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Joomla Administrator Session Time Out: Quick Fix

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In what is quickly becoming my extensive experience with Joomla, I have found the single most irritating aspect of the system to be the session time out when using the Administration panel. This time limit can be changed through your global settings, but if you're like me and you work in a world of policies and regulations, you may not have the proper clearance to change this setting.

In my case, while I have full access to change this setting in my Joomla installation, I lack these permissions on paper. Meaning that by company policy, I am not allowed to change the session time out parameters. That task is reserved for the SysAdmin.

As such, my Administrator login expires after 15 minutes of inactivity.

I spend much of my time in windows other than my Joomla Administration panel - be it in Notepad++ modifying code directly or in Word making changes to text copy or in Gimp or Photoshop working kinks out of the graphics or in Toad for MySQL making manual edits to the database (or on a phone call or a bathroom break or any number of other random inconveniences throughout the day). And in each of these instances, the Joomla system logs me out every 15 minutes... and it annoys me to no end.

If you have found yourself in a similar situation, there is an easy solution. The Joomla Administration panel will not log you out if you are editing a template. So, each time I open my Admin panel, I first go to Template Manager -> Templates -> *select template* -> Edit main page template. I minimize this window and open a new window to the Joomla Administration panel. As long as the Template Manager: Edit File screen remains open, the Administration system will not end your session and you won't find yourself having to re-enter your login information every 25 minutes.

Happy Joomlaing!

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29 August 2012 - 01:16 PM
Seems like an excessive work around (especially if, say, you forget to lock your pc, or a hand spasm that screws with their page placement, etc), but I think we've all been there!


29 August 2012 - 01:37 PM
I know I'm running the risk of asking a stupid question here, but wouldn't it be easier to talk to your SysAdmin? Or is it safe to assume that he or she is a dead end?


30 August 2012 - 07:48 AM
Complete dead end. Anything on campus that can possibly have a session or login time out limit is set at 15 minutes. Every computer on the network auto-locks after 15 minutes, every network-wide application ends the session after 15 minutes of inactivity. I don't know who decided on the 15 minute limit, but it's the standard time allotment across campus.


18 September 2012 - 04:34 PM
You could just have the browser window auto refresh every 14 minutes or so.



19 September 2012 - 12:52 PM
Nice. Thanks for that!
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