Joomla 3.0 – How to Remove the Admin Auto Logout Time

by Elaine on January 8, 2013

Joomla 3.0 TutorialJoomla 3.0 has a built in feature to Auto Logout the Admin after 15-20 mins of inactivity.  This is sometimes very annoying as an administrator because for example, sometimes creating an article will take longer than 20 minutes.  After you save the article, the admin login is already timed out and you need to login again.  I lost count the number of times I had to re-login because of this time out feature.  This Admin Logout Time or Admin Expiration time needs to just go away.   Is there an easy way to extend or change this auto logout time?  I’ve searched the backend but could not find an easy way but found this really simple and light weight plugin that does the trick.  The plugin is free and available in the Joomla Extension Directory (JED).  The Plugin name is ‘Admin Forever‘.

OMG does it ever work like a charm! I love this plugin.  I left my website sit for about 30 minutes and when I returned it did NOT auto logout the administrator.

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Steps below are how to Install & Enable the Plugin – Admin Forever
  1. Search for ‘Admin Forever’ in the JED
  2. Download and Install the Plugin in Joomla 3.0
  3. Go to Plug-in Manager
  4. Activate the Plugin in Plug-in Manager
  5. Admin Forever Plug-in is Enabled

Steps:

1.  Search for ‘Admin Forever’ in the JED

Admin Forever is a free Plugin in the JED.  This simple plugin will prevent admin session expiration, so you will never be logged out when you don’t want it to happen.

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  • Go to the JED
  • Search for ‘Admin Forever’
  • Download the ZIP file

2.  Download and Install the Plugin in Joomla 3.0

Download and install the plugin.  You can follow my tutorial here on how to install a Joomla 3.0 Plugin.

3.  Enable the Plugin in Plug-in Manager

Now you must enable the plugin in the Plug-in Manager.  You can follow my tutorial here on how to enable a plugin in the Plug-in Manager.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.

Thanks,

Elaine

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Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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