How to Build a Top Sliding Login Panel

Published On August 27, 2009
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Many times, I get requests from my clients who want to implement a Sliding Login Panel at the top of their WordPress blogs. With jQuery and the WordPress default login code, its very easy to build. Here is what it will look like :-


The above demo is only HTML code and will not work with your WordPress blogs. In order to implement it into your WordPress themes, here is what you have to do :-


In your wordpress theme (where you want to implement the sliding login panel), open up the header.php file. Paste the following code just before the head ending tag (< /head>) :-

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

The above script will call jQuery using Google API and also initiate the sliding effect into your login panel.


In the same header.php file, right after the body tag (< body>) starts, paste the following code :-

<div id="slide-panel"><!--SLIDE PANEL STARTS-->
<?php if ( ! is_user_logged_in() ){ ?>
            <div class="loginform">          
                    <div class="formdetails">
                    <form action="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>/wp-login.php" method="post">
                    <label for="log">Username : </label><input type="text" name="log" id="log" value="<?php echo wp_specialchars(stripslashes($user_login), 1) ?>" size="20" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
                    <label for="pwd">Password : </label><input type="password" name="pwd" id="pwd" size="20" />
                    <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Login" class="button" />
                    <label for="rememberme"><input name="rememberme" id="rememberme" type="checkbox" checked="checked" value="forever" /> Remember me</label><input type="hidden" name="redirect_to" value="<?php echo $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']; ?>" />
            <div class="loginregister">
                    <a href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>/wp-register.php">Register</a> | 
                    <a href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword">Recover password</a>
            </div><!--loginform ends-->
<?php } else { ?>
			<div class="loginform">
                    <h2>Control Panel</h2><ul>
                    <li><a href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>/wp-admin/">Dashboard</a></li> | 
                    <li><a href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>/wp-admin/post-new.php">Write new Post</a></li> | 
                    <li><a href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>/wp-admin/page-new.php">Write new Page</a></li> | 
                    <li><a href="<?php echo wp_logout_url( get_bloginfo('url') ); ?>" title="Logout">Logout</a></li></ul>
            </div><!--loginform ends-->
<?php }?>
</div><!--SLIDE PANEL ENDS-->
<div class="slide"><a href="#" class="btn-slide"><?php if ( ! is_user_logged_in() ){ ?>Login<?php } else { ?>Logout<?php }?></a></div><!--LOGIN BUTTON TEXT-->

The above code will integrate the sliding panel on top of your wordpress theme.


Now, all we are left with is styling the panel. Open up your style.css file and paste the following at the end of the file :-

* {margin:0; padding:0; outline:0;}
#slide-panel{ background-color:#000;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-width:2px;display:none;height:100px;margin:auto;}
.slide {width:950px; margin:auto;}
.btn-slide:link, .btn-slide:visited{color:#fff; float:right; display:block;font-size:14px; text-transform:uppercase; font-weight:bold;height:26px; padding:3px 0 3px 0;line-height:22px;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100px; background-color:#000; font-family:Arial;}
.loginform {width:950px; margin:auto;  color:#999; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;}
.formdetails {color:#FFF; font-size:12px;padding:5px;}
.formdetails input{border:none; padding:2px 5px 2px 5px; background-color:#EFEFEF;}
.loginregister {color:#999; padding:5px;}
.loginregister a:link, .loginregister a:visited {color:#FFF; font-size:11px; text-decoration:underline;}
.loginform h2 {padding:10px 10px 10px 0; font-size:18px; font-weight:normal; text-transform:uppercase;}
.loginform ul li {display:inline;}
.loginform ul li a:link, .loginform ul li a:visited {color:#FFF; font-size:12px; text-decoration:underline;}

Now, try running your theme. Voila! You have a fully functional Sliding Login Panel of your own! Let me know if you have any issues.

65 replies on “How to Build a Top Sliding Login Panel”

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I have done everything correctly, but the login isnt coming up correctly. I thought I saw something on a different page about editing their top margin so it would fit correctly…Im not positive if that is what I have to do, but can you please help me make this adjustment? Please go check out my site…when you click login, you will see that when it slides down, the form comes outside of the black slider. I am sure it is a very easy fix, but Im not sure how to do it and I don’t want to mess anything else up. Please help me asap! I don’t want to leave it up for too long. Thank you!

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imtiaz Reply

hi – installed but strange behvaiour.
On my homepage, once logged in, the applet doesnt appear to realise the user is logged in. However, when i change to another page on the site, the login changes to logout and it recognizes im logged in. When i go back to homepage it shows as logged out again. Bizzare. any ideas?

imtiaz Reply

looking closer… if i hit CTRL+f5 then it recognizes I am logged in at the homepage, but after initial login, this is not the case. Needs a refresh to acknowledge

Trivikram Reply

I Tried to debug the code to get the display in IE. There is a Dropdown menu in my home page , Now its not working. I think there is a Javascript error.


mmx Reply

I cant get it to work. Im using the mystique theme. And I dont know what chelle wanted to write about that code to remove as it didnt get pasted here. Anyone knows?

Chelle Reply

This worked perfectly for me. Thank you as always for awesome stuff I stumble across! A note if anyone is using this with a theme that already has javascript (such as one with a slider for example) you might need to eliminate the code:

from the beginning (but leave the rest of the script info) – that’s what I had to do at least to get my slider and this play nicely together 🙂

Bruno Reply

Hi Celle,

Can’t make my slider and the sliding panel work together in my website, and the code isn’t showing in your message. Can you post it again?

Thanks a lot!!!

Art Eppley Reply

Hey, I’ve implemented this, however, I can’t figure out why my menu and a few other elements “show through. Is there something I can put in your CSS to make it appear “overtop? or a content push might be ok…

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Hi everybody this is such a must get feature.What’s both amazing and surprising is that this feature attracts visitors to register onto your site.Just take your hat off to he who did that tut out.
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Scott Reply

One last question. Would there be anyway to put the recover password and register forms in the slider as well? This is preferable to having links to the existing pages. Thanks again for the help.

Scott Reply


Dis regard my last comment (and the email I sent) – I fixed my problem. It was on my end, and erroneous margin in my CSS. Thanks so much for the tut guys – this was exactly what I needed!

Scott Reply

I’m setting up a website for a client and I’ve implemented this as you said and everything works great, except for one small thing. When the panel slides out it adds some unwanted space between the browser (where the slide panel should start) and the beginning of the panel. This makes it so you can see a piece of the background image – which of course shouldn’t happen. The website is – any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

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Great thanks a lot !!! but does it works with blogger , becasue I’m using Blogger and this is my blog


Anthony Reply

these steps you have explained did not work for me.. i followed the same exact steps you introduced in this blog.. can you please help me. thanks, you may email me anytime

Zugvogel Reply

This is great. I love it.
Maybe it could be useful to change the arrow next to the login handle.
just to make clear, that you can close the panel, when you click the handle again.

Josh Stauffer Reply

Dang, that was easy. Thanks for breaking it down for us. It is sometimes amazing how something so simple can make visitors go “”Woh!” when they visit a site.

Thanks Jai!

Jai Reply

@Adam W. Warner:- What Justin Tadlock built is a widgetized panel where you can put your sidebars etc. (also your code if you know what you are doing). But for some strange reason, the plugin didn’t cut it for me. So, I built a hard coded panel that will 100% work if you integrate into your theme.

@baloot:- Yes, Baloot. Black is always more elegant.

baloot Reply

jai, thanks a lot for this wordpress login tips. i will apply to my blog asap. i really love this style. i can see this style on DIYTHEMES.COM. it was yellow color. 🙂 but i really love BLACK… looks more elegant, right jai?

well jai, have a nice weekend!

Adam W. Warner Reply

This is great and informative, however, Justin Tadlock already built this into a plugin here:

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