The great thing about a WordPress-powered website is that it’s fantastically easy to customize. I can’t think of anything that you can’t change and there’s often more than one way to add your mods.

In this post, I focus on how to modify the appearance of the login screen that WordPress presents to visitors so that its look and feel is consistent with the rest of your website.

Here’s how.

Customize The Login Screen With A Plugin
If you want to quickly and easily modify the appearance of the WordPress login page, just use a plugin. This can be said for almost anything you’d like to do with WP, which is also one of the reasons why this platform is so loved by millions of website owners on the planet.

One great plugin is the WordPress Custom Login plugin by Austin Passy, freely available on the WordPress.org plugins repository.

This plugin is being actively maintained for a while, has good reviews and has been downloaded a great many times.

Taking the plugin route in this case is quick and painless: simply install the plugin as you would any WP plugin, go to the plugin’s settings page, and customize away from the comfort of the WP admin panel.

Customize The Login Screen With CSS
The alternative to the plugin way, is to take the coding route. For those who are familiar with CSS this is the way that affords the greatest flexibility and fun.

Here’s what you need to do.

How To Add A Custom Stylesheet To The WordPress Login Page
The appropriate step to take, in this case, is to add a stylesheet document specific to styling the appearance of the WP login page. To make sure the stylesheet is loaded on the login screen page, you need to add a small function to the functions.php file.

Open functions.php in your code editor, or create this file if your theme hasn’t got one (perhaps you’re using a child theme). Next, add this function:

function my_custom_login_style () {
echo ”;
}

add_action(‘login_head’, ‘my_custom_login_style’);
I called the function above my_custom_login_style, but I recommend you prefix the function with the name of your theme.

This function simply echoes out the link to a login-screen-specific stylesheet called login.css, located in the css folder of the active theme’s directory.

The trick is to hook the my_custom_login_style function to the login_head action hook to make sure the login.css stylesheet is loaded on the login page.

Also, you need to make sure the login.css stylesheet is placed inside the correct folder as specified in the filepath indicated in the above function.

And that’s it, you’re done!

To Sum Up
Customizing the WordPress login page, like most aspects of a WordPress site, is possible and can be done in more than one way.

You can install a plugin or, if you know what you’re doing with CSS, you can customize any aspect of the login page’s appearance by adding a specific stylesheet.

Which way you go, depends on how much comfortable you are handling a bit of code and/or on how much control you like to have when adding your changes.

Do you like the WordPress login page appearance for your website, or did you change its look and feel? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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