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strange wordpress login form behavior -- cannot access wp-login.php

Posted on 2014-12-16
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WordPress 4.0.1

I am trying to log in to a WordPress site that I manage: http://ashtonupdate.org/

When I try to access http://ashtonupdate.org/wp-login.php, I am redirected to the home page: http://ashtonupdate.org/

... and can never see the WordPress login page.

I looked in .htaccess and I see that my IP is not blocked. Here is .htaccess:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>
# END WordPress

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The site also uses the iThemes security plugin -- but I am pretty sure that there is no special login page specified.

Any idea what is going on? Thank you as always for your help.

Eric
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Jason C. Levine earned 2000 total points
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What happens if you disable iThemes?

Are you cachng the site?  Have you purged the cache?

Does the behavior change if you access www.ashtonupdate as opposed to the non-www version?
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by:Eric Bourland
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Dear Jason,

Yes indeed, it was the iThemes plugin. Arrgh. I disabled it (in FTP, I logged in and changed the plugin folder name) and then was able to log in.

I should have tried that even before I asked. This iThemes security plugin provides useful security features and has many good reviews and seems to be widely used. I use this iThemes plugin on about ten different wordpress sites. On this particular site, and on one more site, I routinely get locked out from the login page. Only on those sites. It is weird.

I really appreciate your quick and expert answer -- as usual.

I'll come back and close this question in a while. Hope you are well.

Eric
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Eric,

I'm well, thanks for asking.  For security, I don't use iThemes but I know lots of others who do.  Right now, my go-to free security model is BruteProtect combined with WordFence.
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by:Eric Bourland
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Jason, thank you as always. iThemes Security is the culprit. I am weighing options. =)

Hope this finds you and yours doing great. Happy holiday.

Eric
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