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How to solve the WordPress login redirect problem

Regardless of the WordPress version you have installed for your website, login problems can always occur. One of the most common problems is the so-called WordPress login redirect problem. The WordPress user has difficulties logging into the WordPress backend and is redirected to the login page. In contrast to other login problems in which WordPress displays a clear error message that helps solve the problem, no error messages are displayed in the case of login redirect problems. In this article we will show you how you can still solve the login problem and log back into the WordPress backend.

You are on your WordPress login page, enter the correct username and password as usual, but WordPress redirects you back to the login page after clicking on “Login”? Sometimes a new attempt to log in is sufficient and you are logged in again. If this does not work, you are trapped in the login redirect. No matter how often you try it, the login just won't succeed.

For exactly these cases we have put together the best tips with which you will be able to solve the login redirect problem.

Delete cookies

WordPress uses so-called "Cookies ” to authenticate the login. The first and easiest step should therefore be to clear the browser cookies and the cache. To do this, simply navigate to the settings of your browser and select “Clear browsing data” under “Additional tools”. Here you can then tick the boxes under “Cookies and other website and plug-in data” and “Images and files in the cache”. Select the desired period, ideally “Entire period”, and click on “Clear browsing data”. You can find detailed instructions for Chrome and other popular browsers here.

What are cookies?Cookies are files created by websites you visit and saved in your browser. This ensures that the pages load faster. If you empty the cache of the browser and delete the cookies, these settings will be deleted.

Recreate the .htaccess file

A possible cause of the problem could be a bug in the .htaccess Be file. If you have not made any manual file entries here, the problem can be solved very quickly.

What is a .htaccess file? The .htaccess file is a configuration file that makes directory-specific settings on the server. This means that it provides certain folders and directories with certain settings. When the server accesses a file or directory, the file is read and evaluated.

First you log into your FTP server and rename the .htaccess file (e.g. in oldhtaccess) or delete them. The file will no longer be read and you can now test whether you can log in. If you were able to log in again, WordPress should create a new .htaccess file. Navigate toSettings> Permalinksand click on “Apply changes”.

Refresh the page url

If creating the .htaccess file again did not solve the problem, you have the option of redefining the page URL. To do this, log into your FTP server again and edit thewp-config.php File. Depending on your FTP client, you can do this directly or you download the wp-config.php file and open it in an editor. In the next step you add the following two lines of code:

define ('WP_HOME', 'http: //'); define ('WP_SITEURL', 'http: //');

It doesn't matter where you add the lines. Just make sure you get the replaced by your own website URL. Save and, if you have made the changes in the editor, upload them to the FTP server.

Deactivate all WordPress plugins

Sometimes WordPress plugins can also prevent you from logging into the WordPress backend. This can especially happen if two plugins interfere with each other. To test this you should deactivate all plugins. To do this, log into your FTP server and change the directory path that leads to the plugins. E.g .:

/ wp-content / plugins


/ wp-content / plugins_backup

So all plugins that have been installed on your site can no longer be called. Now try again to log in to your WordPress site. If this succeeds, one of the plugins is causing the problem. In this case you should try to activate a plugin one after the other to find out which one is not compatible.


If none of the above options work, we will be happy to help and create an error analysis for you in the shortest possible time and fix the problem for you. Simply send an email to [email protected] We look forward to your message 🙂

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