I'm developing an intranet platform (so no external web access) and using the Password only login plugin.

I need to make a deep customization to the wp-login.php page:

  • the plugin i linked allows selected users to login with the password only. To do so it provides the pol_showform() function to be put where you want the custom login form (with password only) to appear;
  • as not all the user will be allowed to login with password only, i will need to keep the "classic login form". To do so i want to transform the "classic login form" adding a jQuery tab: in the first tab there will be the "password only login" (generated by the pol_showform() function), in the second tab there will be the "classic login form".

Now, i searched the web with no success for a way to override the wp-login.php page in my child theme. I know it's not a good idea, but it seems the only way to achieve what i need is to edit directly the wp-login.php file? Any alternative?


Found this Example2 that could solve the situation. The code in the example contains some errors (such as the echo $our_content when tha variable is $your_content) which is a little bit sad for an official documentation.

Anyway, problem is that there are paragraph added after the page has loaded and so the ob_get_contents() doesn't capture them. This piece of HTML is composed by the following paragraphs:

<p class="forgetmenot">[...]</p>
<p class="submit">[...]</p>
<p id="nav"></p>
<script type="text/javascript">
    function wp_attempt_focus(){
<p id="backtoblog"></p>
<div class="clear"></div>

Anyone knows hot to dequee them? Or how to fetch them in the ob_get_contents()? Is there any hook that fires after the whole page has been cached?

  • You'd be better off creating the complete custom login form with shortcode/custom page template at host/custom-login, POST to the default login page to handle, and then use the various redirect filters & actions in wp-login.php to push back to your page. Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 12:15
  • @TheDeadMedic thanks for your suggestion. I found a possible partial solution and updated the question. If you could help me any further.
    – Mariano
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 14:27

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You can edit the login form from your child themes functions.php using actions such as:

function my_login_scripts() {
    //do stuff here

add_action( 'login_enqueue_scripts', 'my_login_scripts' );

This should at least allow you to get your jQuery running on the page.

You can read more about this here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Customizing_the_Login_Form

  • thanks, i've already read that page. I maybe found a system with this Example2. I've updated my question if you could help me any further.
    – Mariano
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 14:19

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