Change Your WordPress Login URL

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Securing your WordPress site goes beyond preference; it’s vital for a resilient website. This guide outlines the significance of changing your WordPress login URL, emphasizing the risks tied to the default pathway, and walks you through the process of changing it yourself.

Why Should You Care About Changing Your WordPress Login URL?

Changing your WordPress login URL matters for one reason: security. The default pathways, like `/wp-login.php` or `/wp-admin/`, are widely known and targeted by automated bots attempting to guess usernames and passwords, resulting in brute-force attacks. This predictability increases vulnerability and exposes your site to automated scans actively searching for vulnerabilities. By altering your default login URL to something unique and less predictable, you strategically safeguard your website, minimizing the risks tied to standard login pathways.

Why Use a Plugin to Change Your WordPress Login URL: Simplifying Security

Plugins stand out as the go-to solution to make this process accessible to a broader audience. They offer a user-friendly interface, quick implementation, reduced risk of errors, additional security features, compatibility assurance, and ease of reversal—making the login URL change accessible to website owners with varying levels of expertise.

User-Friendly Interface:

Plugins provide an intuitive interface that doesn’t require any coding skills. This means even those with limited technical knowledge can seamlessly navigate through the plugin settings. The graphical interface simplifies the entire process, making it accessible to users with varying levels of expertise.

Quick Implementation:

Time is of the essence when it comes to security measures. Plugins expedite the process, allowing anyone to change their login URL with just a few clicks. This swift implementation reduces the time spent on manual coding and editing, making it an efficient solution for website owners.

Reduced Risk of Errors:

For those not well-versed in coding, the risk of errors looms large when manually modifying code. Plugins minimize this risk, ensuring that even users without coding expertise can make changes without the fear of introducing syntax errors or other coding mistakes. This is particularly beneficial for maintaining a stable and error-free website.

Additional Security Features:

Beyond the primary function of changing the login URL, many plugins offer supplementary security features. This might include mechanisms to limit login attempts, enforce strong password policies, or block IP addresses exhibiting suspicious behavior. Choosing a plugin not only addresses URL modification but enhances overall security.

Ease of Reversal:

Flexibility is a key aspect of using plugins. If, for any reason, you need to revert to the default login URL or make further changes, plugins often provide a convenient way to do so through their settings. This ease of reversal ensures that website owners can adapt their security measures without encountering cumbersome processes.

Changing the Login URL with a Plugin

In this example, we’ll be using Melapress Login Security, a plugin that is quite popular with the ManageWP user base.

Step 1: Activate the Plugin

Install and activate the Melapress Login Security plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Step 2: Change the Login URL

1. Go to “Login Security > Settings” in the WordPress dashboard with the plugin activated.

2. Click “Hide Login Page” to access the URL modification settings.

3. In the “Login page URL” field, enter the new custom login URL you want.

4. Optionally, in the “Old login page URL redirect” field, set a redirect URL for anyone trying to access the old default login URL.

5. Click “Save Changes” to apply the modifications.

Whenever you install a plugin, we recommend following the plugin author’s recommendations and reading the Installation Tips. By following these instructions, you can effectively change both `/wp-login.php` and `/wp-admin/` and come a step closer to fortifying your website. 

The view of the administrator page of Melapress Login Security plugin

Will this affect the way I use ManageWP?

If your website has a custom login URL, connecting it to ManageWP might require one additional step, depending on how you choose to connect. The first step is the same, requiring you to fill in your website’s URL. After filling in your website URL, you can choose to establish the connection using your admin login credentials or your ManageWP connection key. 

If you opt for admin login credentials, you’ll be prompted to fill in your login slug after filling in the URL. After you do this, you will be prompted to log into your website as if it were the default login URL. 

ManageWP Add Website screen showing custom login slug prompt

If you opt for the connection key, you bypass the slug prompt entirely. This ensures a smooth connection process, making it no different from connecting a website with the default login URL.

What Happens If You Change the Login URL After Connecting to ManageWP?

If you change the login URL after the website has already been connected to ManageWP,  the connection remains unchanged. There’s no need for intervention of any kind. 

Additionally, extensive testing has confirmed the compatibility of most well-known plugins, Melapress included, assuring that changing the login URL using a plugin should not cause any connectivity issues.

In summary, fortifying your WordPress login security by changing your default login URL is a practical and straightforward process we believe everyone should do. Do you agree with us?