Looking for a simple way to add a WordPress login popup modal on your site? A login modal enhances the login process of your visitors by allowing them to log in directly to the website without leaving the currently navigating page. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a WordPress login popup modal - step by step.

How Is a WordPress Login Popup Modal Beneficial?

Login Popup Modal in WordPress

A WordPress login popup modal helps you eliminate the default login page in WordPress. If you have a membership website, sell online courses or run any eCommerce site, your buyers must register/login to your website to complete their purchase.

How to Create a WordPress Login Popup Modal in 2023

Generally, when users click on the login link in WordPress, they redirect to the default WordPress login page or the custom login page set up by the site owners. After completing the login process, users are again redirected to another web page. This typical multi-step WordPress login process redirects users from one page to another.

A custom WordPress login modal simplifies this tedious process and removes the need for a separate login page on WordPress sites. For instance, you can display a popup window and allow visitors to log in directly to your site without visiting any additional pages.

Furthermore, a WordPress login form popup allows you to add a login/register link anywhere on your website, including the sidebar, footer, or header. You'll be able to let your website's visitors log in without making them leave the page they're on.

And obviously, providing your prospective buyers with a much simpler and faster login process enhances their site navigation and buying experience, ultimately boosting sales and higher conversions. Indeed, a login popup modal is different from the other popular popup types. However, if built correctly and used precisely, a login form popup can also be leveraged as an effective marketing tool.

Having said that, let's now see how to create a login popup modal in WordPress.

How to Create a WordPress Login Popup Modal

We've looked at what a WordPress login popup modal is and how it will help improve your visitors' site navigation experience. We will now create our WordPress login popup, and the following steps will guide you through this process. For our tutorial, we'll use a free WordPress Gutenberg plugin – FireBox.

FireBox is the best WordPress popup builder based on the modern WordPress editor Gutenberg. This plugin helps you create popups that don't scare off your visitors and convert them into email subscribers & paying customers. You can build interactive popups, modals, floating bars, fullscreen overlays, slide-ins, and many more without hustling with any code and custom CSS.

FireBox also offers many pre-built popup templates, including the login form template. You need to insert the template, customize its look, set the trigger points, and you're done! By default, FireBox's login popup template is configured to get triggered on Page Load. You can select a different trigger point to display the login form popup when a certain link or button is clicked on a page.

So without any further ado, let's get started!

Step 1: Install and Activate the FireBox Plugin

First, you'll need to install and activate the lite (free) version of the FireBox plugin. 

Go to your WordPress admin area for installation and click Plugins > Add New.

Add new popup to WordPress

Next, type FireBox in the search bar, and once the plugin appears, click on the Install Now button next to it.

Install FireBox directly from your WordPress dashboard

Once the installation is complete, hit the Activate button to use the FireBox plugin on your WordPress website.  

Activate FireBox popup builder plugin

After successfully installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new menu entry named FireBox in your website's left sidebar.

Step 2: Select Popup Login Form Template

To add a modal popup login form to your WordPress, navigate to your site’s dashboard menu and click FireBox > Dashboard.

Go to the FireBox dashboard

This will take you to the FireBox dashboard. At the top of the page, click New Popup.

Create a new popup with FireBox

Clicking the tab will open the FireBox popup template library. Search for login and select the Popup Login Module template.

Select a login form popup template

Using the Preview button in the center, you can also live preview the template and check how it will look on different device types.

Step 3: Configure FireBox Settings

After inserting the login form template, you'll find different settings tabs of FireBox. You can tweak various popup aspects, such as its design, behavior, actions, publishing rules, and other advanced options. For example, in the Design section, you can configure the login form popup's size, color, margin, and animation.

Configure your popup's settings

You can even style the Close Button by customizing its size, color, and hover color.

Choose whether to show or hide the popup's close button

You can also add a custom Background Image to your login form popup.

Select the popup's background image

These are the design options you get with FireBox. Explore these features and customize your login form popup.

Since we're creating a WordPress login popup modal here, setting the right triggers is essential so the login form popups at the right time.

Move to the next step to set up the login form trigger.

Step 4: Select the Trigger to Open a Login Form Popup on a Button Click 

To choose your popup trigger type, navigate to the Behavior tab and scroll down the page to ‘Trigger Point.’

As mentioned, the login form template is configured to trigger on Page Load. We need to build a login popup that opens on a Button Click.

For that, select the Manually trigger option from the displayed trigger points.

Set the Manual popup trigger point in FireBox settings

By selecting this trigger option, the login form popup will only be triggered by external elements, such as a button or JavaScript. Don't forget to hit the Publish button after properly configuring your login form popup settings!

In case you are interested in learning more details on how you can properly display a popup on a button click in WordPress, check out our How to Create a Popup That Opens on a Button Click in WordPress tutorial

Step 5: Add Your WordPress Login Form Popup to Your Website

That's it! You've successfully created your first WordPress login popup modal. Now it's time to add a link or a button to the page to trigger the login form popup.

Open your WordPress page/post where you want to add the login form popup modal. After that, please search for the FireBox block and click on the block to add it to your page.

Use the FireBox Gutenberg Block to add a button to the page that will trigger the popup

Next, select the Login Module popup from the dropdown.

Select the popup you would like to trigger on click

After selecting the login form popup, make sure FireBox Action is set to ‘Open.’ Further, you can also customize the Button Text as per your preference. 

Step 6: Test Your WordPress Login Popup Modal

Finally, test your login form popup to ensure it works properly.

To test this out, open the page on your site's front end, fill out your login form, and submit.

Preview the login form popup on your WordPress site

Note: Test the login form popup in another browser or incognito window where you haven't logged in as an admin on your site

Create Your WordPress Login Form Popup Now!

I hope this tutorial helps you learn how to create your first login popup modal in WordPress. Next, if you want to showcase an interactive sticky floating bar, check out our detailed guide on how to create a sticky floating bar in WordPress.

FireBox comes with both Pro and Lite packages. You can create some basic WordPress popups using the free version, while the premium version of FireBox opens more powerful and advanced features. Click here to get your FireBox plugin now!

In the comments section below, let us know if you face any problems while building the FireBox plugin popups.


Technical Writer
Priyanka is a WordPress enthusiast who writes user-friendly technical articles for marketers, brands, and WordPress users. When she is not working, she is either cooking, singing, or traveling.