How to Log In to a WordPress Website

I’ve logged into my WordPress website a few times over the past few years, and there are a couple of things I always do after logging in. I’ll walk you through each one step-by-step.

Change My Login Name

If you’ve been using my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve used a variety of different logins over the years. Some were short and sweet, like jasonscott, and some were longer, like jasonscott2005. It was always a pain to keep changing my password every few months, so I started using myslogin jasonscott2005 for my WordPress websites and my personal blog. Now, whenever I log into one of my WordPress websites, I automatically enter the credentials for myslogin jasonscott2005 and am presented with my dashboard.

If you’ve been following along, then you’ll know that myslogin jasonscott2005 is no longer available, so I needed a new login name. Luckily, I had already created a blog post with the username jasonscott —I just needed to go in and edit it.

Redirect To The Home Page

When you log into your WordPress website, you’re usually presented with a dashboard similar to the one in the example below. The very first thing I do when I log into one of my WordPress sites is hit the redirection button (found at the top right corner of the screen) and set it to redirect to the home page.

This is a common first step for many WordPress users, and it makes sense: when you log into a brand new WordPress site, you’re usually greeted with a white screen with links to the dashboard and the WordPress blog.

After I’ve done this, I’ll often go to my WordPress dashboard and click on my profile to view my activity. From there, I can see a summary of all my blog posts and other content I’ve published. At the bottom of the dashboard, I’ll usually find three links:

  • Blog
  • Posts
  • Settings

If you click on either of the first two, you’ll be redirected to a page of all my blog posts. If you click on the last one, you’ll be brought to the WordPress settings page where you can edit various aspects of your WordPress site.

Activate My Notices For This Site

It’s a common question: when you log into a WordPress website, do you see messages at the top of the screen? Depending on the theme you’re using, you might or might not. If you do, you can click on the link in the upper-right corner of the screen to open up a drop-down menu and then click on the one that says Activity Feed. When you’re on this screen, you can see a list of all the recent activity on this site, including new blog posts, membership sign-ups, etc.

If you’re not seeing messages at the top of the screen, then it’s probably not activated yet. You can navigate to the Settings page and click on the general settings tab to activate these notifications for this site. Doing this will bring you to a screen where you can choose to have activity notifications displayed on the dashboard or on a separate blog page.