I have to move and update a very old Joomla-1.5 website. Since I moved it, the frontend login doesn't work anymore but the backend login does. When I try to log in, the page is just reloading. It doesn't matter if I use wrong or right login data.

In the database, I get entries in the session table but they do not contain any information about the user. So it doesn't seem to be a session issue.

New site: http://cig-online.de/intranet/joomla/index.php

Old site: http://christen-im-gesundheitswesen.de/

Does anyone have any idea where I can look next?


  • The new page is loading for me. Please add your solution and mark this question as answered.
    – Terry Carter
    Dec 29, 2016 at 22:25
  • @TerryCarter Yes, the page is loading but I can't log in. When I try to log in, the page is just reloading Dec 29, 2016 at 23:48
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    please check if there is any overrider created for this module. It shows a number after hitting the login button and then reloads back
    – Liz.
    Dec 30, 2016 at 6:57
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    @Liz. thank you! It looks like that number was the problem. Deleting the function solved the issue. Dec 30, 2016 at 19:52

2 Answers 2


Most likely the issue is that you haven't modified the tmp path and the log path in the configuration.php file to reflect the new environment.


From the comments, it looks like this one is solved but in case others find this question, some things to check when a moved website is not working as expected:

  • the .htaccess file (in particular, check the RewriteBase /, Options +FollowSymLinks lines or any non-standard lines - compare with htaccess.txt for the default settings)
  • the configuration.php file, check tmp and logs paths are correct, try setting $live_site = ''; if it's not already
  • check for any php.ini files in the root folder and also in the /administrator folder - php.ini files are often not needed any more as you can configure PHP settings via cPanel or similar
  • try disabling URL Rewriting in Global Configuration

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