A custom login page in WordPress is one of the most effective ways to building your brand. If you want your business to success, you’re going to have to work on a brand value. If you’re looking for a good read, check out Forbes’ article on the importance of building a brand. Now let’s consider some examples in the WordPress industry.
- StudioPress is associated with the name “Genesis” or “Genesis Framework”. Everyone knows what StudioPress represents – home to the industry leading Genesis Framework for WordPress. Beautiful, rock-solid themes with turn-key design coupled with relentless support.
- When you Google “best free WordPress themes”, you’ll find that WPExplorer is at the top.
All this certainly did not happen in a day. It took years of hard work to get where these companies and sites are today. Nonetheless, branding had to do a lot with it.
The login page for WordPress usually looks the same on every site. Most sites will just use the unaltered wp-login.php script which has the same design. A custom login page is the first step in branding your WordPress site.
Many WordPress users might spend $50 on their themes coupled with 100s of hours of work, but only a few of them take the time to give their login page a unique look (unless you’re one of the lucky folks who purchased Total – which includes custom login page options to create your own unique page like the one in the featured image for this post). You can modify the wp-login.php script, but that requires coding skills and a substantial amount of you time. Unless, of course, you’re a rock solid developer like AJ. 😉 To that effect, we’ve listed some of the best WordPress plugins that will help you build a kickass login page – within minutes.
1. Tailored Login Premium WordPress Plugin
Tailored Login helps you to easily create a customized WordPress login page. It comes loaded with a Style Manager using which you can upload a custom background image and style various aspects of the login form. You can also add a header image from your WordPress Media Library. Tailored Login creates two widget areas in your WordPress login page, where you can place default or custom widgets. Tailored Login is available in the iThemes Plugin Suite.
2. Custom Login Theme Page Premium WordPress Plugin
Developed by azzaroco, this plugin comes with its own set of custom login page templates! Yes that’s right. Besides being fully responsive and stunning animation effects, you can jump start your design with a set of pre-built templates. The plugin is compatible with WordPress Multisite, WooCommerce and BuddyPress.
3. Custom Login & Access Premium WordPress Plugin
Designed by Elite Themeforest author PressApps, this plugin does more than just a custom login page. Math questions forma basic anti-spam module. You can block specific pages, posts, post types and taxonomies like categories and tags for non-logged-in users.
This plugin breaks components into modules – the Login, Register and Forgot Password forms (modules) can be placed on the same page. Although not recommended, it’s certainly nice to know that you can! You can also restrict WordPress dashboard access for Subscribers and redirect users on login and logout.
4. Pathway Premium WordPress Plugin
Pathway is the best-selling premium custom WordPress login page plugin in Themeforest with over 500 sales at the time of writing this article. Features include customizing the CSS of the login form and background with hover effects. You can include a custom logo and copyright text using this plugin. It comes with unlimited design options so you can play around till you get your perfect design.
5. Branded Login Screen Free WordPress Plugin
Branded Login Screen is a free WordPress custom login page plugin which comes with full-screen and responsive background image support, custom logo upload and a lot of other customization options. You can place the actual login form in the left, right or centre of the page, in a total of six positions.
6. BM Custom Login Free WordPress Plugin
Developed by Binary Moon, BM Custom Login is a pretty old yet simple, efficient and easy-to-setup custom login page plugin for WordPress. The developer maintains a Flickr group where the plugin users share creative login pages built using this plugin (amongst other things).
7. A5 Custom Login Page Free WordPress Plugin
A well-known custom login page plugin for WordPress, A5 Custom Login lets you add a custom logo, change the background colour, and other CSS effects of the login form. It is a bare-bone simple plugin, but gets the job done.
8. WP Custom Login Free WordPress Plugin
This is a dead-simple plugin. All it does is add your blog’s header and footer script to the login page. This is meant for users who expect very little (or just this one) function from the plugin. Nonetheless, including the header and footer improves your site’s internal linking which is good for SEO.
9. Custom Login CSS Free WordPress Plugin
This plugin has almost the exact functionality as WP Custom Login – i.e. it links your header and footer.php to the login page along with integrating the custom CSS code. You can choose either of these two plugins.
10. Sexy Login Free WordPress Plugin
This plugin takes your boring login page and transforms it into an AJAX and jQuery powered login/registration disco. Features include SSL support, reCAPTCHA verification, control forgotten password requests, hide user avatar, custom redirect links, and more. Plus, the login form generated by this plugin is fully responsive!
11. Memphis Custom Login Free WordPress Plugin
This plugin comes with the usual package – custom CSS options, background customization, custom logo etc. Its unique selling point is its in-built SSL support, Google Analytics integration and the ability to password protect your blog.
12. White Label Branding Premium WordPress Plugin
We’ve talked about this plugin before, and for good reason. White Label Branding is a powerful and easy way for you (or your clients) to customize the look of your admin and login pages. Plus the plugin comes with exclusive color skins and login templates that you can download using your license key, so you’ll have no trouble setting up your custom login screen fast.
13. My WordPress Login Logo Free WordPress Plugin
This is the simplest custom login page plugin in the WordPress repository. It simply adds a custom logo to your WordPress login page. You can also add custom messages and fade-in effects to your login page.
14. Erident Custom Login and Dashboard Free WordPress Plugin
This plugin comes packed with customization features that are sufficient to design your brand’s login page. The usual options include CSS options to change the background, upload a custom logo and design the form. Two unique features include the jQuery Colour Picker, changing footer text on the admin dashboard.
15. Social Login Free WordPress Plugin
This is one of my favourite plugins. It adds the option to register in your WordPress site via 25+ social networks including LinkedIn, GitHub, PayPal, YouTube and Reddit. It places the login option on the registration page, the login page and in every comment form. Coupled with your company logo, this plugin packs a serious punch to your online branding efforts.
Building a custom login page, white-labeling the admin dashboard and customizing the 404 error pages – are all part of building your brand. Social media engagement and email marketing plays a tremendous role in this, but we’re focusing on just the login page in this article. Take a look at some of these brilliant custom login pages for inspiration:
1. CopyBlogger Media
Obviously it’s going to take a lot more work to get a design similar to CopyBlogger’s landing page. But the one used here at WPExplorer keeps it simple and fits the bill just right.
Over to you – what are your thoughts on a custom login page? Do you already use one? Let us know!