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How to Fix WordPress Keeps Logging Out Problem (Beginners Guide)

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Are you trying to stop WordPress from logging you out all the time?

This is a common WordPress error that makes it nearly impossible to work on your website.

In this article, we will show you how to fix the WordPress keeps logging out problem, also known as the WordPress session timeout issue.

How to fix WordPress keeps logging out problem (quick & easy)

Why Does WordPress Keep Logging Out?

There are a few main reasons WordPress keeps logging you out. But most commonly, you are trying to access your site from a URL that doesn’t match the one in your WordPress settings.

When you log in to your WordPress website, it will set a cookie in your browser to authenticate the login session. The cookie is set for the WordPress URL stored in your settings menu.

If the site URL and the WordPress URL don’t match, then WordPress won’t be able to authenticate the session, and you will get logged out.

This can also result in the too many redirects issue in WordPress.

In the image below, the ‘WordPress Address’ and ‘Site Address’ are different, so there will be a conflict.

Site address conflict example

With that said, let’s show you how to easily fix the WordPress keeps logging out problem.

How to Fix WordPress Keeps Logging Out Issue

The simplest fix for this login issue is to ensure you have the same URL in the ‘Site Address’ and ‘WordPress Address’ fields.

To do this, navigate to Settings » General in your WordPress admin panel.

Go to general settings and check URLs

Then, double-check that the URLs match. You need to choose either a ‘www’ or a ‘non-www’ URL in both fields.

Technically speaking, ‘www’ is a subdomain itself. This means that URLs with ‘www’ and without it are actually two different domain names.

Luckily, changing and updating the URLs to the same address will fix the issue. Then, just make sure to click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Fixing WordPress Keeps Logging Out Problem by Adding Code to WordPress

If you can’t access your WordPress dashboard, then you will need to edit your wp-config.php file manually. This is a special file that contains important WordPress settings for your website.

To do this, you can use an FTP client like FileZilla or the file manager app in your WordPress hosting account control panel.

For more details on using FTP, please see our beginner’s guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress.

Then, locate the wp-config.php file in your site’s root directory.

Edit wpconfig.php file

You can download the file to your desktop and open it in your preferred text editor, like Notepad.

After that, add the following code above the line that says, ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing’:


If you want to use ‘www’ in the URL, then you can use the following code instead:


Make sure to replace the ‘’ URL with your own WordPress blog URL.

Then, you need to save the file and upload it back to your root directory. WordPress should now stop logging you out when you log in to your website.

If you are still experiencing the same logout issue, then see our guide on how to fix WordPress login page refreshing and redirecting issue.

Frequently Asked Questions About WordPress Logging Out

Here are answers to the most common questions that our readers ask us about WordPress logging out.

Why does WordPress keep logging me out?

In most cases, WordPress keeps logging you out because you are trying to reach your website from a URL that doesn’t match the one in your WordPress settings.

Every time you log in to your WordPress website, it saves a cookie in the browser to authenticate the login session. The cookie is saved for the WordPress URL in your settings menu.

If the site URL and the WordPress URL aren’t the same, then WordPress won’t be able to authenticate the session, and you will get logged out.

How long does it take for WordPress to log you out?

A default WordPress login session will expire after 48 hours. Then, WordPress will log you out, and you will have to log back in.

You can get around this by checking the box next to ‘Remember Me’ on the WordPress login screen. Then, you won’t be prompted to log back in for 14 days.

We hope this article helped you learn how to fix WordPress keeps logging out problem. You may also want to see our guide on how to create a free business email address and our expert picks for the best domain name registrars.

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  2. Syed Zaki-ul-Hassan says

    After reading all these solutions and having applied but the problem was not resolved then I updated my WordPress Version problem solved.
    Thanks for Such great Knowledge.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thanks for sharing what worked for you should someone else run into the same issue :)


  3. Paresh Koli says

    I was trying to access the website with www which was causing the issue of logout. Now Visiting the website without www works perfectly.

  4. Ibukun says

    Hi, I have been getting this error whenever I try to logout of my website.

    ATTENTION: You need to provide |:| USERNAME: admin |:| PASSWORD: admin |:| to see the actual WordPress Admin Login-Area page. This has to prevent WordPress Bruteforce Attack on your Website. Thank You! — SYS. ADMIN….

    Do you know any fix or solutions?

  5. Goombah says

    Thanks for this article. I was wondering if this could also be a theme issue, or is being logged out unrelated to that?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      While unlikely, if there is an error with your current theme it could cause an issue.


  6. Megan says

    Both urls are the same, but don’t have www. Should I change that as this solution didn’t work for me. So frustrating when editing a post and then finding out nothing was saved!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      With or without www shouldn’t matter, if our recommendation is not working we would recommend checking with your hosting provider to see if they see any issues on their end.


      • Megan says

        Thanks, I have contacted her, but haven’t had any response yet. She may not be operating anymore.
        It seems to be working again now, I updated some of the plugins.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thanks for sharing what worked for you, not every site will have the exact same plugin cause this issue :)


  7. Håkon Berntsen says

    Worked like a charm. Interesting article that pointed out an error that I would never thought about myself. The settings was correct, but re-save it forced it to work again.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to check with your host to see if there are any errors on the hosting end that could be part of the issue


  8. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    My settings match and I’m still having the issue.
    I’ve also tried

    -different browsers
    -clearing cookies
    -clearing cache
    -deactivating each plugin one by one

    Any other solutions would be helpful. Thank you.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Have you deactivated all of the plugins rather than one at a time and swapped themes to ensure it isn’t a conflict through one of those?


  9. Tom Little says

    I try and follow these instructions but I do not seem to get the same Screen when I visit General Settings as the one shown here (I do not see the dialogue boxes that show Site URLs).

    I am not sure if they are somewhere else but it seem to me these instructions are either outdated or I have to go another route. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Ralf says

    How about multisite? There’s no such place to enter the URL. And then, after logging in many times, the login will eventually “stick”, without changing anything …

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to try the wp-config method and that should still work for multisite


  11. Tally Briggs says

    I cannot even get to that settings page. I’m using safari and have only started having the problem with a site I comment on regularly, and have had no problems with for almost a decade.

  12. Amol karde says

    hi…thanks for sharing this informative article
    but i am finding issue in my website when i entered into dashboard i saw network admin and my website name as given when i go into network admin it will logout automatically. Please give me some solution or what i can do for logging into admin network.

    Thanking You…!!!

  13. Seaira (really) says

    Hi: I was using hostgator hosting for about 8 years with many websites. I had no problems installing wp and uploading paid templates in .zip from my computer.
    I switched to godaddy hosting and commenced to creating wp-real-estate 7 pro from theme forest. But after trying multiple times to upload the template, I had to give up. First tried uploading direct into the wp installation. Then tried direct into my file manager in CP. it would take about 20 minutes each time and then say : “are you sure you want to do this…and a box saying try again.
    site and url are both . I always used just in the past. Being they are the same, I never thought to change them to should I? Also I was signing in at:. I paid someone to help me and they tried signing in at:
    and said failed. So I had to change the passcode to get in that url. He has not done anything since and wonder if I should cancel the order and try again after I know why the .zip file won’t load. Maybe you can enlighten me.

  14. Marco says

    I had the same problem, caused by the Chrome extension WordPress Site Manager. When I turned it off the problem disappear.

  15. Ariful Haque says

    My site has https in front-end and in the admin panel its only http. Both has www in it. But the site keep logging out. Can this http protocol be a cause?

  16. Dimitrios Charalampidis says

    I had to change http:// to https:// since I am using an SSL certificate and that solved the issue. The article showed me the correct path… Thanks.

  17. Mukhtar Jafari says

    It did not work for me.
    The URLs are the same and again it gives me the same error.
    Any suggestion plz?

  18. Travis S says

    My settings match and I’m still having the issue. It is horribly frustrating, it happens a couple of times a minute.
    I’ve tried
    -changing both settings to www
    -different browsers
    -clearing cookies
    -clearing cache
    -changing themes
    -now working through plugins one by one. The issue goes away if I disable all plugins.

  19. Travis S says

    My settings match and I’m still having the issue. It is horribly frustrating, it happens a couple of times a minute.

  20. Kevin Green says

    Similar to Julie G above I have my wordpress installation in its own directory (to avoid conflict with an existing site in root) as described here


    my wordpress address is
    my site address is

    The logging out problem is particularly annoying with the Appearance/Themes/Live Preview option which essentially will not work due to continued timeout/logout

    Has anyone solved this for this kind of situation?

    • Kevin Green says

      I just noticed the site name which I had in ” has gotten lost in translation, it should read:-

      my wordpress address is
      my site address is

      • Kevin Green says

        I don’t know what happened with my attempts to quote example urls and the information on how to have wordpress run from a sub-directory but essentially my wordpress installation is in a sub-directory called wordpress & so my urls have to be:

        WordPress Address URL

        Site Address URL

        Is there a fix that solves this situation short of re-installing wordpress in root

  21. Sheila says


    I have the same URL in my Site Address and WordPress Address fields in the WordPress settings. Have never changed these settings.

    So what would be causing my issue?


  22. Gerardo says

    Just one word: THANKS!!!!

    i have setting URL without www and all working fine.

    i Have a subdomain www, do u think it better setting both url with WWW or without?

    Thank u very much

  23. Jamie says

    I keep having this problem but it’s with HTTPs…. Anyone experienced that?

    I have my URL set in the config file. Maybe I should unset it…

  24. Vienna says

    I keep being asked to log in on my blog. I checked Settings/General in my admin and do not see W/P address or Site Address.
    What am I missing ?
    I use my iPad for my blog and checked that cookies are enabled in the iPad Safari.
    Is there anything else I should do?
    This is a recent problem and I don’t know why it has happened.

  25. Tommy says

    I swear every time I have a problem with WP, you guys solve it. WP should just redirect here :)

    Thanks as always and keep up the great work.

  26. ray says

    great topic.. fixed my problem. I cloned the my site to a other server. On the VPS the admin is available on I changed it and now the admin works like a charm!

    Thnks again

  27. Louise Krohn says

    Thanks for this web site. I am a brand new user of WordPress, so I appreciate having access to your tutorials. I have been working on this web site for a couple of weeks, and until a couple of days ago, I had not seen the “Your session has expired” comment. Both the site address and the WordPress address are the same (and have been since the beginning). So, what else could be causing this problem?

  28. John Thom says

    This solution applies to WordPress without MultiSite? When activating MultiSite WordPress gives the following message:

    Server Address:
    We recommend you change your siteurl to before enabling the network feature. It will still be possible to visit your site using the www prefix with an address like but any links will not have the www prefix.

    The effect of using www. in WPMS is that accessing redirects users to the hompage, rather than WordPress self-correcting and redirecting to http://www. … … .

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