You have bought your domain and hosting. You have installed WordPress. Now you’re asking yourself, ‘how do I log in to my WordPress site to start my blog?’ After the WordPress install is completed, you will see your login details. You will also receive the details forwarded to the email address you gave before the install started. Another option is to type ‘ /wp-admin/ ‘ at the end of your website address to go to the WordPress login page.
If you are new to WordPress it is easy to miss the details you need to log in and start your WordPress site.
I will install WordPress on one of my domains and then show you how to log in. If you just want to read about logging in, use the content links to skip the installing section.
I show you how to login to your WordPress blog.
- Before we start.
- Installing WordPress from your Cpanel.
- Install WordPress.
- Your WordPress site login details.
- Bookmark your site and WordPress URLs.
- How do I login if I have lost my login details?
- Video tutorial.
Before we start
The walkthrough I am going to give is for WordPress.org not WordPress.com. WordPress.org is when you buy the domain and hosting yourself.
WordPress.com hosts the blog for you. If you want full control for your blog, always go for self hosting, WordPress.org.
To get WordPress.org, you buy your domain name and your hosting package. Once you have your hosting package you will have access to a ‘Cpanel’. This Cpanel gives you access to the files and databases of your website.
You can install WordPress.org from your Cpanel.
Installing WordPress from your Cpanel
I have just created a sub-domain on Newblogr.com. I will install WordPress on that sub-domain and then I will show you how to log in.
My hosting is with Webhostface so my Cpanel will be theirs. Most hosting companies have similar Cpanels.
First, log in to your Cpanel.
Once you log in you come to your Cpanel dashboard.
From the main dashboard we need to look for the ‘Software’ section. I can’t see it at the top so I will start typing ‘Software’ into the search bar at the top. You can also scroll down the page.
In my search results I have found ‘Softaculous Apps installer’. This is what I need to install WordPress.
Also in my search results I have a list of applications that I can install with Softaculous, one of which is WordPress. So I am going to click on ‘WordPress’ to start my install.
To start my WordPress install, I click on the blue ‘Install Now’ link on the right.
My current installations are listed at the bottom.
After I click on ‘Install Now’ I get this.
The top option asks you what version of WordPress you want to install. Keep this as the default, it will be the latest version.
HTTP or HTTPS
The next box is for you to select HTTP or HTTPS. If you have an SSL certificate then you should select HTTPS, if not then select HTTP.
You should always try to get an SSL certificate for your site. It makes it secure. This is very important for SEO rankings now.
Check with your hosting company. Many are offering free SSL certificates now.
The nest box is to choose the domain you want to install WordPress on.
I created a new sub-domain. I will choose that.
The next option is ‘In Directory’. I would advise you to leave this blank. It will make logging in easier. Adding anything here will create a directory for your WordPress install, you do not need an extra directory.
The next option is ‘Site Settings’. This is for the name of your new blog and a short description of the blog.
Next, we have the ‘Admin Account’ settings. These are the details you set to log in to your WordPress admin. Be careful here, don’t go for anything too easy. You do not want anyone guessing your username and password.
Make sure the admin email is an email address you check frequently.
Next option is for your language preference.
Next, an option to install plugins. I leave this blank. I choose my plugins after I have finished installation.
Leave these settings as the default.
Finally, we can choose a theme from the listed themes. If you don’t like any of them, you do not have to choose them. A default theme will be installed. You can always change your theme after installation.
Click on install
When you are sure you have entered all your details correctly. Click on the blue ‘Install’ link at the bottom.
Your WordPress site login details
After you click install there will be a short delay while WordPress is being installed on your site.
The second the installation is complete, your login details will appear. They will also be sent to the email address you entered before you clicked on install.
The login details page looks like this.
You will see confirmation of your installation. Below that, you have the URL of your website plus the URL of your WordPress site admin.
The email you receive will have the same details. The email will also have the details of your username and databases. This is an important email. Do not delete it. Save it to a folder in case you need to come back to it another time.
Bookmark your site and WordPress URLs
After I finish each install, I open each link in a new tab and bookmark them both.
This is my site URL. As soon as I open it, I bookmark it.
This is my WordPress site login page. Your administrative URL. As soon as I open it, I bookmark it.
The login details are the details you completed before you installed WordPress. You chose a username and password. Enter those details here. Then you are ready to start your blog.
How do I login if I have lost my login details?
If you have lost your details, don’t worry. You can do this to log in to your WordPress site.
First, go to your new website URL.
In the address bar, you can see ‘example.newblogr.com’. At the end of that add this ‘/wp-admin/’
The address bar should have this now.
Just click on enter and you will go to your WordPress site login.
On some WordPress installations. You need to add ‘/wp-login/’ or ‘/wp-login.php/’ to the end of your website address.
If you have tried all three options and still can’t find your WordPress site login. I suggest you contact your host company support. They can be contacted via your Cpanel.
Your WordPress site could be in a sub-directory. That means you need to add the sub-directory name to the end of your website address before you add ‘/wp-login/’.
Your hosting company support will look at your website files for you. They can tell you where your WordPress site is.
Here is a video tutorial from Flothemes. He gives a quick tutorial on how to log in to your WordPress site.
It is very common for people who have never used WordPress before to have problems logging in for the first time.
Look at my step by step walkthrough above and you will see how to complete the process of installing WordPress and where to find your login details.
If you do forget to bookmark your pages, don’t worry, you only need to add a few letters to the end of your website address.
If that doesn’t work, your hosting company support will be more than happy to help you.
Take your time when filling in the details before WordPress installation, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Once you see your website address and your WordPress login address, bookmark them straight away. Then they are just one click away.
Once you start you WordPress site don’t forget to create a domain email address for when you promote your blog posts. To find out you can do that, check out my post, ‘How to create an email address with your own domain.’
Have you ever had any problems login in to your WordPress site?
Did my walkthrough help you?
What do you do when you can’t login to your WordPress site?
I look forward to reading your comments.