I recently copied over my live site along with database to my WAMP folder and now every time I try to get to the Backend, it redirects me to the homepage. I'm curious if there is something in the database that I have to change. I had to rewrite the core_config_data /base_url in order to get it to stop redirecting to the live site when I typed Localhost and I'm curious if it's an entry in my database that is causing it to reroute to the local Frontend. I've tried localhost/admin localhost/index.php/admin and others. Let me know if any code would help answer the question.

  • Have you flushed your local cache
    – pzirkind
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:10
  • How would I flush local cache without access to admin section?
    – jonullberg
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:23
  • go to the folder where the magento installation is, then go to var/cache and delete all of its contents
    – pzirkind
    Apr 11, 2013 at 20:25
  • Right, I knew that. Yes I've done that and I still get the same problem.
    – jonullberg
    Apr 11, 2013 at 20:28
  • It might be a cookie issue see:rhogue.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/…
    – pzirkind
    Apr 11, 2013 at 20:33

3 Answers 3


If you are being redirected, the question is, does magento anything or is it the apache.


  1. check whether the index.php is called (just put a die in it and check whether the redirect still occurs)
  2. check your .htaccess for any unwanted redirects
  3. Check your VHost settings


  1. check your app/etc/local.xml what the admin path is in the node admin/routers/adminhtml/args/frontName
  2. check for a admin url in core_config_data or the local.xml for the nodes admin/url/use_custom (has to be 1) and admin/url/custom for the url
  • Ok, so my frontName is <![CDATA[admin]]> and I can't find an admin URL in core_config_data or in admin/url/use_custom in local.xml. I think this might be the problem, but I'm curious as to how to fix it. Can I add those nodes in the local.xml and it will update?
    – jonullberg
    Apr 18, 2013 at 0:30
  • If there is nothing, then there is a fallback to the secure/unsecure base url Apr 18, 2013 at 9:41
  • Did you check whether the redirect is from magento or apache? Apr 18, 2013 at 9:42

Use instead of localhost.

  • Tried that, used and it didn't work. It gives me a 503 error. localhost/ and localhost/admin all send me back to
    – jonullberg
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:05
  • Have you checked the maintenance flag ?
    – Shaz
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:09
  • I found maintanence.flag.bak in my main folder, should I delete this?
    – jonullberg
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:22

Also you can make virtual host entry in your host file. you can find that file at Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts Open this file in notepad.

Make a new entry localhost.com

Now instead of use localhost.com (or any other name that you specify)

  • I already have that set up, both and localhost go to my WAMP server, the problem is trying to get to the admin section of the site. If I do localhost/admin, it goes back to the frontend homepage, if I do, it gives me an error page.
    – jonullberg
    Apr 18, 2013 at 0:25

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