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.
If you are going to try the advanced steps mentioned in this WordPress tutorial, then please create a back up of your site. See our guide on how to manually create WordPress database backup.
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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.
That being said, let’s troubleshoot and fix the WordPress login page redirect and refresh issue.
Clear Cookies to Resolve Login Issues
In Google Chrome, click on the browser settings menu and then select More Tools » Clear Browsing Data.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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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I had to rename /wp-content/object-cache.php. Hope that helps for anyone who the other steps don’t work for.
When i type myurl.com/wp-admin the page shows blank. I can’t see any login panel either nor does my website opens… what is the cause?
WPBeginner Support says
Please see How to fix the WordPress white screen of death.
editing the wp-config worked like a charm. thank you so much!
If you are having this issue, and nothing suggested here will work – log into the Cpanel and go into PHP My Admin, run a repair on your database table.
Adding the code to the wp-config.php solved this for me.
Thanks for the article! It took me 3 hours sifting through other posts before I found your post and the resolution that I needed!
Thank you very much! You saved my day!!
This problem can also occur if your server hosting WordPress has run out of disk space. Freeing up disk space can solve it.
You saved my day. I lost hours trying to find what the hell was wrong… thanks dude
Deleting the .htaccess worked for me. Thank you
Sir please help me look at what am getting it started this night.
Fatal error: Call to undefined function
wp_is_mobile() in /home/u318928021/
public_html/wp-login.php on line 39
I don’t know what to do
WPBeginner Support says
Seems like a plugin or your WordPress theme is causing this error. Deactivate all your WordPress plugins and check if this resolves your issue. If it does then you need to reactivate plugins one by one. This will help you find the plugin causing the error. If deactivating all plugins does not resolve the issue, then switch to a default WordPress theme like Twenty Fifteen. If switching theme resolves the issue, then the problem is your with your WordPress theme.
Thanks, it was a plugin conflict. I just deleted some useless crap via ftp and now it’s all sorted.
Thomas Le Coz says
You guys saved my ass. I was stuck outside a client site after messing with a SSL certificate and some stuff on managed account.
Never encountered this issue before, got saved by your guide.
Eva Duli says
Nothing of these work for me. I want to work the site localhost but when I am trying to login in the admin it redirects to the old admin login. Do you have any idea?
Marco Panichi says
My problem was that I hadn’t renew the database and the provider denied my user to insert/update the database.
The error I received was: “INSERT command denied to user ‘Sqlxxxxxx’@’xx.xxx.xxx.xxx’ for…”
So the solution in my case was:
1) activate the debug into wp-config.php > define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true); in order to discover the problem
2) renew the database
Hope this help!
I have a wordpress.com blog and all these instructions either are not relevant or I do not understand them, so I guess i’m going to leave it.
WPBeginner Support says
These instructions are for self hosted WordPress.org sites. Please see our guide on the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
I cant find my .htaccess file? I can find it in my rootfirectory but not on my subdomain (where I have a whole new wordpress site). What do I do? It is my first time ever to log in to my subdomain wordpress.
The dreaded Internal Server Error and web host support quickly identified a corrupted .htaccess. Spent next 3 hours trying to find how to use my ImportBuddy when I didn’t have WP Admin access. Finally thought to check WPBeginner, found the .htaccess issue above and 30 seconds later had fixed the issue. Next time I come here first!
Thanks guys and gals.
Changing the wp-config.php file did it for me! This is the second time I’ve had this issue in two weeks, so I think the fix via htaccess was only a temporary solution.
Seriously a life saver! Corrupted .htaccess files was my issue. But following your steps helped me solve it. Much, much appreciated!
Have rename .htaccess and update WP_HOME, WP_SITEURL to proper URL in wp-config.php file….
I had this issue, tried all these options and none worked for me.
Finnally solved it… apparently my database was overloaded!! I had to login through phpmyadmin and delete and clean some tables. Hope it helps someone!
Which tables clean you?
I did all of the proposed solutions, but nothing works for me! It keeps refreshing and redirecting it back to the login screen. Changing the folder of my current theme gives the white screen of death. It doesn’t revert to the default theme. Any other idea, please?
Being at a dead end, I’m thinking to download all the site through ftp, make a new one site from WordPress and then upload one by one all my content. I’m worry however if I’ll be able to insert all the customization settings afterwards. The current theme was made custom by another person which cannot help anymore. Is it safe to do that? Thanks!
Mary Anne says
Thank you so much. I have WordPress pages built via my account with bluehost. One of my wordpress sites stopped working. I had the white screen of death.
I followed each step in order, until I found the step that worked to resolve my problem. The step that worked for me was, Revert Back To Default Theme. Instead of using an ftp though, because I was having a hard time with my fetch working, I logged into my bluehost account and went into my file manager and then accessed my wpcontent/themes/directory that way for changing the title of my current theme.
this worked perfectly. I was able to log back in and choose a different theme. Thank you again
Its not working for me. I had made every change into my site as per this tutorial still no luck. Added these two line in web config file.
deleted .htaccess file. but still same problem. My site running on 1&1 hosting.
Please help me.
Dear manish , there is small change use it will definitely work
Abdul Ghani says
Updating the site URL worked for me!
the wicked noodle says
Clearing my cache and cookies fixed it right away. Thanks so much!
Update Site URL worked perfect for me! Thank you!
WPBeginner Staff says
Contact your web hosting service provider. If they are unable to help then switch to a better WordPress hosting solution.
Noting work for me… wp 3.9.1, Hostpapa hosting.
WPBeginner Staff says
Try checking your server error logs. You can also try increasing php memory limit. Let us know if this helps.
Beck Abad Lastimosa says
I have had my site for more than 6 months now and I finally decided to transfer hosting. After the transfer was successfully done, I as still able to access my login page. But these past few days has been a nightmare! I am was able to login to WP under the new DNS but as of this time, this problem suddenly occured:
– Everytime I login to WP admin, I should see the login page right? But what I get is a download of wp-login.php. I have tried checking issues ith the guide of WP Codex. I tried contacting GoDaddy (my new host) but they told me they do not handle coding, etc. Right now, I’m on a dead end! I have tried different browsers but I still get a download of wp-login.php instead of the login page showing itself.
I ould really appreciate it if you can help me.
Thilip kumar says
I Check with all the above but unable to login, I can ablre to see the login window, after I submitting login form. I Displays ‘.’ (Dot symbol)
Alison Withers says
You’re a godsend!!! Editing the config file to define the site address again did the trick.
YES! This did it for me too. Magic! Thanks!
Did all of the above, nothing works. My main wp-login.php redirects me to one of my subdomains.
This is how the redirect problem occured:
1. My web hotel shut down my site, saying that it had been infected with malware.
2. I changed all my passwords via PhpMyAdmin as well as to the database.
3. I manually updated WP in my root directory as well as 2 out of 3 subdomains (the 3rd one already had the latest version) by uploading the new files and replacing the old ones, since I was not allowed to access my WP admin area.
4. I manually added a .htpasswd and .htaccess to my root WP install and tried to access wp-login.php. I tried my 3rd subdomain (the one with the latest install of WP) first and it worked. After that, I tried my main domain and came to a page saying “update database”, so I did. After that I tried again, but every time I try to reach my root install or any of the other subdomains, I get redirected to my 3rd subdomain.
WPBeginner Support says
Open the wp-config.php file on the root site. Add these two lines to your wp-config.php file:
Replace example.com with your own domain. Also delete .htaccess file from all your subdomains and root domain. Once you get access to WordPress admin area on your root domain you need to go to Settings -> Permalinks and just save your permalink structure.
Deleting .htaccess file from root directory worked for me. Thank you!!!
none worked for me!
The extra lines in the wp-config worked! I love you! Thanks
WP-config worked for me too! I could kiss you!
WP_SITEURL did it for me. Seems illogical but it worked, so thanks for the tip! This only started happening recently to me – I wonder if it’s more prevalent with subdirectory installs with newer versions of WP.
ok I deleted all plugins and it works but whenever I add any plugin it does the same thing
It was really helpful, great info … Resolved y issue by adding site name in wp-config.
Peter Evans says
Recently WP started getting me to login ever 5 of so minutes. I noticed that my wp-config.php did not have the following lines
and when i inserted then the need to login was a less but I was then told that my session has expired and I needed to relogin in.
This is very frustrating and I would be greatful if you could assist me. I am using WP 3.6.1
and Yes if your wp-config.php file does not provide you a solution.
Try going to functions.php of your theme via ftp and add same two lines right below the <?php line and upload again. here you go !!!
it works for me
Thanx a lot the site URL was the solution … Thank you Thank you Thank you
I use Epic Browser for testing because that browser will not store cookies (by default). Therefore clearing the caches will not delete all my stored passwords in the process.
Set chmod wp-admin at 750 did kill my admin login access. So, now I use 755.
Brent Norris says
Had a special case of the redirects all day. This particular post, out of about 20 keyed me in on a solution. Just wanted to say, “thanks!” Your perspective was a refresh after ten hours chasing down a solution.
It was the part about generating a new .htaccess file that made the difference for me. Wish I could be more helpful to others but the problem I was having wasn’t very related and wouldn’t make a lot of sense to your readers.
Editorial Staff says
So glad that we were able to help you Brent
Thanks a lot for the ‘Update Site URL’ fix. That solved an issue I was battling with for a while and saves me from any further headaches.
This was really frustrating me but thanks to your tip on updating the URL my site is now working. Thanks!
Haseeb Ahmad Ayazi says
This error is very rear with WordPress but mostly occir in Blogger
I normally get this error when working with multisite, normally it’s a cookie path problem which can be fixed by changing the wp-config.php.
Robert Connor says
I really needed this tutorial it happens to me all the time usually a plug in conflict. I am addicted to plugins. Thanks staff! Have a great day on purpose…
Kartik eye says
I had the same issue, few days ago. I was trying to enable the wpmultisite function for my new website with sub directories. My website is hosted on bluehost. I did everything step by step. But after editing all the files like wpconfig.php and htaccess. When I finally tried to login, I was getting a redirect to the same wp login page. I disabled the multiste and then everything was fine again. Please can you help with this?
I tried everything — I said every little advice here — to no avail. Until I noticed I was using wp_config.php instead of wp-config.php. That simple! It solved my problem. HURRAY!!
Anyways, thanks for the tips. Hope I can help someone too.