Here we will see ajax login without using a plugin in WordPress.

1. Template File

Put the code in your template file :

<form id="login" action="login" method="post">
<p>Site Login</p>
    <label for="username">Username</label>
    <input id="username" type="text" name="username">
    <label for="password">Password</label>
    <input id="password" type="password" name="password">
    <a class="lost" href="<?php echo wp_lostpassword_url(); ?>">Lost your password?</a>
    <input class="submit_button" type="submit" value="Login" name="submit">
    <a class="close" href="">(close)</a>
    <?php wp_nonce_field( 'ajax-login-nonce', 'security' ); ?>

2. Send the user info via Ajax

Add the following code in function.php file. This file is located in your active theme’s root directory.

function ajax_login_init() {

    wp_register_script('ajax-login-script', get_template_directory_uri() . '/ajax-login-script.js', array('jquery'));

    wp_localize_script('ajax-login-script', 'ajax_login_object', array(
        'ajaxurl' => admin_url('admin-ajax.php'),
        'redirecturl' => home_url(),
        'loadingmessage' => __('Sending user info, please wait...')

// Enable the user with no privileges to run ajax_login() in AJAX
    add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_ajaxlogin', 'ajax_login');

// Execute the action only if the user isn't logged in
if (!is_user_logged_in()) {
    add_action('init', 'ajax_login_init');

function ajax_login() {

// First check the nonce, if it fails the function will break
    check_ajax_referer('ajax-login-nonce', 'security');

// Nonce is checked, get the POST data and sign user on
    $info = array();
    $info['user_login'] = $_POST['username'];
    $info['user_password'] = $_POST['password'];
    $info['remember'] = true;

    $user_signon = wp_signon($info, false);
    if (is_wp_error($user_signon)) {
        echo json_encode(array('loggedin' => false, 'message' => __('Wrong username or password.')));
    } else {
        echo json_encode(array('loggedin' => true, 'message' => __('Login successful, redirecting...')));


3. Javascript

Place this code in your JavaScript file.

jQuery(document).ready(function ($) {

// Show the login dialog box on click
    $('a#show_login').on('click', function (e) {
<div class="login_overlay"></div>

        $('div.login_overlay, form#login a.close').on('click', function () {

// Perform AJAX login on form submit
    $('form#login').on('submit', function (e) {
        $('form#login p.status').show().text(ajax_login_object.loadingmessage);
            type: 'POST',
            dataType: 'json',
            url: ajax_login_object.ajaxurl,
            data: {
                'action': 'ajaxlogin', //calls wp_ajax_nopriv_ajaxlogin
                'username': $('form#login #username').val(),
                'password': $('form#login #password').val(),
                'security': $('form#login #security').val()},
            success: function (data) {
                $('form#login p.status').text(data.message);
                if (data.loggedin == true) {
                    document.location.href = ajax_login_object.redirecturl;


That’s it. Now your login with Ajax is ready to use.

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