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Admin Directory Security

What is this article about?

It is recommended for additional security that you rename your admin directory after installation. This way, it will be significantly harder for hackers to find your admin area or attempt any attack on breaking into it.

How to Rename the Admin Directory

Before making any changes, make sure to have a current backup of your files and your database.

1- Open your admin configuration file: admin/includes/configure.php

In this file, change all instances of /admin/ to your chosen name:

Change this section:

// NOTE: be sure to leave the trailing '/' at the end of these lines if you make changes!
// * DIR_WS_* = Webserver directories (virtual/URL)
// these paths are relative to top of your webspace ... (ie: under the public_html or httpdocs folder)
define('DIR_WS_ADMIN', '/admin/');
define('DIR_WS_CATALOG', '/');
define('DIR_WS_HTTPS_ADMIN', '/admin/');
define('DIR_WS_HTTPS_CATALOG', '/');

Change this section:

// * DIR_FS_* = Filesystem directories (local/physical)
//the following path is a COMPLETE path to your Zen Cart files. eg: /var/www/vhost/accountname/public_html/store/
define('DIR_FS_ADMIN', '/home/mystore.com/www/public/admin/');
define('DIR_FS_CATALOG', '/home/mystore.com/www/public/');

2- Rename your admin directory

Using your FTP software, find your Zen Cart™ /admin/ directory. Rename the directory to match the new name used in step 1 above when you edited your admin/includes/configure.php

Additional Information

For more information on site-security, see important_site_security_recommendations.html

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