How To Fix WordPress Login Redirect Loop Problem

How To Fix WordPress Login Redirect Loop Problem

How To Fix WordPress Login Redirect Loop Problem

This is one of those things all WordPress developers stumble upon at some point in time. In this rather short step by step WordPress beginner’s guide, we will talk about what causes and how to fix WordPress Login Redirect Loop issue.

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The Problem

“I am trying to login to my WordPress dashboard but something is wrong?!?”

You enter the right information, but the page keeps refreshing and redirecting you to the same location. So, what’s the big idea?

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If you were redirected to the same place, it all boils down to the same thing. What you are dealing with is the so-called WordPress login redirect loop. Let’s put our computational science caps and fix the issue.

WordPress Login Redirect Loop – The Causes

To find what’s causing the issue, we must first check a couple of things. Is it a faulty plugin? A wpadmin directory problem? An error in WordPress theme? Is something wrong with wpadmin or wploginphp files? All these things can both create login issues and make you unable to login to your admin panel.

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WordPress Login Redirect Loop – The Solutions

Before we start, and this is important, make a backup! If you accidentally overwrite certain files, you can’t bring them back! Using WordPress plugins will make the process easier, so have that in mind.

Now it’s time to set this login page refreshing matter straight once and for all.

1. Clear Your Browser Cache

WordPress Sites use cookies to collect data during WP admin/customer login events. These cookies can sometimes interfere with login processes and create redirects loop error or similar internal server errors.

All you have to do in this case is to clear browsing data.

  1. In the top right corner, press on the 3 dots button. Then, follow the path from the image below.
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  2. On the left side, you will see a “Clear browsing data” button, press it.Clear browsing data

  3. Lastly, set a time range to “All time”, check the “Cookies and other site data” option, and press “Clear data”
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2. Manually Deactivate Plugins

Sometimes a plugin or multiple plugins for WordPress can have a corrupted code. Since you can’t access your dashboard, and can’t disable them that way, you will have to do it by hand.

  1. Firstly, open your FTP Client (FileZilla is a great and free one).
  2. Enter the web host’s name, your username/password, and port you will access FTP client from. *If you don’t know all that information you can ask your host provider.
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  3. Enter the wp-content folder.
  4. While inside, rename the “Plugins” folder to something like “Plugins Backup”.
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  5. Don’t close FileZilla yet, we may need it soon.
  6. Go back to your browser and refresh your WordPress website.

This should fix WordPress login problem. If not, move to the next step.

3. Revert Back To Default WordPress Theme

Just like with plugins, something can go wrong with the theme itself. There could be a virus or something can interfere with the code. Maybe the developers did not update the theme, so it is no longer compatible with the new version of WordPress.

As a result, you are unable to login to wpadmin, what now?

As was the case with second solution, the fix revolves around renaming WordPress files here too. The only difference is that you need to rename “Themes” instead of the “Plugins” folder.

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Now, here is the catch, the renaming method only works when a current theme is not one of the default themes. But, what should you do if it is?

My Theme Is Already A Default WordPress Theme?!

Fear not, the only difference here is that you also need to overwrite some files.

  1. Go to the official WordPress site.
  2. Download the latest WordPress files.
  3. Open FileZilla if you did not leave it open.
  4. Unzip the WordPress files, and drag the “Themes” folder to the wp-content folder.
  5. Accept the overwrite, and now you have a fresh copy of the themes on your site.
  6. Go back to your browser and refresh it.

All in all, the WordPress wpadmin redirecting should now stop.

4. Rename Or Delete htaccess File

The htaccess file contains a set of rules on how the internal server should respond to various requests. There are times when this relation gets altered and in result creates a redirect loop on wpadmin. The fix is rather simple:

  1. Switch back to File Zilla.
  2. In the main directory, you will see the file named “.htaccess”.
  3. Delete it, or just rename it to have a backup.
  4. Refresh your browser.
  5. If you now have the WordPress wpadmin access, go to Settings/Permalinks.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom and press Save Changes.
  7. That’s it, you should no longer have any wpadmin redirect or similar server errors.

Note: The deleted htaccess file (or in our case renamed) is a very common fix. It can be a great trick for any website builder/developer.

5. Edit wp-config.php File

wpconfigphp file is one of the more important files of the WordPress package. It contains information WordPress needs to connect to the database. Surely, it is not something you should mess around with for the fun of it.

In a case that you accidentally change something (e.g. Database Name) and you are using WordPress hosting service, you can ask your provider for the information, and change it back.

Now, if all the steps above did not work, you can try the update site URL method.

To do that simply go to Filezilla, and open the wp-config.php file.

Before “/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing. */” line, add the following:

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*With yoursite.com part being the actual URL of your website.

And there you go, you’ve defined your Site URL and WordPress admin login redirected issue is now fixed.

Bonus Tip Of The Day: If you are in urgent developing trouble and need help with it, sites like Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange can help. They can assist you with problems related to meta (Meta Stack Exchange), WordPress security, refreshing and redirecting issues and much more! Note that these “forums” use the English language only.

WordPress Login Redirect Loop – Conclusion

Now you know what to do when the WordPress login page refreshing error occurs. If we managed to help you with this question or you would like to improve this answer, write a comment below. 

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