dashboard

If you’re looking for a way to access your WordPress admin area, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, you will learn how to login to your WordPress dashboard. Let’s take a look!

Locating the WordPress Admin Login Area

Before we go further, keep in mind that WordPress admin login credentials are set during WordPress installation. Thus, they’re not the same password as your hosting control panel.

Usually, WordPress is installed in the root of your domain (public_html directory of your hosting account), you can access its admin login area with the following link:

ProTip: If WordPress is installed in any sub-folder such as /wp/, the login URL would be it’s on a sub-domain, it would be

This image shows your WordPress Admin Login Page

Since WordPress admin login URL is essentially the same by default, it’s recommended to alter your login URL for extra security measures. You can achieve this manually or with the help of a plugin.

Accessing the WordPress Dashboard

Now, to enter the WordPress admin area, you’ll need to fill in your WordPress Username, or Email Address, and the Password that you’ve created during the installation process.

ProTip: If you ticked the “Send me installation instructions via email” box when installing WordPress, you could find your login credentials in your email.

Once you’ve typed in the required information, click Log In. That’s it. You’ve learned how to access the WordPress admin dashboard!This image shows you the WordPress dashboard

Troubleshooting Access Problems

Sometimes you may experience various issues while trying to login to your WordPress admin area. Here are the solutions to some common ones:

Using Incorrect Password

If you entered the correct email address, but the password can’t seem to be working, make sure to click the “Lost your password?” link located below the login form. Type in your username or email address. A link to change your password will be sent to your email.This image shows you the lost your password? feature on WordPress admin login page If you can’t reset your WordPress password via email for some reason, you can do it manually by changing the user_pass field using phpMyAdmin. Check this tutorial for detailed instructions.

Error Establishing Database Connection

You also can’t login to your WordPress admin dashboard when this error happens since it affects your whole wordpress site. However, don’t panic if you are currently experiencing it. Your site just fails to retrieve and display information from the database due to bad traffic or a corrupted database.

To solve the error, you’ll have to repair your database or create a new one. Check the full tutorial here.

You can also find other causes that might lock you out of the WordPress admin area along with the complete solutions in this article.


Congratulations, you now know how to login to the WordPress dashboard quickly and easily. Create, develop, and edit your website to your heart’s content and have fun!

The Author


Edvinas B. / @edvinas

Edvinas mentors and trains every new customer support agent at Hostinger. When he's not teaching new guys the secrets of providing an exceptional service, he likes to travel the world and play basketball.

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Gaurav Patyal Reply

February 03 2018

Thank you!


    Gediminas B.

    Replied on February 15 2018

    You're welcome, Guarav!


Gene Newman Reply

February 20 2018

This system seem unnecessarily complicated. How do I get to dashboard? The above is no help. How do I get a hit counter established for my blog? It should be much more user friendly. P.S, I'm 88 years old. Have mercy!


    Domantas G.

    Replied on February 27 2018

    Hey Gene, Just add /wp-admin to your domain name. For example:


Kachi Reply

June 21 2019

Thank you. Was stuck a little while ago but this article helped.

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