Are you tired of the default WordPress Login screen? Would you like to customize the Login screen for your WordPress Website or your customers´? In this tutorial, I will show you how to easily Customize WordPress Login screen, to standout from the crowd, without the need of a plugin. Specifically, I will explain how to replace the default WordPress logo in the Login screen with your Logo or your customers´ Logo for a more professional look and better branding.
What about a plugin?
Yes, there are plugins available that customize the logo on your WordPress Login screen. But I encourage you to read my previous article about unnecessarily adding plugins to your theme. Also, you really don´t need a plugin for such a simple task.
UPDATE (Nov. 3, 2011): In WordPress version 3.2.1 (and later I assume) the existing image´s extension has changed to logo-login.png and the size has been reduced to (274px wide by 63px height). Therefore if you are using WordPress Version 3.2.1 make sure that your image extension is now png and not gif. The image size will not matter, you could keep it as (310px wide by 70px height) if you like.
Am I going to Lose my changes the next time I upgrade WordPress Version?
The answer is YES and NO.
If your WordPress version is < 3.2: then the answer is YES. In this case, your Logo image file will be overwritten with the default one. Also if you did any changes to the login.css file, it will also be overwritten. Make sure to keep backup copies.
However, if your WordPress version is >= 3.2: then there is a excellent chance that you will lose nothing, unless you decide to do a complete version upgrade. Since WordPress version 3.2, the update system supports incremental upgrades, meaning that only modified files will be updated. Read WordPress 3.2 reference.
Your Turn to Talk
This tutorial shows how to easily replace the default WordPress logo in the Login screen for better branding and for a more professional look. How easy did you find this tutorial to implement? Do you have something to add or anything else to say? If so, please share your opinion in the comments section. Your opinion matters, unless it is a Spam.