Am unable to login to my joomla site al of the sudden despite having the right credentials. I have changed the password via my phpadmin but in Vain. I tested it with wrong/non existent logins and am able to get the error message that username/password are not valid. However when I use valid logins, the site just refreshes and brings back the login panel. I have cross checked my configuration file and all looks okay.

Some one please help out.

  • Are you sure it's not something simple like having CAPS enabled? Are you getting anything in the PHP error log?
    – Lodder
    Sep 30, 2017 at 12:36
  • CAPs is not enabled
    – Bakersen
    Sep 30, 2017 at 13:00
  • What was the last change you did to your Joomla site, if any? Sep 30, 2017 at 20:25
  • @SheldonSeale Nothing, I was logging in as usual.
    – Bakersen
    Oct 1, 2017 at 15:07
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Probably your IP is banned. Change IP (use a vpn or restart your router) and try again.


I've tried it before.

Sometimes it was enough to delete files from the browser cache. Sometimes another browser and sometimes to set set the cookie domain and path in the configuration.php

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