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How to Redirect Users After Successful Login in WordPress

Do you want to redirect users to a specific page after they login to your WordPress site?

Depending on the user’s role, they’re usually taken to the WordPress dashboard or their profile section in the WordPress admin panel. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to redirect users after a successful login in WordPress.

How to redirect users after a successful login in WordPress (2 ways)

Why Redirect Users After Login in WordPress?

A lot of website owners run multi-user WordPress websites. For example, a multi-author blog, a membership website, or an online store.

These websites require users to login to perform certain actions and access their account details.

Many WordPress membership plugins and eCommerce plugins automatically handle redirects by showing users custom login pages and redirecting to an account management page.

However, not all websites will be using a plugin with this functionality. In this case, users will simply be redirected to the default WordPress admin area.

This doesn’t offer your users clear guidance on what to do next. It might work for bloggers and writers, but it’s not an ideal experience for your users and customers. 

That being said, let’s take a look at how to redirect users after successful login in WordPress easily. You can use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use.

Method 1. Setting Up Login Redirects with LoginWP

The method lets you redirect users after they sign in based on user roles, capabilities, username, and more. 

The easiest way to do this is by using the LoginWP (formerly Peter’s Login Redirect) plugin. It lets you set up simple login redirects in a couple of clicks.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation you need to go to LoginWP » Redirections to setup the plugin.

It allows you to set up login redirects for various situations. Let’s take a look at each of them below.

Set Up Login Redirect for Specific WordPress Users

First, you can set up redirects only for specific users. This is useful if you have a small team and want to redirect team members to specific pages. 

To do this, click the ‘Add New’ button in the ‘Redirection Rules’ section.

Add new redirection rule

This brings you to a new page to set your redirection settings.

First, select the ‘Username’ condition from the ‘Rule Condition’ drop down and choose the username from the drop down list.

Add username redirection rule

Then, you can enter the URLs you want to redirect the user to on login and logout.

Make sure to click the ‘Save Rule’ button to save your changes. 

Add username login and logout URL

Setting Up Login Redirect by User Role in WordPress

Next, you can set up a login redirect based on the user role in WordPress. For example, you might want to redirect editors to the admin area, but have your email list subscribers go to a separate custom page. 

The process will be similar to the steps above. Simply click the ‘Add New’ button in the ‘Redirection Rules’ section.

Then, select the ‘User Role’ condition from the ‘Rule Condition’ drop down and choose the user role from the drop down list. 

You can also set the order to any number, which will determine how this rule is stored and displayed in plugin settings.

Add user role redirection role

Then, enter the login and logout URLs where you want to redirect the user role.

Next, click the ‘Save Rule’ button.

Add user role login and logout URL

If you want to create different login redirects for multiple user roles, then simply follow the same steps above. 

Setting Up Login Redirect by Capabilities in WordPress

The plugin also allows you to set up login redirects based on user levels and capabilities. This is very useful if you’re using a plugin like Members to create and manage user roles with custom capabilities in WordPress.

To do this, follow the same steps above by clicking the ‘Add New’ button.

Then, select the ‘User Capability’ condition from the ‘Rule Condition’ drop down and choose the user capability from the drop down list.

You can also enter an order number if you want to keep your rules organized on the plugin settings page.

Add user capabilities redirection rule

You’ll have different user capabilities available based on the roles you’ve assigned.

Next, enter your login URL and logout URL in the boxes below. 

Add user capability login and logout URL

Then, click the ‘Save Rule’ button.

Setting up Login Redirect for All Users in WordPress

On the plugin’s settings page, there is an option to set a redirect for all other users. If a user doesn’t match any rules you set above, then you can redirect them by entering a URL here.

You can also use this setting to create a sitewide redirect for all users.

Simply enter a login URL and logout URL into the ‘All Other Users’ section. 

Set redirect for all other users

Then, click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Setting Up a User Registration Redirect in WordPress

When a new user signs up on your website, WordPress redirects them to the login page. You can set up a redirect URL to send them to any other page on your website. 

Simply enter the new URL in the ‘After Registration’ section and click the ‘Save Changes’ button. 

Add after user registration redirect

Method 2. Setting Up Custom Login Form and Redirects with WPForms

If you want to create a custom login form for new users, then you can use WPForms to set up a redirect after they login. 

WPForms is the best user registration plugin in the market used by over 5 million websites. It lets you easily create user registration forms, contact forms, and more. 

WPForms

You can use the free version to create simple contact forms, but you’ll need WPForms Pro to get the login form feature.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress plugin

Upon activation, you need to visit WPForms » Settings and enter your license key. You can find this information under your account on the WPForms website.

Enter WPForms license key

After that, you need to install the user registration form addon. 

Simply go to WPForms » Addons and locate the ‘User Registration Addon’ and click the ‘Install Addon’ button.

Install user registration addon

Now, you’re ready to create your own custom login form. 

To do this, navigate to WPForms » Add New and give your form a name.

Next, search for ‘Login’ in the search bar to find the ‘User Login Form’ template, then click the ‘Use Template’ button.

Select login form template

WPForms will automatically load the User Login Form template with all the required fields.

You can edit all existing fields by clicking on them and making changes in the new screen.

WPForms form editor screen

For example, if you want to change the ‘Submit’ text, then simply click the button.

This brings you to an editor where you can add new button text, add button processing text, and more.

Click to edit form fields

Once you’re finished customizing your form, you can set up a login redirect.

To do this, go to Settings » Confirmation from the left column, then select ‘Go to URL’ redirect as your confirmation type.

Then, you can enter the URL where your users will be redirected. 

Enter form redirect URL

Your login form is now ready. Make sure you click the ‘Save’ button before closing the form builder interface. 

Now, let’s add your login form to your website. 

Simply open up the page where you want your login form to display, or create a new page. Then, click the ‘Plus’ icon on the page edit screen to add a new block and search for ‘WPForms’.

Select WPForms block

Next, click on the WPForms block, and it will automatically be added to your site.

After that, select the login form you created earlier from the drop down list, and it will automatically load the form inside your content area.

Select login form from drop down

Alternatively, you could use a page builder plugin like SeedProd to set up a login redirect, plus create a beautiful login page.

SeedProd lets you easily create custom landing pages, login pages, 404 pages, and more.

Create SeedProd login page

For more details, see our guide on how to create a custom login page in WordPress.

Troubleshooting Login Issues in WordPress

Setting up redirects using the methods above should work like a charm. However, you might run into issues depending on how your WordPress website is set up and the plugins you’re currently using.

Here are some tips that can help you resolve those issues. 

1. Update Your Permalink Structure

Simply go to Settings » Permalinks and click on the ‘Save settings’ button without making any changes.

Save permalink settings

This will refresh the WordPress permalink settings. If you’re experiencing other redirect issues, then this usually does the trick.

2. Fix Login Page Redirect Issue

If your login page keeps refreshing and redirecting you back to the login form, then this is a sign of a settings conflict.

For help troubleshooting the problem, see our guide on how to fix the WordPress login page refreshing and redirecting issue.

3. Follow General Troubleshooting Tips

If the two tips above didn’t solve your issue, then it’s most likely a plugin or theme conflict. For more details, see our beginner’s guide to troubleshooting WordPress errors.

We hope this article helped you learn how to redirect users after successful login in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to create a free business email address and our expert picks of the best live chat software for small businesses.

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24 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Thanks for this post. The “troubleshooting issues” section have saved me as I’ve been trying to solve a “Cannot Modify Header Information – Header Already Sent By…” warning that kept appearing on my plugin admin pages with redirect requests, until I tried your suggestion and saved permalinks without any change.
    It worked like magic

  2. Does this plugin allow you to make all logged in users who visit the homepage “root url” redirect to a specific page which would normally send to the homepage otherwise?

    • These redirects are for directly after a user logs into the site and not when a user comes back when still logged in :)

      Admin

  3. Hi,

    I am able to successfully redirect the user to a custom page after the user logs in.

    But on logging in I see the Edit profile option is present. How can that be disabled so the user does not have access to the profile editing options?

    Regards
    David

    • You would use the http_referer variable for the plugin but you would want to reach out to the support for the plugin for the specifics of how to set it up :)

      Admin

  4. Hello,

    what is the limit on users?
    I am planning a site with about 2000-5000 registered WP users.

    I want everyone to have his own private area.

    thx

  5. I really thought I was getting the hang of WordPress. I followed the instructions and it is not working. It must be me… Because I see not other replies that it isn’t working for anyone else.

  6. Hi,
    I’ve loved Peter’s login redirect for years, however, since i’ve moved to Woocommerce, i have found like many others, that woo has secured the redirect post login hook.

    And now, all my logins go to my-account.

    I’ve read Peters’ support pages, and there is mention of checking on what’s grabbing the hook, but my question is i know what it is, and now i need to know how to fix it.

    Thought i’d ask the interweb to see what she would say.

  7. Hi,

    I was wondering if you can help, i am looking to set up many different users, but each user will be directed to a certain page, to only see certain information
    I.E
    User 1 once logged in can only see Page 1
    User 2 once logged in can only see Page 2
    User 3 once logged in can only see Page 3.

    There could be up to 30 different users.

    Is this something you could help with? Or is there a plugin that allows this?

  8. Is it possible to redirect the users to the same page they were viewing after login or registration.

  9. Hello, I’m using Peter’s login redirect and would like to know how to get it redirect user to their

    profile page. example.com/my-account/members/USERNAME/profile doesn’t work.

    However, example.com/my-account/members/SPECIFIC USERNAMES/profile does.

    So I can’t make it redirect to specific users unless I include their profile name in place of username

    I tired using the plugin directory: You can use the syntax [variable]username[/variable] in your URLs so that the system will build a dynamic URL upon each login, replacing that text with the user’s username. In addition to username, there is “userslug”, “homeurl”, “siteurl”, “postid-23”, “http_referer” and you can also add your own custom URL “variables”. See Other Notes / How to Extend for documentation.

    BUT it doesn’t work. Can you please help me ? Thanks.

    • Please open a support thread on the plugin’s support page. Someone may have faced this issue before and the plugin author may be able to point you in the right direction.

      Admin

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