How can visitors redirect wp-admin to the homepage?

My site details: 1. I used BuddyPress; 2. Users can sign up and login via BuddyPress; 3. User role only Admin and Author;

Needs: 1. wp-admin only admin can access, if not an admin, and visitors and Authors then redirect to home page; 2. Users force use BuddyPress login page.

Anyone have ideas?

  • What have you researched so far? What have you tried? Apr 6, 2018 at 13:28
  • You can use this plugin wordpress.org/plugins/wps-hide-login ( I am not the developer of this plugin or not affiliated with them ) to change/hide your default wordpress login page and then use a 301 redirect plugin. This way, only admin will know where login page really exists and the authors or visitors will not have a clue about it.
    – M.S Shohan
    Apr 6, 2018 at 15:13

2 Answers 2


The codex entry for the admin_init hook has an example showing you how to do this.

 * Restrict access to the administration screens.
 * Only administrators will be allowed to access the admin screens,
 * all other users will be automatically redirected to
 * 'example.com/path/to/location' instead.
 * We do allow access for Ajax requests though, since these may be
 * initiated from the front end of the site by non-admin users.
function restrict_admin_with_redirect() {

    if ( ! current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) && ( ! wp_doing_ajax() ) ) {
        wp_safe_redirect( 'example.com/path/to/location' ); // Replace this with the URL to redirect to.

add_action( 'admin_init', 'restrict_admin_with_redirect', 1 );

A few notes on how this works:

  • current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) checks to see if the logged in user has a capability only admin accounts should have. The proceeding ! means "not". We are checking for a capability instead of simply checking for the admin role as a best practice. You should treat the role as nothing more than a label and check for capabilities (read: permissions) to check if a user can do something. Read more about the roles & caps here.
  • wp_doing_ajax() Makes sure the current request is not a WordPress Ajax request. If it is, it's possible the user is not actually on the admin so no need to redirect. The proceeding ! means "not".
  • wp_safe_redirect( 'example.com/path/to/location' ); Redirects the user to the URL you pass it. You can find the documentation here. Note: wp_safe_redirect() is the recommended function not wp_redirect(). Thanks @Nathan Johnson
    • exit; Stops execution of the script making the redirect the last action we do.
  • add_action( 'admin_init', 'restrict_admin_with_redirect', 1 ); Fire this check on the admin_init because it's the first hook fired after authentication. Pass 1 as the last argument to make sure out function is fired before any other hooks.
  • You should use wp_safe_redirect() instead of wp_redirect() Apr 6, 2018 at 18:11
  • @Nathan Johnson good catch, updated.
    – DaveLak
    Apr 6, 2018 at 18:20
  • Do I need to re-edit it every after updated?
    – user141134
    Apr 7, 2018 at 7:50
  • Are you using a child theme? If not, this will get overwritten after an update. You should probably look into using a child theme.
    – DaveLak
    Apr 7, 2018 at 17:49

Is your own internet connection on a static IP? If so you can block wp-admin to everyone except your own IP. This is what I do. It can be achieved via various plugins but can also be done via htaccess.

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