How to Log into the Dashboard on WordPress.com

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

The direct approach (also known as jumping in) generally works best when you want to get familiar with a new software tool, WordPress included. To that end, just follow these steps to log in to WordPress and take a look at the guts of the Dashboard:

  1. Open your web browser and type the WordPress login-page address (or URL) in the address box.

    The login-page address looks something like this:

    http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php

    If you installed WordPress in its own folder, include that folder name in the login URL. If you installed WordPress in a folder ingeniously named /wordpress, the login URL becomes

    http://www.yourdomain.com/wordpress/wp-login.php

  2. Type your username in the Username text box and your password in the Password text box.

    In case you forget your password, WordPress has you covered. Click the Lost Your Password? link (located near the bottom of the page), enter your username or e-mail address, and then click the Get New Password button. WordPress resets your password and e-mails the new password to you.

    After you request a password, you receive an e-mail from your WordPress blog. The e-mail contains a link that you need to click to reset your password.

  3. Select the Remember Me check box if you want WordPress to place a cookie in your browser.

    The cookie tells WordPress to remember your login credentials the next time you show up. The cookie set by WordPress is harmless and stores your WordPress login on your computer. Because of the cookie, WordPress remembers you the next time you visit. Also, because this option tells the browser to remember your login, don’t check this option on public computers.

    Note: Before you set this option, make sure that your browser is configured to allow cookies. (If you aren’t sure how to do this, check the help documentation of the Internet browser you’re using.)

  4. Click the Log In button.

After you log in to WordPress, you see the Dashboard page.