Whenever I enter https://mydomain/wp-admin while not being logged in, I get redirected to


With some help, I have created the following code to redirect users landing on the wp-login.php url to get forwarded to the desired custom page:

function redirect_wp_login_to_custom_login() {
    global $pagenow;
    $current_url = home_url ($_SERVER ['REQUEST_URI']); 

    if ('wp-login.php' == $pagenow) {
        if (!is_user_logged_in ()) 
            $redirect_to = get_home_url () . '/login/';
        else {
            if (is_super_admin() || is_admin())
                $redirect_to = get_home_url () .  '/wp-admin/';
                $redirect_to = get_home_url () .  '/startseite/';
        wp_safe_redirect ($redirect_to);
    else {
        global $wp;
        $login_url = get_home_url () . '/login/';
        if (!strcasecmp ($login_url, $current_url) && is_user_logged_in ()) {
            $redirect_to = get_home_url () . '/user-profile/';
            //wp_safe_redirect ($redirect_to);

However, when entering proper user credentials and clicking the "log in" button in my custom login form, I seem to be getting forwarded to wp-login.php. This makes my above function redirect me to the custom login form, because apparently after clicking "log in" I am not yet logged in. How can I resolve this (apart from writing a custom login function that gets executed right after the "log in" button is clicked?)

  • This sounds like a plugin you have installed is doing something. Try disabling all of the plugins first. Commented Jun 3, 2021 at 1:41
  • No it's not. It is standard behavior of Wordpress. Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 16:43
  • You know what, my apologies, I misread the URL entirely and it didn't register that that was the default WP redirect URL. Now that I'm reading this again, I actually have a custom built solution that I can provide if @Rodgath's answer below doesn't get what you need. Again, sorry for the confusion from my original comment. Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 16:27
  • Hi Tony, absolutely no problem. I would be interested in seeing your solution. :) Commented Jun 6, 2021 at 22:42

1 Answer 1


It's possible to redirect to any page of your site by using the 'init' hook. Here's an example code to show how it can be done.

add_action('init', 'wpse388876_redirect_to_home_page');
function wpse388876_redirect_to_home_page() {
    global $pagenow;

    if ('wp-login.php' == $pagenow && (!is_user_logged_in() || !is_super_admin() || !is_admin())) {
        $redirect_to = home_url();


All non-logged in users will be redirected but for logged-in users the super admin will not be redirected.

  • 1
    Thank you very much. I am just starting to dig into Wordpress' PHP interface, and this is very helpful. Commented May 31, 2021 at 18:20
  • 1
    You are welcome. Remember you can change home_url() to the destination URL of your choice.
    – Rodgath
    Commented Jun 1, 2021 at 7:58
  • After trying your code, I found that it does not quite do what I want it to. Your condition (!logged in || !super admin || !admin) also seems to be faulty, because a super_admin is not an admin and vice versa, so that condition will always yield true as result. I have come up with some modified code, but it has its own problems. I have edited my question accordingly. Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 9:09
  • is_super_admin() is usually used if you have WP multi-site installed. You can remove if you haven't installed WP Multi-site. Moreover, I should point out that the conditional if ('wp-login.php' == $pagenow && (!is_user_logged_in() || !is_super_admin() || !is_admin())) { I have used in the answer is just an example, you can edit and alter it depending on your project.
    – Rodgath
    Commented Jun 8, 2021 at 14:09
  • You may also try the code without the if conditional statement and see whether the redirection will work.
    – Rodgath
    Commented Jun 8, 2021 at 14:12

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