How to Add WordPress Login Widget to the Sidebar (Easy Guide)

How to add WordPress Login Widget to the sidebar

Do you want to add a login widget to your WordPress website or sidebar?

Many users think the only way to log into a WordPress website is through the Login page.

If you wish to provide your users with an additional way of logging into your WordPress website, you can add WordPress login widget to the sidebar on your site.

In this article, we’ll show you how to add a login widget to your WordPress login page.

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Why Do You Need a Custom Login Widget in WordPress?

Sidebar widgets have very high visibility, even on smaller screens. A WordPress sidebar login widget is a great option if you want to encourage visitors to sign up for an account. The idea is to show the visitors that they can sign up for an account to avail of additional services and options.

WordPress provides a simple login widget that you can add to the sidebar. However, it's very simple and leaves a lot to be desired.

Adding Login Widget to WordPress Site Using LoginPress

LoginPress Login Widget is an add-on that website admins can place in the sidebar. Since it uses AJAX to log in the visitor, the page doesn't refresh when visitors click the widget.

Perhaps the best thing about the add-on is the option to customize it with the simple HTML/CSS combination code. This allows you to fit the widget within your website's design.

Note that the Login Widget add-on isn't compatible with block themes. So, if you're planning to use it, you need a non-block theme such as Twenty Twenty One.

Note: The following steps assume that you already have LoginPress WordPress login plugin installed and activated on your WordPress website. For more information, you can check our blog post How To Install And Activate LoginPress (Premium).

Let’s see how you can add a login widget to your WordPress sidebar using the LoginPress Login Widget add-on.

Step 1: Download Login Widget Add-on

The first thing you need to do is download the Login Widget add-on.

Start by logging in to your WPBrigade account and go to the Downloads page.

Once you’re there, look for the Login Widget add-on and click Download.

Download Login Widget

Step 2: Install and Activate the Plugin

After you have downloaded the plugin, you need to install and activate it.

For this, go to your WordPress Dashboard, and then to the Plugins Page.

Once you’re there, click the Add New button. You’ll be taken to the Add Plugins screen where you can upload the downloaded file.

Upload Plugin

After you have uploaded the plugin, click Install Now, and then Activate.

Install Plugin

At this point, the add-on is ready for use on your website.

Step 3: Add the Login Widget

To add the login widget to the sidebar, go to the WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets. You can configure the Login Widget add-on Click on the Widgets and then you’ll be able to configure the add-on.

LoginPress Login Widget add-on enables you to add additional options to the default login widget. In particular, the add-on introduces the following options to the login widget:

  • Add an avatar.
  • Enable/disable the Show lost password link.
  • Customize the Lost Password text.
  • Show the registration link, with customizable text.
  • Show the Remember me checkbox.
  • Add a Login Redirect URL

Login Widget Setting

The Login Widget add-on also allows you to customize the error messages so that you can convey additional information to the users.

Login Widget Setting

Here is what the final appearance would be like:

Login Widget Demo

Conclusion: WordPress Login Widget

A sidebar login form for your WordPress website adds to the user experience and offers an additional way of logging into your website. For example, users landing on your blog or landing pages can directly log into their accounts without going through an extra step.

The LoginPress Login Widget add-on adds more options to the default WordPress login widget and allows you to customize the appearance of the widget to better blend it into your website design.

Let us know if you tried the Login Widget add-on for your website sidebar.

Frequently Ask Questions

What is a login widget?
The Login widget is a short login form that you can add to the sidebar or footer of the website. By default, it simply asks for a username and password. However, you can customize the default widget with plugins.
Is the WordPress login widget secure?
The WordPress login widget uses the same security checks as the website's login page. 

That's all! You can also check out How To Add Google Fonts With LoginPress and How To Change The Theme for Your WordPress Website.

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