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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. I first cleared the cache and cookies. Initially it didn’t work, i couldnt stop the log in loop. This was because i had redirected the url to a sub directory using .htaccess.

    I then had to delete the .htaccess file i had updated and created a new copy of it.

    After that i was able to log in my wp-admin. Then i went to settings to customise the permalinks settings tag base to the name of the subdirectory i had placed the wordpress installation so that my other pages besides the home page could work. :) Hope it helps

  2. I’m able to log into WP Admin and then go to visit site and edit and browse from there on Internet Explorer. However on both google chrome and Safari, when I hit “Visit Site” it just takes me back to the admin login page again.. and again etc. I’ve tried everything and I’m just not understanding why it’s letting me get on with life in Internet Explorer but not Google Chrome/Safari. If someone replies to this, thanks for thought and time in advance!

  3. Hi,
    On my side, the limitation came from a MySQL limitation of 100 Mb in my formula (which I did not know). After having reduced it, I could have access again to WP-admin.

  4. All above did not work for me.

    I migrated from 5.6 php to 5.4php hosting

    I then changed the new hosting to 5.6php then did migrate again, it worked.

  5. Hi. I tested every things but not worked for me.
    I wanted to create a backup from DirectAdmin but it appears an error in between backing up. It says the wp_usermeta is crashed and repair is not helpful for it.
    So I opened the SSH and after login to server, I writed:
    cd /var/lib/mysql/[DATABASE NAME]
    and then:
    myisamchk -r -v -f wp_usermeta
    So this table is fixed and my users can login after this.
    If you haven’t access to SSH you should contact your hosting support.
    I hope it will be useful

  6. Hey there! I have an active theme named ‘church’ in which i’m customizing a website. When i install plugins and make changes over the website, it works pretty fine. but then when i logout to my wordpress account, the changes made are reverted back. Please help me out!
    Thanks in advance

  7. After entering my login details, wp will reload and it wont redirect me to my dashboard. I then read through your guidelines. I tried everything and it was not working for me. The worst is that when I got to the step of delete htaccess, i did it and i started receiving 404 Not Found error on my login page. Please assist

  8. One-man-show, do it yourself-er here… non computer wiz, banging my head against the wall for 4 days trying to fix this problem. Tried everything on this list, messed with my .htaccess and wp-config files a hundred different ways (which deleting all the .htaccess files worked for a second, until I resaved by permalink settings). . Also of importance was that I had used been using cloudflare for CDN purposes. Lastly, my problems coincided with switching hosting. So after trying everything here and about 1.5 hours on the phone with tech support at my hosting, it ended up being that I had a conflict with the www CNAME record. I serve my site as www and apparently the CNAME record with my new (actually original) host was still pointing at cloud flare. I “paused” my site with cloud flare, and updated the www CNAME record in my web host’s cPanel’s Advanced DNS Zone Editor by removing the (mynamerserver.cloudflare) from the end of themysite.mynameserver.cloudflare.com. Now the www CNAME is simply named mysite.com. Viola! Logged back in and all is good. Phew! On to the next fire, which is now that some of my navigation links on my site are 404-ing…but that’s for another thread. Thanks for this page and the active nature of this site, has already helped me fix/learn a ton.
    Cheers!

  9. I have read through the entire article, and every single comment, tried every idea that has been suggested, and about a dozen others, and nothing works. I am still unable to log in to wp-admin.

  10. Another possibility is that your disk space is full. WordPress login will fail silently if this is the case.

  11. I had this issue and instead of going the ftp route I logged into my managewp account and logged in and resaved the permalinks and I was good to go.

  12. Since installing SSL 10 days ago we’re unable to log in to the WordPress blog (all the WP files sit in that directory). The login credentials are accepted but the login page redirects back to itself with fields empty, We’ve tried everything- including everything mentioned in this article:

    (Below the last of recommended fixes. The ‘x’ means they were tried to no effect)

    x Clear Cookies to Resolve Login Issues

    x Deactivate All Plugins

    (x*) Revert Back to the Default Theme (there was no problem following a theme change 2 months ago)

    x Delete .htaccess File

    x Update Site URL (add these to wp-config.php)
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);
    (Did those with no effect)

    We’re at our wits end with this. Would really appreciate some help. Remember we can only access the ftp files, not the WP admin area.
    If nothing else, can we make a new blog and transfer several years of critical posts to the new one? Or do a re-install of WP via FTP? Please help!

    • Hi Stephen,

      After successfully installing SSL, your WordPress site should be using https instead of http. Please try adding these lines to wp-config.php file

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

      Admin

  13. after clicking the lost password in wordpress based my website still i am stuck over in the same page please help me with the same

  14. I increased the memory in wp-config and that worked.
    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘512M’);

  15. Hi,

    I have the same issue you outline in this post, however I’m also getting a “This site is not Secure” flag from Google which I was able to bypass through the ‘Advanced Options’ under the warning. I’ve tried all of the above with no luck. Even adjusting my website url in the PHPmyadmin tool hasn’t stopped me from being redirected.

    Is there something else that has gone wrong here further than what you describe above, or is the Google security warning common with this issue?

    Thanks a ton!

  16. Hello there, I tried every trick and my wp-admin page still tell me “Sorry, you are not allowed to access this page.” I try loging in through wp-login.php and I see a login page but it redirects me to our homepage. I tried deactivating plugins, themes, and unblocking my IP through wp-config.php with no luck. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • We have same problem, but after a few minutes and keep trying to loging I can access my wp-admin and the dashboard running normally agan.

  17. Hi WordPress experts,
    Would really appreciate a voice to calm my panic. My head is spinning. I am not a web expert, just a person setting up my own business site. My site is set up on WordPress, on a temp URL while I’m still building it. Using RT them 19. Been using it no problem for a while, but now I can’t access the site using my usual user name and password. Keeps saying not valid”

    Also, above the log in area there are a whole lot of lines that look like this.

    Only 1 looks like this
    Warning: ksort() expects parameter 1 to be array, object given in /home/content/html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/core/template-functions.php on line 316

    About 20 lines look like this
    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/core/template-functions.php:316) in /home/content/html/wp-login.php on line 394

  18. i can’t log in. wordpress won’t accept my name, my password. won’t allow me to create a new reader account under a different address or name. i am completely locked out and have lost hundreds of feeds. i am NOT a blogger – only a follower, and wordpress seems only interested in bloggers, with little or no support for followers. i have tried changing my password several times and even when brand-new, it will not be accepted. i have called the phone number and have gotten either no answer or a message telling me that the number is no longer in service. i am so frustrated i just want my feeds back so i can export them to someplace else.

  19. I did the last suggestion where you enter in
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

    Took a bit to figure out how to do it but it worked perfectly. Thanks!

    (BTW you can just do it through cpanel – file manager – and edit the code.)

  20. I solved it by going to the php my admin and wp_users by changing the username to something else (same for nickname etc..) and saved. Logged in again with the new name and same password and it worked.

  21. I had the same problem on multiple migrated websites and none of the above stated solutions seemed to work.

    My problem arises from the fact that each time I do the migration, I create a totally new Word Press users who don’t have any posts or pages assigned to them.

    The thing with the wp-login.php (for my case) is it was redirecting me to the homepage as I didn’t have any content assigned to the user.

    Solution, went to the wp-posts table and assigned one article to the new user using userID (you will find this in your wp-users table)

    solved the problem

    • Hi, Can I ask you to come has Solved? Not one of the solutions above me I have helped.
      Thank you

  22. It is really a common error of WordPress. I also faced this problem. But now I am Ok. All these options have not Worked. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi, Can I ask you to come has Solved? Not one of the solutions above me I have helped.
      Thank you

  23. The redirect problem occurred for me after the DNS DDoS attack on Oct 21, 2016.

    I found a simple solution by including an admin page in the login path such as:

    yourdomain.com/wp-admin/nav-menus.php

    Login with this directed right to the menu panel.
    After logout, I was able to login normally with just /wp-admin.

    Don’t know why, but it worked!

    • Hey Peter, this happens to several of my websites as well. I normally go to wp-admin/theme-editor.php because it won’t let me login through wp-admin. When I click ‘Log In’, it just refreshes the login page.

    • Thanks Peter!
      Thanks so much for posting the link – my computer experience involves FaceBook and Amazon Prime, so I needed someone to tell me to type this and go here! Telling me to paste a code into something that I can’t even figure out how to access wasn’t working for me! I have spent a couple of days trying to log in and was just about to walk away for good! You saved the day, seriously. Hero! (:

  24. THANK YOU! This finally finally finally resolved the login and logout issues with my site. I owe you guys big time!! What did the trick was editing the wp-config file with these two lines:

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

    Thanks again, you guys are amazing!

    -Renee

  25. You are a superstar. Was really getting frustrated with other tips and guides. I followed your tips, 1 by 1. Nothing worked until the last one using the 2 define statements. In my case, I did a DNS update 72 hours ago. The DNS propagated to most locations within 12-24 hours, but the wp-admin completely failed. I used md5/password update via phpadmin from your other blog tip (also excellently written and illustrated) and was still having no joy so followed this guide as second step. As soon as I did it, the password invalid message then displayed after a test login. Then the password reset link started working also which did not work after all prior error checks. The reset mail was received and worked fine and all stable again. Really really appreciate you putting this together as you just sorted me out big time. Thanks. Niall

  26. Non of the above solutions worked for me. I had to check the php error log, and I saw this

    WordPress database error Duplicate entry ‘0’ for key ‘PRIMARY’ for query INSERT INTO `wp_usermeta` (`user_id`, `meta_key`, `meta_value`) VALUES (4, ‘session_tokens’, ‘a:1:{s:64:\”235054a04c368610fe278c9aa25e46f411483bbc6b9dd52fa4574b3ba4d5ecac\”;a:4:{s:10:\”expiration\”;i:1476532105;s:2:\”ip\”;s:3:\”::1\”;s:2:\”ua\”;s:109:\”Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/52.0.2743.116 Safari/537.36\”;s:5:\”login\”;i:1476359305;}}’) made by wp_signon, wp_set_auth_cookie, WP_Session_Tokens->create, WP_Session_Tokens->update, WP_User_Meta_Session_Tokens->update_session, WP_User_Meta_Session_Tokens->update_sessions, update_user_meta, update_metadata, add_metadata

    Querying the database to remove the umeta_id with id 0, did it for me.

  27. I run around 10 websites and never came across this problem until today. I closed my WordPress site by mistakes whilst doing a long edit. Not sure if this was the issue but on opening Firefox again an trying to login to WordPress i kept being redirected. I noticed i still got an error for logging in incorrectly.

    I set off to work to try and find a solution. Renamed theme folders plugins got rid of cache. Nothing worked. I decided this has to be a problem with the .htacess file. Now the problem you have is most sites that you go through a cpanel will not show this file. So grab something like filezilla. To find it. I re uploaded the exact same one to the server and it’s all back to normal must have been a brain fart…. just seems odd that exact same file has fixed the problem.

    [edit sorry]

  28. Great – had this problem for a few days where I sometimes couldn’t log-in, but mostly when I went to view site when I WAS logged in, I’d see the maintenance mode page, as if I wasn’t logged in! Defined the site in WP-Config and problem sorted.

    Thanks!

  29. Hello,

    My WordPress Dashboard => Home( Edit Page) still loading what we do?

    if i check in view page it shows my website(no errors in this page).

    can anyone Please Suggest me.

  30. Last one “update site URL” worked for me .

    Thanks from the bottom of the heart.

  31. I had this problem when a site was built a long time ago without using wordpress secret-keys in the wp-config.php file.

    When I added the secret keys to wp-config.php as part of upgrading the site’s security I was not able to login (even after trying all of the above fixes) and it seemed that the login page was just refreshing instead of bringing me to the wordpress dashboard.

    To solve the login-refreshing problem, I temporarily went back to my old wp-config.php file without the secret-keys and was able to log in.

  32. Last method worked – BUT the Settings > General > WordPress URL and Website URL are greyed out/ impossible to change + if I remove those two lines from wp-config.php the problem returns.
    ANY WAY to change the URL settings – and make them remain correct?
    Thanks
    PS I also tried to edit the database’s options table (and enter the correct site url in the first line there), but no luck.

  33. Chrome > Settings > Advanced > Reset Settings

    Chrome finally works like it’s supposed to again! Yay!

  34. I trying everything and don’t work permanently. What I can do? I am using hostinger and a godaddy domain.

  35. Regarding wp-admin login not coming up, I have done all of the above suggestions but non could fix the problem. Can anyone help with new solution. I`ll appreciate. Kingsley Iyke

    • I fixed my issue by removing the top 2 lines in my wpconfig.php which were referencing a non existent W# Total cache install.

  36. Excellent tutorial. Easy to figure out and best of all, following the instructions enabled me to solve my problem quickly!

    Turns out a plug-in was the culprit so by renaming the plugin folder I was able to deactivate them all and sign in. (Good thing to know for the future.) I then added them back one by one to determine which plugin was causing the problem.

    One thing … please don’t laugh … you have to double click on the plugin folder name to change it. I was right clicking on it to try to rename it (as you do in Windows file explorer) … minor detail I forgot about.

  37. Any tips if none of these work? Only have the redirect issue when trying to login to Admin. Site seems fine for viewing for everyone. Just the login issue to Dashboard.

    • Jepp, the same problem like before… I’ve tried all the tricks, but nothing works…
      Please help…
      All the other sites with the same WP version still running best – also the login. Only one of the sites (at another provider) doesn’t work (only the login, I mean).

      Sorry for my poor english…

      All the best
      Georg

      • Hello,

        I’ve found the problem: One or more of three of my plugins caused an data-overflow of one of the fields in the database.
        I’ve installed the problematic plugins:
        – Simple login log
        – Limit Login Attempts
        – Rich Counter

        The database has a total limit of 1024MB… but it used 1288MB and this caused the problem.
        After erasing the content of the database-fields of all of the three plugins and reconfiguring the settings of them, the login was functioning till today…

        Best Regards
        Georg

  38. Now of this works……. i suspect the database because when comparing it to default wp install AUTO_INCREMENT is missing from the “extra” column on my database

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