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Hiding your WordPress login URL is an excellent way to vastly increase security of your site, especially from brute force attacks. In this article, we will show you how to effectively and easily change your WordPress admin URL with just a few clicks.

  1. First, log into your WordPress admin dashboard.

  2. This article assumes that you aleady have iThemes Security installed and activated. If you do not, you may follow our article on installing iThemes Security.

  3. Within your WordPress admin, hover over Security on the left side menu, and click on Secttings.

  4. From here, scroll down to the section labeled Hide Login Area.

  5. To enable hiding of your WordPress admin, check the box labeled Hide Backend.

  6. After enabling the checkbox in the previous step, additional options will appear. In the Login Slug field, enter your new login location.

  7. There are various other options available here, but the defaults should be fine for the majority of sites. If you experience issues, you may need to change the Enable Theme Compatibility or Theme Compatibility Slug options. These options will not be covered here as the reasoning for changing them can greatly vary.

  8. Once your changes have been made, click Save All Changes.

Now that you have hidden your login URL with iThemes Security, your site login URL will be harder to locate, and thus make it more secure from brute force attacks. Note: Be sure to remember what you set in the Login Slug field as without it, you will not be able to log into your WordPress admin dashboard.

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n/a Points
2019-02-05 5:55 am
Wrong guidance. There isn't any Hide Login Area.
11,000 Points
2019-02-05 10:09 am
Thanks for your comment. This article is a little out of date. The section itself is now called "Hide Backend". And from there, you can enable the Hide Backend feature.
n/a Points
2017-08-21 4:17 am



I have tried to hide my admin url. Now on that hidden url I am getting 500(internal server error) due to missconfiguration but I really dont know what is going wrong in config)

Would you please help me?

13,821 Points
2017-08-21 8:25 am
We need more information like what is your domain name. 500 errors are general in nature, and really just means the server doesn't know what to do. Can you provide us the domain name?
n/a Points
2016-12-05 10:51 am

ok, solved: it seems that itsec plugin has not written anything in my htaccess file...

with manual edit the old address is now correctly unreachable.

n/a Points
2016-12-05 10:35 am

Hi, I've a strange issue.

My changed login slut is, for example, /fabio, where fabio is also my nickname for the admin account.

Now, because of some brute force attacks, I decided to change /fabio in, for example /fabionew. So I saved correctly.

Now I see the login mask in ..../fabio AND in ..../fabionew

Why? I don't want /fabio can I hide the old slug?

n/a Points
2016-09-29 6:46 am

Hi, thanks for the article. Does my .htaccess file need to have a certain CHMOD value for it to be able to work? It's currently set to 644. Is that enough permission for iThemes to write to it?

13,821 Points
2016-09-29 6:52 am
That should be fine for iThemes to write to it.
n/a Points
2016-10-04 10:17 am

Thanks. I used the setting "hide backend" and haven't had any issues so far.

n/a Points
2016-09-14 2:33 pm

please i cant find login area in the settings. new features added. please help me out.

42,829 Points
2016-09-14 4:46 pm
Hello Adeola,

iThemes Security is a third party plugin that my have updated and changed from the version that is being listed in this article. Our apologies if there is any confusion. Please reference the iThemes Security documentation for specific directions if you are unable to use the directions above for your current installation.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-05-20 1:56 pm

"Step 6. After enabling the checkbox in the previous step, additional options will appear. In the Login Slugfield, enter your new login location."    How does one know where to locate the new login?

10,077 Points
2016-05-20 3:14 pm
Hello Gwen,

What ever you change the slug to would be your new login page such as in the example it would be

Best Regards,
TJ Edens

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