Adding Login Boxes to WordPress Using wp_login_form()

I had a conversation recently with Josh about some WordPress stuff, and he brought up the new “wp_login_form” function that shipped with WordPress 3.0. I suppose I had read about it, but the value of it did not occur to me until this week when the opportunity came up to utilize it.

Josh and I are working on a site together, and the site needs a login form within the normal page structure. Basically, we need to show a login form if a user is not already logged-in.

I remember tackling this problem a few years ago with a link to the “…/wp-login.php” page. Of course, this method of logging in is a bit disjointed for the average user.

So, on our new site, we will be embedding a login form within the normal page structure using the wp_login_form() function.

*and there was much rejoicing*

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  1. JLeuze on December 28, 2010 at 4:22 am

    It’s these little details that I love about WordPress.

    I’m looking forward to the wp_quickpress_form function in 3.1 that will make it easier to write blog posts from the frontend of the site.

  2. toby on December 30, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Oh really?! That sounds fab! So many times I have wanted to do front-end editing of posts (or at least my clients have wanted to do that…).