Occasionally we might have the need to add a second administrator to our Dolphin Admin Panel. Maybe you are having someone install a modification. Maybe someone is checking your admin panel for you. Or maybe you just want to give a member of your team administration access.

This guide will show you how to add a second administrator. You will need to be familiar with PhpMyAdmin which you will find in most hosting accounts such as cpanel and most of the other popular ones.

Screen shots will be for version 6.1x but this one can overall be used for many other versions. The same concept can be applied to most other scripts too.

Incidentlly if you installed Dolphin and haven't really did much with it yet, and maybe you forgot what the original Admin/Password combination you set up, you can use this as a reference how to change the password without the need to re-install the whole thing over again.

It is a good idea to download and backup your database before attempting this. Overall this is relatively easy, but if you are not comfortable with this or not that familiar with phpmyadmin be sure you read this carefully and follow along.

Now that you have downloaded a backup database login to your hosts control panel area, find and open phpmyadmin and select your database.

You should see something similar to this. You want to find the Table "admins" and select the action "Browse" as pictured.
Admin Table


On the next screen you will find your admin login and password. The password is md5 encrypted, so you cannot just change it to "password". You will need to use an online tool to convert a password to md5 format.
Admin Login & Password

There are a number of sites that work well. I'll use http://www.md5-creator.com/ for this example. I am going to add a second administrator with the login: adminfrank and password: frankspassword.

So let's go over to http://www.md5-creator.com/ and we need to generate a md5 encrypted/formatted password for frankspassword. I enter frankspassword and click the "Create Md5" button.

You want to make sure you copy the "frankspassword in MD5" area as pictured here which is: 249335e4fbc42a2dfa382cc597b4bae5
MD5 Creator

Now back in phpmyadmin we want to select "Insert" at the very top of this screen. Be sure you are actually on this screen, you don't want to insert it somewhere else by accident. You want it in the "admins" table.


Now on this screen we will input the adminfrank in the "Name" field and in the "Password" field the MD5 password we just generated 249335e4fbc42a2dfa382cc597b4bae5. Now just click the "Go" button.
Update Name & Password

You will be brought to a screen like this. Click your "Database" at the top of the screen as pictured to return to the main area.
Return to Main Area

Now find the Table "admins" again...Notice there are 2 Records. One for your original login/password and a second for adminfrank. Click on "Browse" to double check and verify as pictured.
Browse for the changes

And there we go. There is your admin/password as well as the new one for adminfrank/password.
New Admin - Password

You can just close out phpmyadmin now.

Then just verify the logins both work by going to your Dolphin admin panel and enter your login/password, then log-out and try the new login/password, in this example adminfrank/frankspassword. Then, log-out and let adminfrank know is login/password details and where to access the admin panel address.

If you ever want to change adminfranks password just generate a new MD5 encrypted password and update it in phpmyadmin. You can also delete adminfrank from phpmyadmin if frank is no longer with you.

Now obviously you would use something other than adminfrank/frankspassword, but I think you get the idea.

When you add and give someone administration access like this, they will be able to do everything that you can. This means they can add, delete, ban, suspend members. They can create and update forums, approve or deny pictures, audio, video, etc..etc.

So be certain if you give someone administration access you really trust them.

Good Luck!!


Written By
Tutorial by: Jeremy LeSarge (AKA Ray)

I am the owner and administrator of DialMe.com. I write Tutorials for Boonex Dolphin as well as tips and resources surrounding website programming and development. I enjoy working with WordPress, SEO, and Web Hosting / Servers. I also maintain a WordPress Blog here on this site where you will find a variety of technology and webmaster resources.

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