Businesses love WordPress.
For many businesses, the flexibility and power provided by WordPress helps them accelerate their company and land new work. With the themes used in WordPress, you can quickly change the design of your site. Need more power and functionality? Plugins allow you to update functionality without using a programmer, developer or having any knowledge of coding.
WordPress is a proven system that works. After all, it’s used by more than 30% of all websites around the world.
As flexible and friendly as WordPress can be, the WordPress dashboard login is one area that frustrates users who want to customize the experience.
Not to worry, we have a few ideas you can use to update the generic WordPress dashboard login.
A Closer Look at the WordPress Dashboard Login
The WordPress dashboard login is the first screen users see as they log into the administration area of your website or blog. This area is also known as the WordPress administrator dashboard.
The easiest way to log into the WordPress dashboard is to add /wp-admin to your site URL. For example, if your website is mywebsite.com, then to access the WordPress dashboard login screen you will simply use mywebsite.com/wp-admin. This will take you to the standard WordPress dashboard login screen for the site.
The standard login screen for WordPress is generic for all sites. The WordPress logo is at the top. There are fields for your Username and Password, as well as a button for Remember Me. You can also access functionality to recover a lost password.
Because this screen is standard for everyone using the dashboard in WordPress, many companies seek options for customizing it. They’d like to brand the site not only for visitors, but employees as well. We’ll look at a few ways you can make the WordPress dashboard login your own.
Please keep in mind, the credentials you use for the WordPress dashboard login are not the same as your cPanel credentials unless they are set to be the same.
Customizing and Modifying the WordPress Dashboard Login
We’ll be using the functions.php file to modify the dashboard login. We don’t normally suggest this, because any modifications will be lost anytime you update WordPress.
However, the only other way to modify the WordPress dashboard login screen is by creating a custom WordPress plugin. Currently, WordPress doesn’t offer themes to modify dashboard login.
To get started, you’ll need a custom CSS folder. In the folder, you can add new PHP code to make modifications to the WordPress dashboard login. You can find samples of the code used in the WordPress Codex
Here are four sample modifications you can make to your WordPress dashboard login.
Create a Folder for WordPress Dashboard Login Modifications
You’ll need to create a new folder in your site’s WordPress theme’s folder. Add the folder and call it “dashboardlogin”.
Next, inside of the folder create a new .txt file and name it, “dashboard-login.css”.
Let WordPress know to load the new CSS file. You can do this by adding a redirect to the “dashboard-login.css” to the functions.php fiel in your current theme. Again, look in the WordPress Codex for a copy of the latest code for each of these modifications.
Replace the Background for the WordPress Dashboard Login
You can also replace the generic white background for the WordPress dashboard login with a custom image. This can be done by adding your own background image URL to the “dashboard-login.css” file in your theme.
Keep in mind, you will need to position the image as your background before finishing the work.
Replace the WordPress Logo
You can easily replace the WordPress logo with your own by adding an image URL to the “dashboard-login.css” file.
You’ll need to save the logo file in the /dashboardlogin folder you created, and where your custom .css file is stored.
Update the WordPress Dashboard Login Logo URL
Even though you’ve replaced the WordPress logo with your own logo, the link for the logo is still pointed to wordpress.org. You need to update the code to redirect the link on the logo to your own site.
You can select the site the logo redirects to and the alt text. This could be the site managed by the WordPress Admin dashboard, or a company intranet (if you have outside access to the internal network). The choice is yours.
Other Options for a Custom WordPress Dashboard Login
As easy as it is to use these options to customize your WordPress dashboard login, not everyone will be comfortable making changes to the code.
Before you get started, you may want to reach out to a WordPress developer for help or look at purchasing a premium WordPress plugin with options for customizing the WordPress dashboard login.