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How to Fix WordPress Login Page Refreshing and Redirecting Issue

We often get messages from our users that their WordPress login page keeps refreshing and redirecting. This locks them out of the WordPress admin area, and they are unable to work on their website.

Login issues can be caused by various different errors such as error establishing database connection, internal server error or white screen of death.

Another type of login error is when your WordPress login page keeps refreshing and redirecting it back to the login screen. In this article, we will show you how to fix the WordPress login page refreshing and redirecting issue.

Fixing the login page redirect and refresh issue in WordPress

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What Causes Login Page Refresh and Redirect Issue in WordPress?

Incorrect WordPress URL settings and failure to set login cookies are the most common reasons causing the login page redirect and refresh issue.

Normally, when you login, WordPress validates your username and password and then sets a login cookie in your browser. After that, it redirects you to the WordPress admin area.

If WordPress fails to set the login cookie correctly, or your WordPress admin area URL is incorrect, then you’ll be redirected back to the login page instead of the admin dashboard.

Login page redirect issue in WordPress

That being said, let’s troubleshoot and fix the WordPress login page redirect and refresh issue.

Clear Cookies to Resolve Login Issues

WordPress uses cookies for login authentication, so the first step in troubleshooting WordPress login issues is the simplest one. Clear your browser cookies and cache.

In Google Chrome, click on the browser settings menu and then select More Tools » Clear Browsing Data.

Clear browsing data in Google Chrome

This will launch the Chrome Settings page with ‘Clear Browsing Data’ popup displayed on the screen.

From here, you need to select ‘Clear cookies and other site data’ and ‘Cached images and files’ options.

Clear cookies and cache in Google chrome

Next, click on the ‘Clear data’ button and Google Chrome will clear the browser cache.

Also, make sure that your browser has cookies enabled. After doing that restart your browser and then try to login. This should fix the issue for most folks.

We have a complete guide with screenshots showing how to clear cache and cookies in all major browsers.

Update WordPress URL Settings

WordPress comes with a settings option that has the URL of your website and the URL of your WordPress installation.

If you had access to your WordPress admin area, then you could see this option under Settings » General page.

WordPress URL settings

If these URLs are incorrect, then WordPress will redirect you back to the login page.

Now, since you are unable to access the WordPress admin area, you’ll need to edit the wp-config.php file to fix this issue.

The wp-config.php file is a special file in WordPress which contains your important WordPress settings. You can access using an FTP client or via File Manager app in your WordPress hosting account dashboard.

Editing wp-config.php file via FTP

You’ll find the wp-config.php file in your site’s root folder. Simply edit the file and paste the following code just before the line that says ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing’.

define('WP_HOME','https://www.example.com');
define('WP_SITEURL','https://www.example.com');

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

After that save your changes and upload the file back to your website.

You can now visit your website and try to log in and hopefully, this would have fixed the issue for you.

If it didn’t, then continue reading for additional steps.

Delete .htaccess File in WordPress

Sometimes .htaccess file can get corrupted which can result in internal server errors or login page refreshing error.

Simply access your website through an FTP client or via the File Manager app in your hosting account dashboard.

Once connected, locate the .htaccess file in the root folder of your website and download it to your computer as backup.

Delete .htaccess file in WordPress

After that, go ahead and delete the .htaccess file from your website.

Next, open the wp-admin directory and if there is a .htaccess file there, then go ahead and delete it as well.

You can now try to log in to your WordPress website. If you succeed, then this means that your .htaccess file was stopping you from logging into WordPress.

Once you are logged in, simply go to Settings » Permalinks page in WordPress admin area and click on the Save button without making any changes. This will generate a new .htaccess file for your website.

Deactivate All WordPress Plugins

Sometimes WordPress plugins can cause this issue especially if there is a conflict between two plugins.

To deactivate all your WordPress plugins, connect to your website using an FTP client or via the File Manager app in your hosting account dashboard.

Once connected, go to the /wp-content/ directory. Inside it, you’ll see a folder named ‘plugins’. This is where WordPress installs all your plugins.

Rename plugins folder to deactivate all plugins

Simply rename the plugins folder to plugins_backup. This will deactivate all WordPress plugins installed on your website.

We also have a detailed tutorial on how to deactivate all WordPress plugins when unable to access WP-Admin.

Once you have deactivated all plugins, try to logging in to your WordPress site. If you succeed, then this means that one of your plugins was causing the issue.

Revert Back to the Default Theme

WordPress themes can also cause conflicts after upgrading to a newer version of WordPress or the theme itself. To find out whether the problem is being caused by your theme, you need to deactivate your theme.

The process is similar to deactivating the plugins. Connect to your website using an FTP client. Go to /wp-content/themes/ directory and rename your current theme directory to themes_backup.

Once you have done that, then try logging in again. If you succeed, then this means your theme was causing the issue.

You can now reinstall a fresh copy of your theme to see if this resolves the issue. If the issue reappears, then contact your theme’s support or switch to a different WordPress theme.

We hope this article helped you resolve the WordPress login page refreshing and redirecting issues. You may also want to see our WordPress troubleshooting guide with step by step instructions on how to fix WordPress errors on your own.

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  1. Thank you – that tip about restoring the admin page by adding two lines of code in the config file seems to work nicely (still crossing fingers), but I have hope now, which I didn´t earlier.

  2. Glad our guide could help and if you hadn’t set up SSL before changing to https that would definitely be the most likely cause.

    Admin

  3. Thank You, it worked.

    I initially had the siteurl & wp address url changed to “https”, and this made me unable to log-in my dashboard. Maybe because I had not ssl at my host set-up.

    Re-changing the “https” to “http” helped me log-in back.

  4. Everything didn’t work. But after downgrading my PHP from 7.4 to 7.2, I was able to login.

    Kinda weird, now I’m using an older PHP version.

    Did you encounter an issue similar to mine? I want to use the newer PHP version, but it doesn’t let me login in wp-admin.

  5. This issue has never happened to me before, but the 2nd / plugin option worked for me right away.

    This website is a lifesaver! Thank you so much!

  6. I tried some of these steps, but the problem turned out to be elsewhere: my site was setup as a ‘multisite’ but in wp-config file it said ‘subdomain_install’ as ‘false’, when I changed it to ‘true’, I could login to the site normally without redirects

    • This was also my problem! I tried all the steps mentioned in the article, but after changing the ‘subdomain_install’ from false to true in the wp-config.php file it worked!!

      Thanks!!

    • I have been trying to solve this for MONTHS… Thanks to your comment, I was able to fix it in about 10 seconds. Thank you so much for sharing!

      This should be included in the tutorial.

  7. I followed the instructions to deactivate all plugins and I now have access to wp-admin again! The instructions were easy to follow, and thanks so much for putting them out there.

  8. Thanks for this great help. The plugin folder renaming worked for me. There was an issue with one of the plugins. Thanks once again :)

  9. I was looking for a solution for over 5 hours now – nothing worked. But deleting the htaccess file in the wp-admin directory helped!
    I cant thank you enough.
    Made my day.

  10. Hey but now its showing that cookies are disable in your browser please enable cookies. What can I do now?

  11. Thank you for sharing those tips, unfortunately none of them have worked for me. I even uninstalled the whole wordpress plugin. I don’t know what should i do next :(

  12. This was a lifesaver! We were able to follow step-by-step and avoid a major problem!

    Great information!

  13. I couldn’t find my wp admin page. It shows

    “There has been a critical error on your website. Please check your site admin email inbox for instructions.

    Learn more about debugging in WordPress.”

    How can I fix this error?

  14. Hi, i have change by mistake my url and now the domain wp admin login url bring me to other site and i cont have ftp access how i can change back them?

    • You can either reach out to your hosting provider or if you have phpMyAdmin access you could change the options table and update the URL and address.

      Admin

  15. define(‘WP_HOME’,’https://www.example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’https://www.example.com’);

    where do these two lines add in wp-config.php file?

    At Last OR At Start?

    Please clarify

    • As we state in the article: paste the code just before the line that says ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing’.

      Admin

  16. Thank you so much for your post. I’m a newbie with WP. These lines worked for me

    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

    I also changed the below line from false to true.

    define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, true );

    • Glad our recommendation could help, the WP_Debug you should be able to return to false should you want :)

      Admin

  17. thank u so much after spending so much time after deleting that .htacces and restart my mac open the website finally thanks for ur time

  18. You safe my life man! Just messed around the login wp admin site if it wasn’t for this tutorial I would never have solved the problem!

  19. Thank you very much for this tutorial!
    I have tried these methods and managed to temporarily fix the problem.

    The thing is, that after everything seems to be working again, the next day it happens again. Without me changing anything at all. Any tips on that?

    • You would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure there is nothing on their end that could be causing this conflict

      Admin

  20. For those who ended up here an after all steps could’t solve this, check if you changed table prefix. I have changed mines and just figured out that there are some usermeta that stores the old prefix.

  21. Thanks a lot to all of you, and specially to Hand: Changing back php version to 7.3 solved this for me! :-D

  22. I had this issue and spent an entire day trying every possible solution mentioned here and elsewhere without any progress. Then I remembered that I had changed the PHP version from 7.3 to 7.4 on my hosting’s control panel (DirectAdmin). Changing back php version to 7.3 solved this for me.

    • I’ve just worked out that PHP 7.4 missed three of the extensions we had installed on PHP 7.3:

      php74-php-opcache
      php74-php-process
      php74-php-soap

      As soon as they were enabled and provisioned the wp-admin 404 error disappeared. Hope that helps you to upgrade to 7.4 trouble-free!

  23. Hi

    I followed this article and in my case i found one plugin was causing this issue.So it found it by renaming each plugin and keep trying the login and once i reached this plugin and renamed it …admin login worked.So…i renamed back rest of the plugins to their original names and keep this once renamed and admin worked and later i sorted my plugin

    Thanks

    • Glad you were able to get your site working and thanks for sharing the method you used for other users with this issue :)

      Admin

  24. I deleted the htaccess file as instructed, and now I can’t get a login screen at all. No access to my site (404)

  25. thanks man. Your Update Site URL works!
    I tried to manually install piece by piece in my local macbook, to learn how wordpress work, and missing your piece!

    The install manual doesn’t really have this kind of info =)

    giang

  26. I’ve had this issue before many years ago and I think my fix was the same this time as it was then. After trying many many suggestions above, what finally did it for me was clearing my chrome browsing history. Someone mentioned trying that and not working, but this was not actually offered as a solution so I thought I would post it. Thanks!

  27. I was having a login error where my login page keeps refreshing and redirecting me back to the login screen. And for me (I tried all of the above solutions) and none of them worked.

    Then I checked the error_log file on my WordPress site and saw that the problem I was having said “WordPress database error Disk full”

    As a result, I went into my wp-config.php file and added the following code to file right above the text line where it says in the file “* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */”.

    The code I added is:

    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘256M’);

    Problem solved.

    • Thanks for this – it worked perfectly and tehe memory limit solved the problem. I was really angry because all other stuff like plugins, themes, .htaccess didn’t work!!!
      Greetigs Chris

  28. i am not able to login my wordpress admin ,getting 404 error.what should i do to reslove the issue.

  29. None of these options worked for me… Turns out to be a hosting issue. Called Network Solutions and they said that because my database was over 300mb I needed to upgrade my database because after 300mb they lock you out…. Upgrading by DB fixed the issue. Who knew….?!

      • You would reach out to your hosting provider and they would let you know if you need more space for your database similar to Travis

        Admin

  30. Defining these lines ON TOP OF wp-config.php helped. They don’t help if you put them at the bottom.

    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

    • It should still work if you place it at the bottom of the wp-config file, there may have been a problem with where you placed it depending on what’s in your specific wp-config file.

      Admin

  31. Nothing worked for me until I went into ftp server and edited index.php in the site’s root (alongside all of the other wp-related files mentioned here), and set define( ‘WP_USE_THEMES’, FALSE )

    This will temporarily break your site temporarily (no error codes, just white screen), though my site loading wasn’t the problem. This allowed me to finally access my dashboard through the login site, where I then put a brand new theme on and fixed what I thought might be the culprit (I made the mistake of redirecting my “Home” link on my menu to an exterior site).

    After removing the “Home” link, (or just to be safe, the menu in general), and creating a new menu with only the pages in question I wanted to use, I re-set the ‘wp_use_themes’ to TRUE and we’re back off to the races again!

    • If none of these methods worked then you may want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure there aren’t any issues on their end.

      Admin

    • Do you mean people can view your site or people can log in to your site? If you mean the login then if you’ve logged in once, WordPress should log you back in but your site’s visitors would still need to log in. If you visit your site in an incognito browser you should see what your visitors see.

      Admin

  32. I am unable to login to the wordpress admin page as it is showing too many redirects(error) as I had just installed the wordpress and since then I am unable to login the page I have made every change and have checked each possible way through which I can make changes. I have done everything but nothing works. Please help me with the issue.

  33. For some reason, everytime I go to login into my work’s cms site it redirects me to the actual website rather than the dashboard, have deleted browsing history, cookies, cache etc but no luck. Nobody else in the office seems to have faced this difficulty before

    • If you’re using the /wp-admin url to log into the site you may want to try instead using /wp-login.php to see if your browser is not fully clearing the cache.

      Admin

  34. For me the solution was deleting user.ini file in the root of my site
    This file was created by host

    • Thanks for sharing this method, hopefully it helps anyone else if the above methods don’t work :)

      Admin

  35. I have a problem in my login. When I visit my site with /wp-admin it then put itself to /wp-login.php with a popup login indicating “your connection to this site is not private”. I cannot login even I put my user and pass.

  36. thank you for your guide
    i delete htaccess and every thing fixed
    i made another one from setting and save
    then i compare both backup file and new one
    the backup one has some extra entries
    is it ok? or i wil face problem?

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