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How to Add the WordPress Logout Link to Navigation Menu

Do you want to add a WordPress logout link to your site?

If you run a membership site, bbPress forum, eCommerce store, or a learning management system (LMS) using WordPress, having a prominent logout link is helpful for your users.

In this article, we will show you how to add the WordPress logout link to your navigation menu, as well as to other areas of your site.

Adding a logout link in WordPress navigation menu

The Logout Link for WordPress

Normally you can log out of your WordPress site by clicking on the logout link. This link is located below your profile picture in the top right corner of the WordPress admin bar.

All you have to do is take your mouse over to your username, and it will appear in the dropdown menu.

Log out link in WordPress admin bar

In case you or your site administrator have disabled the WordPress admin bar, then you will not be able to see the WordPress logout link.

The good thing is that the WordPress logout link can be directly accessed to log out of your current WordPress session.

The logout link for your WordPress site looks like this:

http://example.com/wp-login.php?action=logout

Don’t forget to replace example.com with your own domain name.

You can access this link directly in your browser window to log out of your WordPress site.

When you visit the WordPress logout link, it will take you to a warning page. You will need to click on the logout link to confirm that you really want to log out.

Logout confirmation

You can also manually add this logout link anywhere on your WordPress site. Let’s take a look at how to do that.

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Adding the Logout Link in WordPress Navigation Menus

Adding the WordPress logout link in your site’s navigation menu will make it easily accessible from any page on your website.

Simply head over to the Appearance » Menus page in your WordPress admin. After that, you need to click on the custom links tab to expand it and add the logout link in the URL field.

Logout link in navigation menu

Once you are done, click on the ‘Add to menu’ button, and you will notice the link appear in the right column. You can adjust its position by simply dragging it up or down.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Menu’ button to store your changes.

You can now visit your website to see the logout link in your navigation menu.

Logout link in the navigation menu

The problem with adding the logout link in the menu is that it is visible to all users (both logged-in and logged-out). It only makes sense to show the logout link to users who are actually logged in.

You can do that by following our instructions on how to show different menus to logged in users.

Add WordPress Logout Link in the Sidebar Widget

WordPress comes with a default widget called Meta. This widget shows a bunch of useful links including a logout or login link to users.

Meta widget in WordPress

Some people find the other links in the Meta widget are not quite as useful.

As an alternate, you can also add a plain text or custom HTML widget with the logout link in plain HTML. Here is the HTML code you’ll need to add:

<a href="http://example.com/wp-login.php?action=logout">Logout</a>

Logout HTML widget

Adding a Dynamic Login / Logout Link in WordPress

If you manually add a logout link in WordPress, then the problem is that it does not change based on the user’s login status.

To fix that, you can use a plugin to dynamically display the login or logout link based on the user’s session.

First, you’ll need to install the Login or Logout Menu Item plugin. For details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After you install and activate the plugin, you’ll go to Appearance » Menus in your WordPress admin and add the Login/Logout link to your menu.

Login Logout menu WordPress plugin

After you hit ‘Save Menu’ and check your WordPress website, you’ll see the link in your menu.

Login link in menu

When you click on it, it’ll take you to a page to login, or if you’re already logged in, it will log you out.

This method also works with WooCommerce, MemberPress, and other WordPress eCommerce platforms.

We hope this article helped you find the direct WordPress logout link and add it to your navigation menu. You may also want to see our guide on how to add a call button in WordPress, and how to track link / button clicks in WordPress to make data-driven decisions.

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24 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Amazing plugin and love it. Just wondering am I able to point the link to login/register page that I created?

  2. Hi,
    thank you for your guide, it works for me on desktop and tablets
    but either I put the logout to the top menu or primary navigation menu (the three horizontal line) the logout doesn`t show on the menu.
    Any suggestions?

    • You would want to clear your cache or check with your theme’s support for the most common reasons and solutions for that specific issue.

      Admin

  3. In the confirmation page when someone click the logout link in the navigation menu, the page title is “something went wrong”. How can I change that?

  4. Unfortunately doesn’t work for me.
    I get a 403 forbidden when I click on the link and that is caused by a plugin from my theme – so no way to avoid this I guess?
    Any other solution what can work for people that can log in and out but without the admin bar?

    • While we do not have an article on a beginner friendly plugin or method at the moment, we will certainly take a look into that for a future article or update :)

      Admin

  5. Doesn’t work if the login is redirected to a custom login page. How would you create a custom menu link that will logout without being redirected? In other words the logout cannot have “login” in is address to logout.

  6. Great article on adding the logout link. It is possible to allow actions through htaccess if the URI is blocked?

    For example I am using your “How to Limit Access by IP to Your wp-login.php file in WordPress” tip.

    order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    # whitelist IP address
    allow from xx.xxx.xx.xx

    Can I allow “wp-login.php?action=logout” while still denying access to the base wp-login.php, and what would that htaccess code look like?

  7. Alternatively you can use wp_logout_url() hook to get the job done (for advanced users / developers).

    • I tried making a function in function.php and add a short-code of it so i can ‘call’ it where i want. I used the wp_logout_url(home_url()) but every-time i press the link the login gets stuck and does not redirect to the homepage. Suggestions ?

      I check the link for post data and if the post data isset (isset($_GET[‘name’])) the user will logout with the function you mention. Any suggestions ?

      • Are you getting any error? Something like the below should work without any issue:

        <a href="”>Logout

        • `<a href="”>Logout`

          Could you share the function you’ve added under function.php?

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