Introduction

Authentication, Authentication management, Authentication Switch, Site Access

This plugin for the Joomla CMS allows selected administrators to log into registered user accounts using their own administrator passwords.

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Optionally this facility can be restricted to selected administrators only, or all administrators can be allowed to do this.

Since administrators use their own passwords these are encrypted and stored securely in the database as normal, so this should not compromise the security of your site. Additionally you can restrict the facility to selected IP addresses only. The plugin does not allow you to log in as another administrator.

This plugin works with the standard Joomla login and extensions that use this. Our tests show that it works with other extensions such as the Virtuemart customer accounts as well - it should work with any extensions that support Joomla authentication plugins and the core Joomla user account. Unfortunately Community Builder doesn't seem to support Joomla authentication plugins any more, so it is just not possible.

The plugin is compatible with all versions of Joomla 2.5 and 3.

Usage

Upload and install using the Joomla installer. Enable it in the plugin manager. Either set the 'enable all administrators' parameters to yes, or list the ids of selected administrators as a comma separated list in the 'Master User Ids' input box. If you wish to restrict by IP address then list allowed IP addresses as a comma separated list.

Now, if you are an administrator you can log into your site as another user by supplying the username plus your own administrator password. As far as the site is concerned you will be that user.

By popular demand, the plugin now sets a session variable which indicates when a user is logged in as a master user

Support

We are happy to receive feature suggestions, although, as it is a free extension. we prefer to keep it simple and will normally only include the most compelling.

Bugs

We are happy to receive genuine bug reports about the extension, because we do want to keep it working. However before you send us a report along the lines of 'I upgraded to Joomla version x.x.x and now master user has suddenly stopped working', please check that this is the only change you recently made on your site. It is rare for a Joomla update to suddenly break the plugin. It is more likely that you are using a login module that does not support authentication plugins - some Ajax ones do not. The solution in that case is to include a standard Joomla login module somewhere on your site which you can use to log in as a master user

News

Version 2.3.1 fixes the plugin constructor to be compatible with PHP7
Version 2.3.0 improved error handling and added a session variable.
Version 2.2.0 adds support for the Joomla updater
Version 2.1.4 is a security release for users of Joomla 3.4
Release 2.1.1 includes support for Joomla 2.5.18
Release, 2.1.0 now includes support for Joomla 3.2
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Super, super useful



Posted on 06 September 2016
Functionality
Does exactly what it needs to do. We tested some alternatives, but Master User is by far the most reliable.
Ease of use
Install, enable and it's ready to use. Two thumbs up.
Support
Documentation

Timesaver



Posted on 20 October 2015
Functionality
Works perfectly and enables us to create orders for customers
Ease of use
As simple as login in
Support
Never needed it
Documentation
Very clear and simple
I used this to: For our online store for years, many thanks.

Great plugin



Posted on 10 February 2015
Functionality
Working as intended, I also use email as username plugin for login, they are compatible
Ease of use
30 sec configuration, I highly recommand creating a custopm user group with one user and NO admin acces and use ONLY this account for access
Support
Documentation
Very explicit settings

Fantastic Plugin!



Posted on 31 October 2014
Thanks so much for making this plugin, and also making it free for use! It works wonderfully, and allows admins to access and change things as needed on our community systems. Thanks again!
We use this with our Joomla 3 & Community Builder site and we absolutely could not function without it!



Fantastic plugin - well done works exactly as expected, provided the CB configuration is set correctly as you say.
I give this an Average only because I am reading all of these other great reviews. The extension installed without a problem, and the settings are very straightforward, however I believe this is not working due to my use of Community Builder login. Having built with Drupal for many years, this is a feature I was really looking forward to using again.
Owner's reply: Hello, as we make clear in the description, the plugin will work with Community Builder if the login field type setting in the Community Builder configuration is set to 'Username, email or enabled CMS authentication plugins', otherwise it will not work - this is a limitation of the way that the community builder login system works, it is not a fault of the plugin. Giving the plugin a 3 star rating on the basis of this seems grossly unfair.

Just what I needed



Posted on 13 June 2014
Quick and easy. Just what I was looking for. Works without issues on J3.

Excellent Plugin



Posted on 23 June 2013
I've been using this and it works flawlessly.



Made my job supporting users so much easier.
Simple, ingenious, it works correctly and is really very useful.
Absolutely wonderful. Thanks for putting this up. You might want to add the community builder login tidbit into your general instructions, but other than that it is fantastic.
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Master User

Version:
2.3.1
Developer:
Fiona Coulter
Last updated:
Feb 05 2018
Date added:
Nov 18 2014
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Includes:
p
Compatibility:
3
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