I recently set up a new Linux server for development

Then I went to my production Linux server that has my current magento website. I modified the configuration to use a new url like https://developmentarea.mysite.com then i cleared out the magento cache. Then I zipped up all the magento files and mysqldump the database.

i moved everything over to the new linux server. Installed the magento site. I am able to see the product pages on this new development area.

When I go to the admin area, and I'm asked to login, I am unable to. I put in my username and password, press submit, and i'm redirected back to the login page. I notice that once i'm redirected back to the login screen, there is no error message saying I entered the wrong username or password. I see in the browser url that this bit has been added https://dev.mysite.com/index.php/admin/index/index/key/4727dbc6df408ace4070a39aa72f9289/. This leads me to suspect that I perhaps I actually did login, but was kicked back out.

Does anyone know why I can't login to the admin area even though the database should be a copy of the production but with all the urls changes?

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    Did you delete everything in /var/session/ ?
    – Natalie
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 22:57

2 Answers 2


I had the same issue a while back - These steps fixed it for me

1) In PHPMyADMIN run this query:

UPDATE `core_store` SET store_id = 0 WHERE code='admin';
UPDATE `core_store_group` SET group_id = 0 WHERE name='Default';
UPDATE `core_website` SET website_id = 0 WHERE code='admin';
UPDATE `customer_group` SET customer_group_id = 0 WHERE customer_group_code = 'NOT LOGGED IN';

2) Clear /var/cache/* and /var/session/*

3) Clear your browser cache/cookies

If that doesn't work make sure session and cache directories are writeable


Try this mysql query and check domain name is correct for all entries or not.

SELECT * FROM `core_config_data` WHERE `path` = "web/cookie/cookie_domain" or `path` LIKE "web/secure/base%" OR `path` LIKE "web/unsecure/base%"

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