Not all e-commerce shops have only one manager, so it is sometimes necessary to have multiple logins. Fortunately, osCommerce does provide this option. This article will explain how to add or delete Administrators in osCommerce.

Creating or Deleting Administrators in osCommerce

Creating an Administrator

NOTE! On your first login to the Administrator section you will notice the big red graphic in the screenshot to the right. Steps are included for securing the admin logins that you create You can follow these steps manually, or when you first add an administrator you will see this option pop up as completed if you choose the checkbox labeled "Protect With htaccess/htpasswd." This feature and is highlighted in step #4 below.Red field showing the recommended security option using htaccess

  1. Login to the osCommerce Administrator Dashboard.
  2. Default Administrator screen to manage Admin loginsAt the left hand side of the screen you will see a menu. By default, the CONFIGURATION menu may already be open. If so, then select Administrators from the list. Otherwise, click on CONFIGURATION to expand it, then click on Administrators in the menu that appears.
  3. Add Administrator form on rightLook to the right of the screen, then click on the INSERT button. You will then see a New Administrator menu to the right.
  4. Confirms that htaccess/htpasswd changes are completedClick on the fields for User name and Password to add your new Administrator. After you finish adding these entries you have the option for Protect With htaccess/htpasswd.. Click the checkbox to add this feature. When you save, you will see a green bar at the top of the screen indicating that the added htaccess/htpasswd protection has been added. Shown in the screenshot at right.
  5. Click on the SAVE button at right in order to save your entries.

How to Delete an Administrator:

Note! If you are using the Mozilla Firefox browser and you delete all of the users using the htaccess/htpasswrd protection, you may encounter an issue where the browser is retaining the login information. The login for the remaining (unprotected) admin user will not let you login until you clear the browser cache, cookie and login information stored in the browser.

  1. Login to the osCommerce Administrator Dashboard.
  2. At the left hand side of the screen you will see a menu. By default, the CONFIGURATION menu may already be open. If so, then select Administrators from the list. Otherwise, click on CONFIGURATION to expand it, then click Administrators.
  3. When you enter this section you will see the current list of Administrators. Choose the one you want to delete, then click the DELETE button to the right.
  4. The deletion of the Administrator will not occur until you confirm it again. Click on the DELETE button again and the entry will be removed.

Using the Administrator menu in the osCommerce Administrator Dashboard, you can effectively manage your administrator-level users. Make sure to remove inactive users to help keep your ecommerce installation secure.

Continued Education in Course 202: Managing Users in osCommerce
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Section 2: Understanding Customer Registration in osCommerce
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