I have chosen to display a login form in the first page of my wordpress website. If the user logs in successfully, he gets redirected to a specific webpage. If he enters a wrong password, he gets redirected to the login page again. The problem happens when someone does not enter username and password: he gets redirected to the wordpress admin login page.

How can I redirect empty username logins back to the main login page ?

this is the code I am using to redirect failed attempts :

add_filter('login_redirect', '_catch_login_error', 10, 3);

function _catch_login_error($redir1, $redir2, $wperr_user)
    if(!is_wp_error($wperr_user) || !$wperr_user->get_error_code()) return $redir1;

        case 'incorrect_password':
        case 'empty_password':
        case 'invalid_username':
            wp_redirect(home_url()); // modify this as you wish

    return $redir1;

1 Answer 1


Check for an empty user login in the $_REQUEST array:

if ( empty( $_REQUEST['user_login'] ) // && or || empty( $_REQUEST['user_pass'] )
  return $redirect_to_whereever_you_want;

But this filter is to late. It is called after the user is logged in. You have to use the 'wp_authenticate' action, this is one of the earliest action in the login process:

add_action( 'wp_authenticate', '_catch_empty_user', 1, 2 );

function _catch_empty_user( $username, $pwd ) {
  if ( empty( $username ) ) {
    wp_safe_redirect( $redirect_to_whereever_you_want );

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