The Control Panel

On screen we can access the CMS via two doors: the front door and the back door.

The back door is the CONTROL PANEL.

The Control Panel is where Super Users can administer every aspect of their website.


IMPORTANT: Administrator Username and Password 

Avoid the username 'Admin'. 

Instead choose a different name.

Reason: maintain website integrity and security.

Change your password on a regular basis.

Never tell anyone else your password.

Never select 'remember my password' when logging into your site, even from your own computer.

Read more: The Importance of Website Security.


Control Panel Layout

Use either:

  • the buttons on the left OR
  • the links in the drop-down menu bar at the top of the screen

to navigate the control panel.

control panel 

How to sign into the Control Panel 

To view the Joomla! CMS Control Panel in your browser address bar, enter your domain name followed by /administrator.

Example: www.yourdomain_name/administrator

In a WYNCHCO Website Design you will be preented with a login panel.

Enter your user name and password to access the control panel.


cp sign in


Are You Human?

If you see the screen below when trying to log into your website do not be alarmed!

Some hosting companies employ this device when detecting that you are visiting your website control panel from a different IP address than usual.

This is a useful safeguard against bots attempting a brute force attack on your website.

Confirm you are human and you will be presented with your usual control panel log in screen!

are you human

How to Sign Out of the Control Panel 

When you have finished editing your site in the Control Panel you should always remember to sign out.

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Select the Sign Out button - see top right or top left corner of the Control Panel.

Step 2: Confirmation: select OK.

Click on the image to view a larger version.

log out cp


How to sign in & out of the Control Panel