How WP-Admin Redirects to Homepage & Hide Login URL?

Imagine your website is a fortress, and the WP-Admin page is its gatekeeper. It’s the entrance point for managing your WordPress site. However, just as any fortress needs a well-protected gate, your WP-Admin page also requires security measures. In this article, we’ll explore how to redirect your WP-Admin page to the homepage, effectively concealing login page from potential threats.

Also, I would like to address that some people getting errors to login their Website Dashboard. When they try to log in to their Dashboard, it redirects them to the homepage or a critical error message.

I am going to show you the possible fixes for this issue and also you will learn how to set any custom URL when someone tries to login via URL. Before doing this if have to change your WordPress login URL too.

Before we dive into the technical aspects, let’s grasp why hiding the WP-Admin URL is important. Your WP-Admin page is where you manage your website’s content, settings, and plugins. If malicious users find their way to this gate, they can wreak havoc on your site. By redirecting it discreetly, you add an extra layer of protection.

Also, I just wanted to notify you that You must check the URL Redirection module by WP Adminify too. It’s not necessary if you plan to change the Login URL and redirect wp-admin to the homepage by the following code.

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    Understanding the WP-Admin Redirects Issue

    You log into your WordPress dashboard, ready to make updates, only to find yourself mysteriously redirected to the homepage. Frustrating, right? This issue can arise due to various reasons, such as plugin conflicts, theme issues, or problems with the .htaccess file. It’s essential to troubleshoot methodically to pinpoint the root cause and find a fitting solution.

    Enable Debug using wp-config.php

    By inserting the provided code into your wp-config.php file, a comprehensive log capturing errors, notices, and warnings will be created within the wp-content directory. You will see a debug.log file and can check the error that is occurring redirect issue.
    					// Enable WP_DEBUG mode
    define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );
    // Enable Debug logging to the /wp-content/debug.log file
    define( 'WP_DEBUG_LOG', true );
    // Disable display of errors and warnings
    define( 'WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY', false );
    @ini_set( 'display_errors', 0 );
    // Use dev versions of core JS and CSS files (only needed if you are modifying these core files)
    define( 'SCRIPT_DEBUG', true );

    Note: If you are a technical person then you will understand how to get the exact issue from the debug file. If you are not a tech guy please follow the following steps. You don’t have to enable debug to work with the following steps.

    Check Plugin

    Start by deactivating all your plugins. If the issue is resolved, reactivate them one by one to identify the culprit. This will help you determine if a particular plugin is causing the redirect.

    To deactivate all plugins at once. Just login to your FTP or Cpanel then rename your plugins folder to anything like “plugins-old” and then create another folder called “plugins”. Now try to log in to your WordPress Dashboard.

    Deactivate all plugins at once

    Theme Inspection

    Temporarily switch to a default WordPress theme, such as Twenty Twenty-One. If the problem disappears, it might be related to your theme. Check for theme updates or contact the theme developer for assistance.

    twenty twenty one WordPress Theme

    .htaccess Examination

    Your .htaccess file could be misconfigured, leading to the redirect problem. Access the file through your hosting provider or FTP client and ensure it’s set up correctly. You can find a default .htaccess code on the WordPress Codex for reference.

    Here, I’m mentioning the Basic WordPress .htaccess file structure. But if you are running multisite, then you must check the reference URL mentioned above.

    					# BEGIN WordPress
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    # END WordPress

    WordPress URL Settings

    If still no luck. Then it’s time to log in to your Website MySQL Database. Here you’ve to Double-check your WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) settings.

    Sometimes while experimenting, you may mistype the WordPress Address (URL) and site Address (URL) in the general settings and click on the “Save Changes” button. As you are unable to login Dashboard you can’t fix it from Dashboard.

    If you have logged into your MySQL Database then Click on "wp_options" > "Select data" > now check the "siteurl" and "home" options name properly. Make sure it’s match with your actual website address. If it’s not then just click on “edit” and change.

    Cookie and Cache Cleanup

    Sometimes, the issue may stem from corrupted cookies or cached data. Clear your browser cookies and cache to rule out this possibility. Also, you can try to login your hosting and clean your server cache too (it’s not necessary, but you can try).

    [Note: Make sure to select only the “Cookies and Other site data” option properly. If you select all options then it will delete your history, saved password, logged-in google account, and everything from your browser. Maybe, it will remove all saved passwords from your google Account too.”]

    I hope everything is okay with your website and now you want to create a new private WordPress Dashboard login URL plus want’s to redirect all visitors to homepage or any other custom page who tries to log in to your Website Dashboard by 

    Why WP-Admin Redirects to Homepage?

    It’s reported that a substantial number of malicious users often try to access the login page of random WordPress websites via the wp-admin page. They sometimes get unimpeded access to the admin page if the websites don’t have very strong passwords. Some identified users may also show suspicious behavior by attempting to log in to the websites frequently.

    Once these things happen, the websites require immediate protection and prevention. Also, I would like to mention the following 3 key points that help you to consider WP-Admin redirects to homepage. 

    • Prevent Unauthorized Access: By concealing the login URL, you can significantly reduce the risk of brute force attacks and unauthorized login attempts.
    • Enhance User Experience: A more secure login process instills trust in your website visitors and users, leading to a better overall experience.
    • Protect Sensitive Data: WordPress websites often contain sensitive information. Securing your login page helps protect this data from potential threats.

    That’s why it’s important to redirect users to the homepage from the admin page. And it’s feasible if you reach out to the cutting-edge WP Adminify plugin. It will not only maximize the user experience but also give you the freedom to run your site as per your desires. 

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    How to Hide the Login URL?

    In this article, I will show you two distinct methods to redirect the WordPress admin dashboard (wp-admin) to your website’s homepage or any custom page.

    The first way is straightforward and involves the use of a WP Adminify plugin. Alternatively, you can achieve this redirection by implementing a custom code solution. I will provide a step-by-step explanation for the code-based redirection, ensuring that it is accessible for users of all skill levels.

    However, if you find the coding method challenging, you are welcome to utilize the WP Adminify plugin as a simpler alternative.

    WP Admin Redirects to Homepage using Adminify

    After installation and activation of the WP Adminify plugin, make sure to check the modules manager from the plugin settings panel. Ensure that the “Redirect URLs” module is enabled there.

    Otherwise, you can’t set your homepage or any custom page for WP-Admin redirects. 

    Enable Redirect URL module

    Once it’s enabled and saved, you can reload the page and search for the module in the left bar of the dashboard under the “WP Adminify” option.

    Redirect URL option in Admin menu

    As soon as you tap on the module name, a Login URL page combined with the “New Login URL” and “Redirect Admin” fields will be presented to you. At this time, you need to fill out both fields with appropriate data.

    You must input a unique login URL and remember this to login again. This will be your new unique login URL. Make sure to note down this link somewhere so that you don’t forget and share it with your co-worker. 

    Then inside the Redirect Admin option, just input your homepage slug, or any custom page, even a 404 page (If you like to redirect wp-admin to 404 page).

    redirect default wp-admin to homepage

    How to get the Homepage Slug?

    If you can’t remember your homepage slug. Then, you need to set “Your Latest Post” from settings> Reading> Your homepage display. Without doing this, you can’t check the exact slug of your website homepage. 

    Just navigate to pages> all page. Now search for your that page which is your homepage. Now Quick edit your homepage and you will get your page slug here. Take a look at the following screenshot. 

    get your homepage slug

    Also, make sure you have set your homepage properly from Settings> Reading option.

    set your hoempage
    Finally, click on the Save button and check for the instant changes. If everything goes well, users who are willing to visit the admin page of your site will be driven directly to the homepage.

    wp-admin Redirects to Homepage using Function.php

    There are only 3 steps you should follow carefully.

    1. Access your WordPress site’s files, either through FTP or your hosting control panel. (Highly recommended to use FTP or Cpanel instead of default WordPress Admin code editor)
    2. Locate the functions.php file in your active theme’s directory (usually in /wp-content/themes/your-theme-name/).
    3. Open the functions.php file using a code editor (Visual Studio, Sublime) and add the following code at the end.
    					function wp_adminify_custom_login_redirect() {
        if (strpos($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'], 'wp-admin') !== false && !is_user_logged_in()) {
    add_action('init', 'wp_adminify_custom_login_redirect');

    Save the changes and this is the last step. 

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    Testing the Redirection

    After implementing either the code-based or plugin-based redirection, it’s essential to test it. Attempt to access your WP-Admin page to ensure that it redirects to the homepage. If it works as expected, congratulations, you’ve taken a significant step towards securing your website.

    redirect to custom 404 page for WordPress default Login URL

    Final Words

    In a world where online security is paramount, concealing your WP-Admin URL is a proactive step. Whether you opt for code-based redirection or plugins, the goal remains the same – safeguarding your fortress from potential intruders. Choose the method that aligns with your technical expertise, and take the necessary steps to protect your WordPress site.

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