How do I move important Joomla files outside public_html?

Prohibiting direct web access to important Joomla! files by placing them outside your public_html directory is a good practice in terms of security.

For example, if you want to move the main configuration file (configuration.php) of your Joomla! outside the public_html directory, you can do that by following these instructions:

  • Move the configuration.php file to a safe directory outside of public_html and rename it however you want. For the purpose of this article we have chosen to name the file joomconf.original.php
  • Create a new configuration.php file in your public_html directory containing only the following code:

require( dirname( __FILE__ ) . '/../joomconf.original.php ' );

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