Activate this plugin to send an email when any admin-level user logs in to your site. This is useful for keeping an eye on any unauthorized administrator logins. Each email alert includes the user name, IP address, user agent, and other details. Just in case you need to do some forensic investigation.
- Provides detailed information about each admin login
- Provides option to exclude/whitelist any IP addresses
- Lightweight and fast – total plugin size around 50 KB
- Simple to use – activate and done, just works
- No permanent changes are made to anything
- No settings or anything to worry about
- Easy peasy mac and cheesy
Why is this useful?
I use this plugin to keep an eye on any unauthorized login attempts. Probably a bit paranoid but I don’t care, paranoid works well for me.
How is this plugin different?
While researching for this plugin, I found four other “admin login notification” type plugins:
- Email Notification on Login
- Email notification on admin login
- Kaya Login Notification
- KolorWeb Access Admin Notification
Unfortunately none of these plugins suited my specific needs:
- Lightweight, clean and simple
- Current with latest WordPress
- No requirement for PHP sessions
So I decided to build my own. Let me emphasize the utter simplicity of this plugin. It does one thing and does it well: sends an email whenever an admin-level user logs in to WordPress. No bells and whistles, no bloat. If you need more functionality, check out the above plugins should get you there.
This plugin does not collect or store any user data. It does not set any cookies, and it does not connect to any third-party locations. The only thing this plugin does is send an email for each admin-level login. Each email includes information about the user, such as username, IP address, user agent, and other details.
Simple Login Notification is developed and maintained by Jeff Starr, 15-year WordPress developer and book author.
Installing the plugin
Activate like any other plugin and done. There are no settings, works automatically.
More info on installing WP plugins.
Using the plugin
Activate and done. The plugin requires nothing else to work its magic.
Exclude IP address
If you want to exclude an IP address from email alerts, visit the plugin settings > “Exclude IPs”. So if you don’t want to get an email every time you log in, add your IP address to this setting. You can use a free online tool to get your current IP address. If you are unsure, leave this setting blank.
To add an IP address to the “Exclude IPs” setting, you can use any of the following notations:
- Individual IP address, like
- Sequential range of IP addresses, like
- CIDR range of IP addresses, like
Important: Separate multiple IP/strings with commas.
To uninstall/remove the plugin, visit the Plugins screen, deactivate and delete the plugin. This plugin makes no changes to the WP database.
Got a question?
Send any questions or feedback via my contact form
Contributors & Developers
“Simple Login Notification” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
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- Adds option to include any roles in email alerts
- Generates new translation template
- Tests on WordPress 6.1 + 6.2 (beta)
- Tests on PHP 8.1 and 8.2
- Adds plugin settings page
- Adds option to exclude IP addresses/ranges
- Changes date/time to local site preference
- Bumps minimum required WP version to 5.3
- Adds language translation support
- Improves plugin documentation
- Tests on WordPress 6.1
- Updates the “tested on” version number
- Improves sanitization of server variables
- Initial release