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My site will be maintained mostly by myself, and maybe 1 or 2 others. I want to know if it's possible if the back end can be managed from a different folder structure?

ie. www.example.com <- user sees content here.

www.example.com/admin-portal/joomla/ <- backend here.

Basically users will never know where the admin portal is.

  • Trying to play games like that with a CMS doesn’t ever really prevent security issues since most hacking attempts—and successes—happen because of flaws in the overall CMS structure & not just the admin page. So if your system is public to the world—like most systems—it will be at risk. – JakeGould May 5 '14 at 17:45
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    This question might be a good question to ask on the new Joomla Stack Exchange site. However, like JMC suggests below, I don't think this is realistically possible unfortunately. I think that perhaps the better solution is to simply restrict access (by IP, etc.) to the administrator backend if possible. – MrWhite May 5 '14 at 19:24
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I don't know much about the newest versions of joomla, but looking this up on the web shows that some features of the admin portal are hard-coded to the default admin URL. People recommend password protecting the admin directory through .htaccess for better security. The other option is to use extensions, but as a general rule I hate using extensions to change core functionality, because it can make upgrades tedious.

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  • Exactly, I only know of extensions and having dealt with those in WordPress, made upgrades really awful. Looks like I'll stay away from using a CMS and build my own then. Thanks! – user38381 May 5 '14 at 15:36
  • If you have the skills to build your own CMS it should be easier to use those skills to make a CMS more secure than out of the box. – Simon Hayter May 5 '14 at 16:40
  • @bybe, I agree with you, but he probably means a static html,css,js site. – JMC May 5 '14 at 16:42
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If you're using a recent version of Joomla you can use the well respected Akeeba AdminTools, which in it's latest version added Admin cloaking to the free version.

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