How To Override WordPress Theme Login Page

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WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems out there, and as a web developer, I’ve had my fair share of experience customizing WordPress themes. One of the common customization requests that I come across is the need to override the default login page of a WordPress theme. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of how to override the WordPress theme login page, and I’ll also share some personal tips and insights along the way.

Understanding the Default WordPress Theme Login Page

Before we dive into overriding the login page, let’s first understand how the default WordPress theme login page works. When you navigate to the login page of a WordPress website, it typically looks something like this:

On this page, you’ll notice the familiar WordPress logo, a username and password input field, and the “Log In” button. This default login page is functional, but it may not match the design and branding of your website. By overriding the login page, you can create a custom login experience for your users that aligns with your website’s aesthetics and user experience.

Creating a Custom WordPress Theme Login Page

To create a custom WordPress theme login page, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new PHP file in your theme directory, for example, login-custom.php.
  2. Open the newly created file in a text editor and add the following code:

* Template Name: Custom Login

<?php get_header(); ?>

<?php get_footer(); ?>

In the above code, we’re using the Template Name comment to define our custom login page template. This will allow us to select this template from the WordPress admin dashboard later on.

Next, you can start designing and styling your custom login page using HTML and CSS just like you would with any other web page. Feel free to add your own personal touches and branding to make it unique to your website.

Assigning the Custom Login Template

Once you’ve created your custom login template, you need to assign it to the login page in WordPress. Here’s how:

  1. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Pages > Add New to create a new page.
  3. Give your page a title, for example, “Custom Login.”
  4. In the right-hand side panel, under the “Page Attributes” section, look for a dropdown labeled “Template.”
  5. Select your custom login page template from the dropdown.
  6. Publish the page.

Once you’ve published the page with your custom login template, you can navigate to the new login page using the following URL:

Replace “” with your own domain name and “custom-login” with the slug of the new page you created.


By following the steps outlined in this article, you now know how to override the default WordPress theme login page. Creating a custom login page allows you to provide a personalized and branded experience for your users, enhancing the overall user experience of your website. Remember to experiment with different designs and styles to create a login page that aligns with your website’s aesthetics.

Have fun customizing your login page, and happy WordPress theming!