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Easiest way to rename wp-admin folder & keep site working? (8 posts)

  1. gazouteast
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    In osCommerce, the path for all the major folders are set in a config file, which then allows for moving those folders (admin, images, includes etc) anywhere the site owner wants within their hosting space. It also allows for renaming the folders from that same central file - so for example if you wanted to obfuscate your admin folder identity by calling it something like "switches" or "interchange" or whatever, the site owner can do so. The folders are assigned a string value in the defines, and the value is then called each time a script file needs it.

    Although WP has a path field for the uploads in the admin, there seems to be no other possibility to obfuscate or relocate / rename key folders such as wp-admin or wp-content.

    This is starting to emerge as a serious security flaw in the WP architecture as other recent threads in this forum have revealed (regarding a particular backup plugin's past behaviour).

    Would the WP devs like to take this thought into consideration and post back with a confirmation that custom pathing will be available in future releases of WP?

    Gaz

  2. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

  3. gazouteast
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Sam

    Why not just protect it? Because it is still there under the same name and protecting it causes the hackers to try and brute force it, leading to server load issues and suspended hosting accounts - far better to obfuscate and hide it (plus protect it) with a different name.

  4. magj
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I think that this is a must have feature:

    • Admin (and possibly wp-content) folder should be renamable without hacking.

    Regards

  5. neononcon
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    so this isnt possible?

  6. tommix
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    everything is possible..make a search to all wordpress files...and replace all wp-admin to your renamed name...i think this is the best way to do it. and ofcourse forget about upgrades automatic and so on..

  7. merk51
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply - I was looking for the same answer and found my way to this thread. I appreciate the time taken to answer it!

  8. insfilo
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I agree, there should be a feature to rename the admin login url.

    right now its not possible without modifying all dependencies to wp-admin. including plugins of course. too bad.

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