This is Part 2 in the “Life After Design” blog series. Part one can be located Here
In this post:
- The Basics of Logging in
- Username management (and resetting passwords)
- Extra Security/features
I know that this may seem like a very basic post, but I would rather be thorough than leave you with questions, this will also be your best resource for WordPress log in help.
The first step to accessing your website will be logging in. As stated in Part 1: Content Management we briefly went over logging in, we will get more in depth after this summary:
Just as with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, gmail, AOL, etc… you will first need to access a login screen. If you are an 11eleven Studio client, I have (or will) send you an e-mail directing you to a login page, along with your username and password.
You will have the ability to have the computer “remember” you, and if you’re on a secure computer (home or work on a private network) you can even have your browser remember your password so that all you have to do is click “log-in”.
Finding your Login Screen:
Finding your login screen is fairly simple:
- If you are an 11eleven Studio client, you will have received it in an email with your Username and Password.
- If you are not an 11eleven Studio client, or can’t find the e-mail, your login screen will be www.YourWebsiteNameHere.com/wp-admin.
So for example, I log in to this site at: 11elevenstudio.com/wp-admin
However, I should note, that you may get redirected from /wp-admin to /wp-login; This will not change anything about your login process, continue with your username and password regardless of which one it is.
Username and Password:
As I stated before, if you are an 11eleven client, you will have received your Username and password in an e-mail (assuming that your project has reached that stage).
Your username will be unique to your site, so you will be able to use your first name, nickname, or any title that you’d like. This will be the default display name that users will see (more on this when we get into blog posts).
Your first password will be a securely generated password from WordPress, you can continue with this, just make sure that you save it somewhere for future use. We will discuss how to reset your password manually soon; if you have any more specific questions, the “WordPress Codex” is a great resource.
If for some reason you ever forget your password, there is an option to retrieve/reset it from the login page, just click on the “Lost your Password?” button below the form. You will get taken to the screen below:
Simply follow the instructions from there; if you need further help Contact Me or your site’s administrator.
After Logging in:
Once you’ve logged in, you will be able to edit the user information that your audience will see from you. This includes but is not limited to:
- First and Last Name
- e-mail address
- Social Media Accounts
- Biographical Info
You will also be able to manually reset your password here.
In order to access this information, you will want to click on the “Users” tab on the lefthand side of the screen, and then navigate further into the section to access the “Your Profile” portion.
Depending on the set up of your site, some of the information that you enter here will or will not show up, each site is different. If you would like to see any of these fields displayed or hidden, continue on in this blog series, or contact me or your administrator for help.
Extra Security/Features (optional reading):
If security is important to you (which it probably should be) then you might be interested in the plugin clef. This plugin, and it’s supporting app, allows you extra protection and control over logging in.
Basically (very basically) how it works: You will see this when you access your login screen (yoursitename.com/wp-admin), you will need to log in to the app on your phone – I use my iPhone’s fingerprint reader with pin as a back-up. Then you will simply point your phone’s camera at the screen and viola! Clef lets you control the amount of time logged in, what site you’re logged in to, and gives you the option to sign out of any site from your phone.
This is great if you work in an office or on a public computer, and like the extra security and accessibility.