Since OpenCart is open source it can be a target for hackers since they already know the basic file structure and how the core code works. One of the easiest methods of securing your OpenCart dashboard is to rename the /admin/ folder. This will ‘hide’ the folder from scripts and hackers specifically looking for the ‘admin’ folder of OpenCart. Follow the steps below to change the /admin/ folder’s name. Don’t forget that once you do this, you’ll need to use the new path to access your admin dashboard.
Secure the Admin Folder
- Log into cPanel
- Click on File Manager
- Use file manager to navigadeleting-an-affiliate-account-in-opencartte to the folder containing the “admin” folder
- Right click on the “admin” folder and select “rename”
- Type in your new name for the “admin” folder (you can change it to whatever you want but the more obscure the name the better such as “ADMIN889723”)
- Now, open the /admin/config.php with the code editor (Remember, you changed the name of the folder. Replace ‘admin’ with the new folder name).
Important! There are several instances of “admin” throughout the config file. All instances must be changed for this to work.
Below in Red is the instances of admin you will need to change.
// HTTP define('HTTP_SERVER', 'https://test.domain.com/opencart/admin/'); define('HTTP_CATALOG', 'https://test.domain.com/opencart/'); // HTTPS define('HTTPS_SERVER', 'https://test.domain.com/opencart/admin/'); define('HTTPS_CATALOG', '>https://test.domain.com/opencart/'); // DIR define('DIR_APPLICATION', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/admin/'); define('DIR_SYSTEM', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/system/'); define('DIR_DATABASE', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/system/database/'); define('DIR_LANGUAGE', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/admin/language/'); define('DIR_TEMPLATE', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/admin/view/template/'); define('DIR_CONFIG', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/system/config/'); define('DIR_IMAGE', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/image/'); define('DIR_CACHE', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/system/cache/'); define('DIR_DOWNLOAD', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/download/'); define('DIR_LOGS', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/system/logs/'); define('DIR_CATALOG', '/home/userna5/public_html/opencart/catalog/'); // DB define('DB_DRIVER', 'mysql'); define('DB_HOSTNAME', 'localhost'); define('DB_USERNAME', 'userna5_ocar341'); define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); define('DB_DATABASE', 'userna5_ocar341'); define('DB_PREFIX', 'oc_');
- There should be 5 instances referencing the /admin/ folder that would need to be updated to the new name you changed the folder to
You can also add another layer of protection to the dashboard by password protecting the /admin/ folder. You can do this by following the tutorial on password protecting directories.
If you need further assistance please feel free to ask a question on our support center website.
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