How to log in to WordPress

New to WordPress and don’t know where or how to log in?

How to login to WordPressIf you are on shared hosting you may have had to install WordPress yourself through a cPanel. If you chose WordPress Managed Hosting, your account came with WordPress installed and ready to go. Either way, now you’re ready to log in to the WordPress administration area.  Here’s how.

Where do I log in to WordPress?

Point your browser to your website URL adding wp-admin to the end of the address – like this or or
you can leave the wp off and just use

Type the address directly into the address bar (not a search bar). You can’t search Google to get there.

Finding your Login Username & Password

Your host will like have sent you a welcome email with your login username and login instructions.

During installation, you may have been able to set your own username and password. In the past, the default username was “admin”.

Often when WordPress is installed the system will generate a password and email you a password reset link. If that happens you’ll start by resetting the password.


You are now in the backend administration area of your WordPress site.

How to create a new user

If you are one of our students preparing for the workshop, please set us up as Administrators

It is helpful during our workshops that we have access to your WordPress installation to help troubleshoot issues. We ask that students set us up for the duration of the class. You can remove us later.

  1. On the bottom left side of the screen find Users
  2. Mouse over Users and click Add New
  3. Now create a new user by assigning a username — LearnWP
  4. Enter the users email address —
  5. Assign a strong password — use 2LearnWP! or let WordPress email us a crazy long secure password
  6. Set the user role to Administrator

We will log in and set up different login credentials and delete this user.

More tips in our WordPress for Beginners series

We hope that you’ve found these WordPress for Beginners tips helpful.

This post is part of our WordPress Beginners series. If this post was helpful you may be interested in reviewing our WordPress Launchlist.

If you want to learn more about WordPress, attend one of our WordPress Intensive Workshops in Toronto.

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