I know this topic has been posted before, but my problem seems to be slightly different and also I am only a beginner and the previous answers were too complicated for me.

Here is my problem: I have been trying to move my website from Local to Live. I have successfully moved the files and the database. I can now access my home page, but my admin page can only be accessed by www.mydomain.com/index.php/admin, I want to access it through www.mydomain.com/admin. I have read that this is due to my mod_rewrite not working.

Can someone please tell me how to enable my mod_rewrite in simple terms?

My local server is MAMP. I am using cPanel. I have been using this step-by-step guide to move my website from Local to Live.

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The short answer is that the ability to use mod_rewrite to clean up the urls isn't available for admin, so all answers would be custom htaccess rules, which you have referenced you're not comfortable with.

@clockworkgeek has an extension that will do this, but I haven't tried it:


If you would like to proceed, there are some suggestions at the below link. The following quote is also a walkthrough of how it would be accomplished via htaccess:

I created a directory named “admin” in my document root. I then used a .htaccess file which restricted access to this directory.

In the site’s main .htaccess file, directly after the following line:

RewriteRule .* index.php [L]
I added these lines: 
# These lines rewrite /index.php/admin to /admin.
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/index.php/admin.*$
RewriteRule ^index.php/admin(.*) /admin$1 [R]

# These lines are needed to prevent Apache from serving
# up the /admin folders directory index when a request is
# made for "/admin" or "/admin/".
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/admin/?$
RewriteRule (.*) $1/dashboard

Now, If I go to a URL like this, http://www.mydomain.com/index.php/admin/index/index/key/mykey/

Source: http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/34357/

  • Thank you for your reply. I have had a look at the extension and I will think about installing it, if I do install it I will report back with how well it works. Before I started using MAMP and creating sites locally, I just created them on the live server, and my admin would always be located at www.mydomain.com/admin. But when I moved my site from local to live it changed to www.mydomain.com/index.php/admin. You have informed that mod_rewrite is not available to clean up URL's for admin, but do you know why my admin has moved to /index.php/admin in the first place? Thanks again
    – conor500
    May 31, 2013 at 20:38

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