How can I change the link to the Dashboard of my WordPress installation from www.mysite.com/wp-admin to www.mysite.com/custom-name, without making use of any third party plugin?

I already know that simply changing the wp-admin folder name will not help.

1 Answer 1


Without Plugin:

1. Add constant to wp-config.php

define('WP_ADMIN_DIR', 'admin-area');
define('SITECOOKIEPATH', preg_replace('|https?://[^/]+|i', '', get_option('siteurl') . '/' ) );

2. Add below filter to functions.php

add_filter('site_url',  'wpadmin_filter', 10, 3);  

function wpadmin_filter( $url, $path, $orig_scheme ) {  
    $old  = array( "/(wp-admin)/");  
    $admin_dir = WP_ADMIN_DIR;  
    $new  = array($admin_dir);  
    return preg_replace( $old, $new, $url, 1); 

3. Add below line to .htaccess file

RewriteRule ^admin-area/(.*) wp-admin/$1?%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^admin-area/?$ /wp-login.php [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^admin-area/register/?$ /wp-login.php?action=register [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^admin-area/lostpassword/?$ /wp-login.php?action=lostpassword [QSA,L]

Also you can redirect Using this function


    function redirect_wp_admin(){
    $redirect_to = $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
        if(count($_REQUEST)> 0 && array_key_exists('redirect_to', $_REQUEST)){
        $redirect_to = $_REQUEST['redirect_to'];
        $check_wp_admin = stristr($redirect_to, 'wp-admin');
                wp_safe_redirect( '404.php' );

Here is a good free plugin Protect Your Admin

NOTE : Back up your database before beginning the activate plugin. It is extremely important to back up your database before beginning the activate plugin.

  • i already know how to do it using a plugin. My question was how to do it manually Nov 3, 2016 at 7:14
  • @UnnikrishnanR its not so easy like a snippet which can change your admin panel address. and there must be appear a lots of conflicts. So Avoid to do it manually.
    – Firefog
    Nov 3, 2016 at 7:17
  • @UnnikrishnanR Check now I have updated my answer
    – Firefog
    Nov 3, 2016 at 7:29
  • This solution doesn't seem to work on multisite. PLS help
    – Game Unity
    Jul 30, 2019 at 22:45

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