Do you want to restrict access to your WordPress admin area for security reasons?
If you have a small team, then one good solution is to restrict access to only those IP addresses used by team members.
In this article, we’ll show you how to restrict WordPress admin access by IP address.
Why Restrict WordPress Admin Access by IP Address?
If you are running a WordPress website, then you need to take your website’s security seriously. While WordPress core software is very secure, there’s more that you can do to protect yourself from hackers.
Hackers can take down your website, as well as damaging your revenue and reputation. They can steal data or even distribute malware to your website visitors, and get your domain blacklisted by Google and others.
One smart way to block hackers is by protecting your WordPress admin area from unauthorized access.
If only you or a few trusted users need access to the admin area, then a good way to do that is to limit access to wp-admin to your team’s IP addresses.
Each team member will connect to your website using a specific IP address for each location. If you block access to all other IP addresses, then a hacker won’t be able to gain access to your website even if they’ve discovered your username and password.
Instead, they will see the error message: ‘Forbidden. You don’t have permission to access this resource.’
Let’s take a look at how to restrict WordPress admin access by IP address.
How to Restrict WordPress Admin Access by IP Address
The first thing you need to do is make a list of the IP addresses used by everyone you need to log on to your WordPress website. If someone works from several locations, then you will need to collect the IP address for each one.
They can learn their IP address by visiting a site like SupportAlly.
Once you’ve made your list, then you will need to edit a file on your website. You’ll have to use an FTP client or your hosting provider’s file manager. If you haven’t used FTP before, then you may want to see our guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress.
You will need to use the software to navigate to your website’s
/wp-admin/ folder. Once there, you should look for the
.htaccess file. This is a hidden file, so if you can’t see it, then you may need to enable the show hidden files option in your software.
If that file doesn’t exist in the folder, then you should create a new file and save it with the name
.htaccess in your
Warning: Do not edit your root .htaccess file or you will lock visitors out of your website’s front end! Make sure you are editing
You should first download a copy of the file to your computer as a backup. Once you’ve done that, you will need to edit
.htaccess and paste in the following code:
AuthUserFile /dev/null AuthGroupFile /dev/null AuthName "WordPress Admin Access Control" AuthType Basic <LIMIT GET> order deny,allow deny from all # whitelist Syed's IP address allow from xx.xx.xx.xxx # whitelist David's IP address allow from xx.xx.xx.xxx # whitelist Amanda's IP address allow from xx.xx.xx.xxx # whitelist Muhammad's IP address allow from xx.xx.xx.xxx # whitelist Work IP address allow from xx.xx.xx.xxx </LIMIT>
Go ahead and edit the file to match the names of your own team members and then paste in the IP addresses you collected earlier to replace where it says
Once you save the file, only those IP addresses will be able to access WordPress admin.
Remember that if your IP address changes or you try to access your website from a new location, then you will be locked out of your WordPress admin area. You will need to add your new IP address to the
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to restrict WordPress admin access by IP address. You may also want to learn how to get a free SSL certificate for your website, or check out our list of must have plugins to grow your site.
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How to find my ip address for hiding wp-admin folder?
WPBeginner Support says
There are multiple methods to find your IP, one of the simple ones would be to use a site like supportally.com
You have to enable
“sudo a2enmod authz_groupfile”
and restart apache
Rajat Shankhdhar says
Not working for me. Code restricting admin to get access even I put the ip in a whitelist.
After this line, you must put a condition for permission to allow php files to prevent conflicts:
allow from all
I tried the .htaccess password protection method.
It works, but I tried it on a site with Woocommerce, but then my customers weren’t able to log in.
Just saying that because it seems no one has mentioned that it doesn’t work with sites that need customers to log in !
Hello, thank you for the tutorial. Unfortunately, I have not been able to make this .htaccess file to work correctly because it is denying access to the only IP address I included, my own… I am certain I copied your code exactly and I typed my IP correctly. The .htaccess file was saved under: /wp-admin/.htaccess
Am I missing something? Thanks
I must add that I am working on a localhost installation.
WPBeginner Support says
Instead of your IP address, try adding 127.0.0.1
That’s your localhost IP address. If adding the IP alone doesn’t work, then add the following line before the above code:
Pankaj Murthalia says
how to block the access to wp admin???
Emaan Ali says
I have blocked the wp-admin with .htaccess as mentioned in this article. But i am having one problem that my admin-ajax file is also being restricted on public site.
My wordpress theme uses much of admin ajax functionality and that I have put the IP limitation access on wp-admin folder so its not accessible for all IP’s.
Does anyone find the solution for this ? If so please share .
Thanks in advance
Hi, This seems really a helpful one. Maybe you could help me. Instead of whitelisting an IP can we allow access for specific countries in .htaccess file? Hoping you can help me. Thank you very much.
Thanks! This was the only solution that worked for me after trying so many
Hi, This does work. I checked and am “forbidden” to login on any other computer. I can’t even see the login panel. However, I am still getting about 24 failed log in attempts per day from all different IP addresses. Any ideas how there getting around this? It’s some kind of brute force attack? Thanks, Scott.
WPBeginner Support says
Yes quite possibly. Make sure your .htaccess password is a difficult one.
Thanks. Your site has been very helpful. If you have moment maybe you could answer one more question. I followed your tutorials — and they worked. I blocked access to my admin folder with htaccess and added a password on top of that. I tested and even if people were to break the password, which they haven’t, they wouldn’t have access to the folder from any IP address except mine. However, I’m still getting about 12 failed logins per day. Any ideas what is happening and where to go to fix it? I was hacked once, but cleared the files out of my uploads folder.
NVM: This page answered my question for now. Great info
And how to allow access to only wordpress adminitrator ?What code i will write without any ip ? I just need to know a generic function that get admin related info.Becuse i have to restrict my plugin uploads from other user.And Whoever using this plugin i have to get its admin info to restrict contents from other and allow only to admin of website.
Many Many thanks sir, I have test this on my localhost system it works very well.
I tried this (after previously successfully password protecting my wp-admin directory and fixing the redirect error per your other article), but then I get a pop-up asking for a user name and password for the “WordPress Admin Access Control”. What user name and password am I supposed to be using for this new pop-up? Neither the wordpress admin logon nor the wp-admin directory logon work for it.
Oh, I believe I figured out the problem; seems to work as long as I make sure to have the added code at the very beginning.
I have a big problem
I did what you said about creating the .htaccess and putting in the code snippet. It didn’t work so I deleted the .htaccess file and now I can’t login to my dashboard! It’s just a white screen Please help!!!
Editorial Staff says
That’s a fairly unlikely outcome. You deleted the .htaccess file in your /wp-admin/ folder correct?
All I did was create the file in my wp-admin folder and when it didn’t work I deleted it from the wp-admin folder. I’m not sure what happened but, after a crazy rabbit trail and many shots in the dark, I was able to correct the problem by adding to the top of my login.php file. I still don’t know what went wrong or why what I did fixed it…. but at least its fixed. I may try this again when I’m feeling brave.
it erased the code snippet it was supposed to say “…by adding “” to the top…”
less than sign ? ob_start(); ? greater than sign
First I did not manage to make your password protect work
at least this one works.
It is interesting, that I wp-admin page gets into an infinite redirect when I enter a wrong IP address, not my one.
The infinite redirect seems to be hence an authorization problem.
Raheem Khan says
Hi WPB, I don’t think it will be working in Pakistan because every time we reset or turn of our DSL modem so the IP address automatically changes. if any other tip please reply me.
Editorial Staff says
You should look at our tip for password protecting the wp-admin directory.
yes it can be done on https, it’s just .htaccess
Can this be done on https sites? I can’t get it to work.
hi, how to make .htaccess with dynamic ip (non static ip)
my ip is always change xxx.xxx.xxx.12 xxx.xxx.xxx.453 xxx.xxx.xxx.076
Editorial Staff says
Then this solution is not for you.
You can harden your wordpress install via .htaccess whitelisting even if you have a dynamic IP address. You can whitelist a range of IP addresses using a /24 or /16 range. While this allows more access than if you always knew the IP you wanted to allow, it still prohibits access from almost the entire internet.
Just add /24 to the end of the allow from line to allow the whole class C subnet (256 IPs), or add /16 to allow the whole 65,536 range. i.e.
allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.0/24
will allow access to IP addresses from xxx.xxx.xxx.0 – xxx.xxx.xxx.255. and
allow from xxx.xxx.0.0/16
will allow access from IP addresses from xxx.xxx.0.0 – xxx.xxx.255.255
You say not to do the root site’s .htaccess file…why is that? Because you just want to limit access to the /wp-admin folder?
So…if I wanted to have a WordPress site hosted externally but used as an internal company resource so that only people using IPs of our company could access it…if I edited the root folder’s .htaccess folder to only allow IPs from our domain…that would work the same way your /wp-admin fix is, but for the entire site, correct?
Editorial Staff says
Yes Kyle, the reason why we said do not put this code in the root file because then it will limit your site access to only these IP as well. But if you are trying to make a site just for your company’s staff can access it only from work, then you would want to put the .htaccess file in the root folder.
Fantastic…thank you for the quick reply!
Why just limit GETs? You might want to limit POSTs as well!
Nice tip. I will be doing this.
Alim Bolar says
Can I limit access based on other criterias? Like I need only my laptop to access a particular folder.. I could access it from anywhere so it would be difficult to specify an IP as my internet access would be based on DHCP. Is there a unique identifier for every machine or something like that that can be used as a criteria?