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I'm hoping that there's a way to host the Magento admin panel on a different box than I host the rest of my Magento install on. I'm not so worried about URLs - I can reverse proxy /admin in my web server config or use a subdomain.

The goal is to better manage resources for what is essentially two different sites - the admin panel and the store front end - and not have admin panel usage impact the web store.

Please let me know if your answer is theoretical or based on experience.


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It is possible. There is a setting in the admin panel you can adjust for your server.

Go to System > Configuration > Advanced > Admin > Admin Base URL

change the "Use Custom Admin URL" settin to yes and then insert the URL for your separate admin server.

This is also a good thread too if you wish to do it on the router or index.php side of things.

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