Change WordPress admin URL with HC Custom WP-Admin URL
These days it's very common for WordPress brute force attacks to take place against your WordPress admin dashboard. This is because WordPress is very popular, and uses /wp-admin and wp-login.php to handle your admin login attempts by default.
Using the HC Custom WP-Admin URL plugin you can very easily hide these default WordPress admin login URLs, and instead create a custom address that only you will know about.
If you think your WordPress site is under attack you can always review WordPress login attempts, and if you see any malicious attempts you can block unwanted users with .htaccess to prevent further access.
Install and setup HC Custom WP-Admin URL plugin
The HC Custom WP-Admin URL plugin works by simply adding a rule to your WordPress .htaccess file to redirect requests using the custom URL you've configured.
Following the steps below you should have the plugin configured to provide extra security for your WordPress site in just a few minutes.
- Login to WordPress admin dashboard.
Hover over Plugins, then click on Add New
Fill out HC Custom WP-Admin and click Search Plugins
Click on Install Now beside HC Custom WP-Admin URL
Click OK on the plugin install confirmation pop-up
After the plugin installs, click on Activate Plugin
Hover over Settings and click on Permalinks
The HC Custom WP-Admin URL plugin adds a new section at the bottom of your Permalinks for WP-ADMIN slug.
Fill in this field with the URL you'd like to have your WordPress admin dashboard accessed from, in this case I've simply used secret and then clicked on Save Changes
At the top-right, hover over Howdy, User and click on Log Out
Now if you try to access your WordPress admin dashboard with the default /wp-admin or wp-login.php URLs, you'll simply see your WordPress front page instead of the dashboard.
If we instead use the new WP-ADMIN slug that we setup of secret we are then presented with the normal WordPress admin login form.
After you successfully login using the WP-ADMIN slug that you setup, you'll be presented with your normal WordPress admin dashboard again.
You should now have successfully added an extra level of security to your WordPress site that should help prevent malicious users from gaining access to your website.
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