Making the Dolphin 7.1 Admin Directory More Secure

Hello and welcome! In today’s blow I’m going to show you how to secure your Dolphin admin directory using the Htaccess file. Htaccess is part of the infrastructure of the Apache Web Server and allows us to control and regulate several features of our website. It should be mentioned that for this security measure to work, it requires you (and anyone else with admin access to your Dolphin website) have a “static” IP address. If you are unfamiliar with that term, a “static IP” is one that never changes. Most of the larger internet providers offer this service at no additional charge and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to add extra security restrictions to their server or hosting account.

We will start by opening the .htaccess file in our Dolphin admin directory using out favorite code friendly text editor. The file is located at http://www.yoursite.com/administration/.htaccess and it should look like this:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine off
</IfModule>

We are going to add the following lines ( 111.22.33.444 should be replaced with YOUR static IP address):
Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from 111.22.33.444

So when we are done, the file should look like this:
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine off
</IfModule>

Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from 111.22.33.444

Now save and close the file. If your changes were successful, no one can access the administration directory or admin panel except you! If you have other admins on your site, and they also have static IP addresses, you can add additional lines like this:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine off
</IfModule>

Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from 111.22.33.444
Allow from 222.11.33.666

That is all there is it to it! Enjoy your new level of security!

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2 Comments on Making the Dolphin 7.1 Admin Directory More Secure

  1. Julio Otero says:

    Hi,
    I would kike to know if this will work on other websites also?
    Regards,
    Julio

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