How to change Joomla Admin Folder Name or Path ?

Many times people ask me, how you secure your joomla website,specially how to protect your admin side of website.So I think about to change the admin url.
By default, every joomla programmer know the default url of admin directory i.e. .

So I want to hide or just don’t want to give direct access to that url, after googling, found that changing the folder name ‘administrator’ to ‘myadmin” & change the ,

define( ‘JPATH_ADMINISTRATOR’, JPATH_ROOT.DS.’administrator’ );  to


in the ‘includes->defines.php’ & ‘administrator->includes->defines.php’ doesn create some problem in thired party component.

So finally I found another trick which work for me, is as below.

1. Create a new directory in your root directory (eg. “myadmin”)
2. Create an index.php file in your “myadmin” directory..

header(“Location: ../administrator/index.php”);

3. Add this to the beginning of index.php in real administrator folder
#administrator/index.php (modify , **do not replace**)
if ($_COOKIE[‘JoomlaAdminSession’] != “999999999”)
header(“Location: ../index.php”);
This works for me, I hope it will help others also.
Posted in Joomla 1.5
4 comments on “How to change Joomla Admin Folder Name or Path ?
  1. saroj says:

    i have try above code but only redicter to to real adminstrator folder when i typ myadmin.

    i want to change adminstrator to myadmin for security.


  2. Deloris says:

    Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and
    found that it is really informative. I am gonna watch out for brussels.
    I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Many people will
    be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  3. In the First method. the templates and css are not working..

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