How to Protect wp-admin & wp-login ?

Posted October 21, 2015 6.9k views
Linux BasicsUbuntuApachePHPWordPressSecurityFirewallLinux Commands


My site is very popular, so there are haters who try to login by tying passwords on wp-login page.

All I want to do is protect wp-admin & wp-login like this :

So that, after passing above authentication, I may go to wp-login page.

Please help me to do so.


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In order to password protect a page with Apache, you need to add a new section to your Apache VirtualHost like the below:

<DirectoryMatch ^.*/wp-admin/>
    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "Restricted"
    AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/.htpasswd
    Require valid-user

Then set the user and password by running:

  • sudo htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/.htpasswd username

Finally, restart Apache for the changes to take effect:

  • sudo service apache2 restart

Check out this article for more information:

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Hello, all

There are plugins that can change the default admin page from and also make the admin page inaccessible via the PHP file This can also be achieved using Apache or Nginx rewrite rules, but for not so technically advanced users a plugin will do the job just as well as using a rewrite rule.