In the last month or two I have begun to get tired of looking at the same wp-admin log in screen (no offense wp it just gets old after a while). Having seen this idea on another wp blog, I decided to customize the log in area to match my own personal site. After a few CSS tweaks and logo modifications I can now log in in to the backside of my WordPress site and say “ah there’s no place like home.”
I fell in love with the overall idea of customizing this login area. Now I started implementing this on clients sites. The overall effect is much more welcoming and personalized to each specific site.
If you want to give it a try, here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Always back up your WordPress site before you make any code/ style modifications. This will modify your core WordPress files so I can’t stress backing up enough. Backup. Backup. Backup!
2.You will need a FTP application to modify the wp-admin files. I like Fetch but you can also use either Cyberduck or Filezilla for mac.
3. I used CSSEdit to modify the CSS files and Adobe Photoshop for the graphics.
4. After you complete the admin customization you will need to make a back up of the wp-admin files. This is because when you upgrade WordPress it will overwrite your customizations. After updating you will have to go and update the new WordPress files with your modified css and wp-login graphics.
I know that there are plugins to do this but I haven’t tried any of them yet. I’m up for suggestions.
Take a look a few that I have done and feel free to tell me what you think.