How to Log in to the WordPress Admin Dashboard

If you’re working with WordPress there will always be a need to log in to the WordPress Admin dashboard.  The WordPress Admin interface gives you access to settings, reports, or other functions of the applications that are part of the WordPress installation. This guide will take you through the steps of logging into the WordPress Administrator Dashboard.
  1. In your internet browser, type in, “http://domain-name/wp-admin”.   You would need to replace “domain-name” with your website’s domain name. For example, the domain-name could be something like “”
  2. When you have the login URL typed into your browser, hit enter and it will bring you to the login screen that requires your email address or user name and the respective password.  Some login screens may vary, but they will generally look like this: WordPress Dashboard login page
  3. Type in your username or email address and password for the site. If you have forgotten your password, you can use the Lost your password link to recover it. The recovery option works through the email for the administrator to be able to log in. Additionally, if you installed WordPress with Softaculous then you do have the option to login as an administrator from Softaculous.  Please see’s documentation on other ways to recover the WordPress password. You will have the option to have the interface remember your username or email address and password. Simply click on the Remember Me checkbox under the login criteria.
  4. Click on the Login button. This will bring you to the WordPress Administrator dashboard. Keep in mind that the layout of the WordPress admin can look different due to plugins or other customizations, but this is typically how it will appear: Example of WordPress Admin Dashboard
Congratulations! You now know how to log into the WordPress Dashboard!  For more information on WordPress or other WordPress-based applications, please see our other educational articles.