I need to completely replace WP's login form with the login form of an external service.

The actions and filters I've found (eg login_form, login_head) seem to rely on WP's login process starting. I suppose I could do a redirect from here, but is there a cleaner way of sending a user to another URL if they attempt to browse to a WordPress login page.

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Short and simple: No. You'll find a lot of stuff for wp-login.php on trac, but it seems that it won't change.

  • i'm thinking about just using the authenticate filter which seems to get called before the any login action takes place and controlling everything there.
    – anu
    Feb 16, 2011 at 15:16
  • Sound like a good plan.
    – kaiser
    Feb 16, 2011 at 15:22

I'm working through how I'm doing this over on this question: SSO / authentication integration with external 'directory service'


In Wordpress 3.2 you can hook in login_init and redirect from there.

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