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How to log into your WordPress Admin Dashboard

  • Applies to: Grid
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: WordPress Credentials
  • Applies to: Legacy DV & VPS Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: WordPress Credentials, Plesk admin access
  • Applies to: VPS Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: WordPress Credentials, Plesk admin access
  • Applies to: Premium WP / Managed WP Pro, Personal, Elite
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: WordPress Credentials, Account Center access
  • Applies to: Managed WordPress
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: WordPress Credentials, Account Center access

Overview

At times, you may wish to create posts, install plugins, or complete other "backend" functions on your WordPress site. These are typically done within your WordPress  Dashboard. This article guide will provide information on how to locate and log into the WordPress Dashboard.

If you already know how to view the WordPress login screen, but wish to know how to update a WordPress administrative password, feel free to review our the link below:

Instructions

URL

A quick method is to open a web browser and navigate to:
example.com/wp-admin or example.com/wp-login.
(replacing example.com with your domain name)

  1. The login screen should look similar to the following:
    dashboard-login.png
  2. Input your WordPress username/password.
    (keep in mind these are different from your (mt) Media Temple Account Center login, or your email login credentials).
  3. Once logged in, the Dashboard should appear similar to the following:
    dash-2.png

Note:
If the default URLs (example.com/wp-admin or example.com/wp-login) do not work, it's possible there are security applications or other customization added to the WordPress site to make the dashboard only accessible under certain conditions. In this case, it would be best to contact the developer who created your WordPress site to see if they can provide you with WordPress Dashboard access.

Plesk

If you've installed WordPress using the "Plesk 1-click installer" you will have the option to warp  into WordPress without needing to manually input your WordPress username/password.

  1. Log into your Plesk control panel
  2. You will know if you've installed WordPress through the 1-click installer, as a WordPress icon should appear under your domain name.
  3. Click on Login.
    plesk-1.png
  4. You should be automatically warped into your Dashboard without needing to input your username/password.

Account Center

The Managed WordPress servers allow you to warp into your WordPress Dashboard without requiring you to manually enter your username/password.

  1. Log into your Media Temple Account.
  2. Locate your desired site. Click the three dot icon and select WP Admin.
    mwp-wpadmin.png
  3. That's it! You should be warped into your WordPress admin dashboard.
  1. Log into your (mt) Media Temple Account Center.
  2. Click on the blue Admin button next to your WordPress Server.
    ac-1.png
  3. Move your cursor over the site slot that you wish to edit. Then click on Manage Site.
    ac-2.png
  4. Click on the blue WP-ADMIN button.
    ac-1.png
  5. You should then be automatically warped into the WordPress Dashboard.

Note:
If the wp-admin button does not work, it's possible that there are security applications or other customization added to the WordPress site to make the dashboard only accessible under certain conditions. In this case, it would be best to contact the developer who created your WordPress site to see if they can provide you with WordPress Dashboard access. You may also feel free to contact (mt) Media Temple Support for general troubleshooting assistance.

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