How to Change your magento admin path

Why you should change magento admin path ?

By default magento store admin can be accessed by adding a /admin to your store url.  This is known to anyone who knows magento and also available to hackers and bots. Hackers can brute-force to gain access to your store and eventually if your admin login are not strong enough they can easily break it. According to magento shoplift vulnerability (SUPEE-5344 patch) magento indicated that your store backend should not be known to public.

Here is how to change magento admin path

Wondering how to change magento admin path ? Magento gives a very easy way to change magento admin path to anything of your choice. Here are the steps to change your magento store url –

  • Connect to your store ftp and navigate to to app/etc from your magento setup root directory
  • Open local.xml
  • Look for the following code snippet in the file
    <admin>
    <routers>
    <adminhtml>
    <args>
    <frontName><![CDATA[admin]]></frontName>
    </args>
    </adminhtml>
    </routers>
    </admin>
  • Change admin word to something else you want. Lets say we want to set it to nothinghere so the code will like below –
    <admin>
    <routers>
    <adminhtml>
    <args>
    <frontName><![CDATA[nothinghere]]></frontName>
    </args>
    </adminhtml>
    </routers>
    </admin>

Flush your magneto cache and access your magento store with your new admin url.

Online store keeps lots of confidential information about your business & customers and its important to maintain website security. Platform like magento is available to hackers who continuously keep finding easy ways to break the security of your magento store.

Keeping the core code up to date is one the best way to keep your store secure. Magento 2 is much more secure, robust, fast & friendly.

Upgrade your store to magento 2 if you haven’t done yet. Checkout my post “Migration to magento 2. Are you still thinking ?” in case you are not able to make a decision. I have highlighted some of the important benefits & advanced features of magento 2 over its former version magento 1.

However, this migration process is not that straight forward. Look to hire a magento development agency who can help you through the entire migration process.

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