How to Rewrite htaccess for a Better WordPress Login URL

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Are you looking for a way to change your login URL and make it look better? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to rewrite .htaccess for a better WordPress login URL.


All you have to do is add this code to your .htaccess file:

RewriteRule ^login$ http://website.com/wp-login.php [NC,L]

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Ellis Benus Columbia, MO Web Developer August 19, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I’m attempting to use the below:

    RewriteRule ^login/(.*)$ wp-login.php/$1 [QSA,L]

    Neither this nor the one provided in the article are working. Any suggestions?

    1. You may want to reach out to your host and ask why it’s not working.

  2. TourKick, Clifford P July 25, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I didn’t test it myself, but how would the function work with define(‘FORCE_SSL_LOGIN’, true); (i.e. with HTTPS)?

    1. should not affect anything, but keep a backup of your htaccess and test things out to make sure.

  3. my website url redirect not working any help

    1.  If you have issue with htaccss you can use this plugin to do the same.

  4. Didn’t work for me. Did I need to put it before or inside the #begin WordPress comment tags?

    1. Hi Jerry, if you have problems getting this running you can try this plugin to do the same.  http://planetozh.com/blog/2011/01/pretty-login-url-a-simple-rewrite-api-plugin-example/

  5. nice one…

    1. Cool glad you like it.

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  8. I couldnt get this to work in the way you describe, it will redirect…


    But not…


    Notice the trailing slash. After a bit of fiddling I found that adding ?/? to the rule would allow for an optional slash…

    RewriteRule ^login?/?$ http://website.com/wp-login.php [NC,L]

    Im not mod_rewite expert, but this does seem to work as expected now. Hopefully you’ll find this helpful 🙂

    1. Hi Dale, are you sure you have everything correct? because to do a redirect we would need to be using a R flag for redirect. If you are having problems ozh has a wordpress plugin that should help.


      1. Not sure if I meant redirect, I think I should have said “rewrite”. My point was that to be consistent with the way WordPress rewrites its permalinks, when I tried your example I thought it should also allow for an optional trailing slash.

        In fact, unfortunately my example above is slightly incorrect, according to the mod_rewrite docs at apache.org…


        … we can use the quantifier “?” (0 or 1 occurrences of the preceding text) to allow for an optional slash. See the following example…

        RewriteRule ^login/?$ http://website.com/wp-login.php [NC,L]

        Thanks for the link by the way. The Ozh plugin does actually use the same rule given in my example, wish I had read their page before posting my first comment!

        Thanks Kevin, yoru site is a goldmine 🙂

      2. No problem Dale glad you got things sorted out. Goldmine! That is nice to hear, glad you enjoy the site.

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  10. Nice one Kevin!

    1. Thanks Christopher, glad you liked it.

      1. Derek Herman May 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        Just use:

        RewriteRule ^login/?$ /wp-login.php [NC,L]

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