When a user tries to log in and fails because the username or password is incorrect, he is redirected to the ugly EE error page saying "The existing username and/or password you submitted are not valid". How can I redirect to a custom page (basically the same log in page with a little red error message added to it) instead? The EE user guide doesn't seem to say anything.

  • Have you simply looked into updated the User Message templates? Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 17:19
  • Or you could look at Custom System Messages (boldminded.com/add-ons/csm) It also supports ajax so you don't need to reload the page at all
    – joedixon
    Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 17:56
  • I had never noticed the User Message templates (this is my first EE site), thanks for the tip!
    – Madc
    Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 18:01

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Is this within an EE template? Or are you talking about logging into the control panel?

If you're talking templates, you may want to use ObjectiveHTML's add-on Authenticate. Works like a charm and returns errors inline (if that's what you're looking for instead of EE's default page).

  • Well that's a cool add-on. I was going to use the Custom System Message (devot-ee.com/add-ons/custom-system-messages) add-on but this is definitely cooler (ok, mostly because it's free), thanks
    – Madc
    Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 13:42

Take a look at FreeMember, which lets you display inline error messages for your login/registration templates, as well as update the user's profile details etc.

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