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How to change the WordPress URL


This article will explain how to change your WordPress Urls.

It is highly recommended that you make a backup of your database before continuing. If you don't know how please read How to Backup a MySQL Database

The URLs in the database need to point to the actual location of your site. If they do not, the site will not work correctly.

What You Need

To perform this task you will need the following Items.

Access phpMyAdmin

These steps explain how to access phpMyAdmin.

  1. From your account cpanel, go to the databases group of icons, and click on phpMyAdmin.
  2. When prompted log in with your cPanel username and password.
    The phpMyAdmin login screen.
    The phpMyAdmin login screen.
  3. From the list of databases, select the database for your WordPress site.
    The phpMyAdmin database list.
    The phpMyAdmin database list.

Enter new URLs

These steps explain how to change the URLs in the database.

  1. In the table list, click on the options table
    Note: In our example the table prefix is "wp_" the prefix varies from site to site so don't worry if yours is different.
    The WordPress options table.
    The WordPress options table.
  2. Click edit next to the siteurl row
    The edit link.
    The edit link.
  3. Enter the new url into the option_value box
    Note: The urls in the database need to point to the actual location of your site. If they do not, the site will not work correctly.
    The option_vaule box.
    The option_value box.
  4. Click the Go button.
  5. Repeat these steps for the homeurl

The WordPress URLs will now be set to what you entered.

Now that the site URL's have been changed its a good idea to update your permalink structure as well. These steps explain how.

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Hover over the settings link, in the menu that appears click on permalinks
  3. Without making any changes to your settings click the save button at the bottom.

The permalinks are now up to date

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