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August 15, 2015 - Cathy

How To Change My Website URL

Every now and then, you might think about changing the URL of your WordPress website. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as easy as building a new version of your site in a subfolder and then moving it into your root directory. This is because WordPress relies on its URL settings to actually work! Moving your files and database will land you with a broken website. Oops! So if you’re looking to change website URL, here’s how to do it properly in a few easy ways:

Change Website URL – Edit wp-config.php

You can set your URL manually in your wp-config.php file. By adding the following two lines to your wp-config.php, your URL can easily and quickly be changed:

define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://domain.com');
define(‘WP_SITEUL’,’http://domain.com');

As an aside, this is not the best way to fix the URL – but it’s easy, and it does the job.

Edit Website URL – Edit functions.php

If you use FTP to access your site, this method is a quick way of getting your website back up to speed. First, FTP to the site and get a copy of the theme’s functions.php file. What you will be doing is editing in a text editor before uploading it back to the site. Add the following lines to your site:

update_option(‘siteurl’,’http://domain.com');
update_option(‘home’,’http://domain.com');

Then, upload the file (in the same location) back to your site. Finally, you can load the login page a few times and eventually your site will appear.

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Change WordPress URL Directly In The Databse

Here is another way to change WordPress URL:

  • First, backup your database.
  • Then login to phpMyAdmin and head over to your Databases. Here, you will see a list of your databases. You need to select your WordPress database.
  • You will now see the tables in your database. Find wp_options and click on “Browse.”
  • A screen will open, and you need to look for the field option_name. Scroll down and find site url.
  • Select the “Edit Field” tab and then change your URL to the new address in the option_value box.
  • Click “Go”, which saves your information.
  • You will now be back at your wp_options table. Click “Edit Field” and then change your URL information in the option_value box.
  • Finally, click “Go” to save.

You might also want to learn how to create PDF invoices, so don’t hesitate to go on reading!

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