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Joomla – User Authentication Using External Database (MySql)


Yesterday it was my first experience in working on a Joomla website. I was asked to develop a new site in Joomla for an existing site which had many existing registered users. So the first challenge for me was to allow those existing registered user to be able to login & use the new website with their existing credentials.

After a lot of search on Google, I found very useful plug-in MySql Auth Plugin for Joomla 1.5 which I thought I should share with you all.

MySql Auth Plugin for Joomla 1.5 let authenticate users against an external MySQL database and is fully configurable from Admin area. You can configure the host, port, database name, user data table, username column, password column, first name column, last name column and email column from the Manage Plugin section in the admin.

Below are the screen shot of MySql Auth Plugin administration panel

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MySql Auth Plugin for Joomla 1.5

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MySql Auth Plugin for Joomla 1.5

If you have a similar requirement, I would 100% recommend this plugin to you.

Hope this post saves you time 🙂