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Admin Tools User's Guide

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the appendix entitled "The GNU Free Documentation License".

April 2014


This book covers the use of the Admin Tools site security component, module and plugin bundle for Joomla!™ -powered web sites. Both the free Admin Tools Core and the subscription-based Admin Tools Professional editions are completely covered.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started
What is Admin Tools?
The philosophy
Server environment requirements
Installing Admin Tools
Installing or manually updating the component and language files
Install from URL
Upload and install.
Manual installation
The installation / update broke my site!
Upgrading from Core to Professional
Automatic updates
Requesting support and reporting bugs
Quick Setup
2. Using Admin Tools
The Control Panel
Fixing the permissions of files and directories
Configuring the permissions of files and directories
Emergency Off-Line Mode
Protect your administrator back-end with a password
The .htaccess maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
Custom .htaccess rules
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
The NginX configuration maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
The Kitchen Sink (Expert Settings)
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
Web Application Firewall
Help, I have been locked out of my site's administrator area!
WAF Exceptions
WAF Blacklist
Administrator IP Whitelist
Site IP Blacklist
Anti-spam Bad Words
Geographic blocking
Security Exceptions Log
List of blocking reasons
Auto IP Blocking Administration
Auto IP Blocking History
Email templates
Database tools
The PHP File Scanner
How does it work and what should I know?
Scanning and administering scans
Reading the reports
Automating the scans (CRON jobs)
Automating the scans (front-end scheduling URL)
SEO and Link Tools
URL Redirection
Cleaning your temporary files directory
Protecting Admin Tools with a password
Import and Exporting Settings
Access Control
The "System - Admin Tools" plugin
Other plugins
The plugins powering the One Click Update feature
The CLI update notification and automatic update script
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