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How to Easily Update URLs When Moving Your WordPress Site

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Do you want to update your URLs after moving your WordPress site?

It can be time-consuming to manually edit each post or page just to replace old site URLs. Luckily, there are WordPress plugins that help you automate the process of updating old URLs.

In this article, we will show you how to easily update URLs when moving your WordPress site.

How to Update URLs when Moving your WordPress Site

Here is a list of topics we will cover in this guide:

When Do You Need to Update URLs on Your WordPress Site?

Let’s suppose you moved a WordPress site to a new domain name. You can then change the WordPress address and site address by visiting the Settings » General page from your WordPress dashboard.

Changing WordPress and site URLs

However, this doesn’t change the URLs that you have previously added to your posts and pages. It also doesn’t change the URLs of images you have added to your WordPress site.

Changing all of these URLs manually in every blog post and page can be time-consuming. Plus, there is always a chance that you will miss some URLs, which can lead to broken links on your website.

That’s why it is important to update your URLs when moving your WordPress website.

It helps in providing a smooth user experience for your users, as they will easily find the page they’re looking for. Updating URLs also improves your WordPress SEO and allows search engines to find new content for indexing.

Last but not least, you also want to ensure there are proper 301 redirects set up from your old domain to the new domain so users are always redirected to the right place.

This is extremely important because there are likely other websites that are linking to your old domain, including social media posts, Google, and more.

With that said, let’s see how you can quickly and easily update URLs when migrating your WordPress site.

Update URLs After Moving a WordPress Site

The easiest way to update old links on your website is by using the Go Live Update Urls plugin for WordPress. It is a free WordPress plugin that lets you update URLs in your posts, pages, images, excerpts, widgets, and more.

However, make sure that you have a complete backup of your WordPress site before updating all the links. This will allow you to easily revert back in case something goes wrong during the update process.

Next, you will need to install and activate Go Live Update Urls on your site. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you should navigate to Tools » Go Live from your WordPress admin panel.

Select core tables to update

On this page, you can update URLs in your posts, comments, options, user data, and other areas of your site by checking the WordPress core tables options in the plugin.

WordPress core tables are where all your website data is organized and stored. For example, a wp_comments table will have all the information about comments on your site, along with data about the person commenting.

Besides that, the Go Live Update Urls plugin also lets you update old URLs in the data used by different plugins on your website. However, this is an optional step, and you can skip it.

Update URLs in plugin data

Next, you will need to scroll down to the section for updating the old links to the new site URLs.

Go ahead and enter the ‘Old URL’ and ‘New URL’ in the respective fields.

Enter old and new URL

Once that’s done, simply click the ‘Update Urls’ button. The plugin will now update all the URLs on your site to the new domain.

Redirect Posts & Pages After Updating URLs

After you have updated all the URLs on your website, you will now need to set up 301 redirects for your entire site to the new domain. This will preserve links from sites that were linking to your old domain and prevent 404 errors.

The easiest way of performing a full site redirect is by using the All in One SEO (AIOSEO) plugin. It is the best SEO WordPress plugin and is trusted by over 3 million professionals.

AIOSEO offers a powerful redirection manager that lets you redirect old website URLs to new ones in just a few clicks. The plugin also helps track 404 errors on your site so you can quickly find and fix any broken links.

For this tutorial, we will be using the AIOSEO Pro version because it includes the redirection manager and other features like sitemaps, custom breadcrumbs, and schema markup. You can also try the free version of AIOSEO to get started.

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate the AIOSEO plugin on your site. If you need help, then please refer to our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will need to go to All in One SEO » Dashboard from your WordPress admin panel. Now click the ‘Launch the Setup Wizard’ button to configure the plugin.

AIOSEO dashboard launch setup wizard

All you have to do is follow the steps in the setup wizard. For more information, see our detailed tutorial on how to set up All in One SEO for WordPress.

1. Setting Up Full Site Redirects

This method is super useful when you are merging two separate WordPress sites into one or if you are going to set up a new WordPress install for the new domain because it will handle a full site redirect without adding any code.

Simply head over to All in One SEO » Redirects from your WordPress admin area and click the ‘Activate Redirects’ button.

Activate AIOSEO redirects

Upon activation, you will need to navigate to the ‘Full Site Redirect’ tab and enable the ‘Relocate Site’ toggle.

Next, you can enter your new domain name in the ‘Relocate to domain’ option.

Full site redirect

After entering your new domain URL, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings. AIOSEO will now redirect all the links on your site to the new URL.

2. Setting Up Individual Post / Page Redirects

AIOSEO also offers different types of redirection methods that you can use to set up individual post and page redirects.

We recommend selecting the ‘301 Moved Permanently’ redirection type. This tells your browser that the page has been moved to a new destination permanently, and you don’t wish to move it back.

Add redirection for old links

Once you have filled out these details, simply click the ‘Add Redirect’ button.

You can see the different redirects you have created by scrolling down and viewing the logs.

Redirection logs in AIOSEO

You can see the URLs, the number of people that visited the link, the type of redirection you have set, and also choose whether to enable or disable the redirect.

In the ‘Settings’ tab under Redirects, you can choose to set up server-level redirects as well, which are way faster. The default method is set to PHP, which is the easiest way to redirect old URLs, and it doesn’t require any server-side configuration.

But you can select ‘Web Server’ as the redirection method and then choose either Apache or NGINX as your web server. We won’t recommend this method for beginners as it requires technical knowledge.

Select the Redirect Method

When you update your URLs to a new domain, it is also essential to keep an eye on any broken links. These are links that no longer exist and show a 404 error page. They can occur if any URL doesn’t get updated properly.

With AIOSEO, it is very easy to track and fix 404 error pages using the Redirection Manager.

To begin, you can head over to All in One SEO » Redirects from your WordPress dashboard.

Next, go ahead and click the ‘Settings’ tab under Redirects and then click on the toggle to enable the ‘404 Logs’ and ‘Redirect Logs’ options.

Enable 404 logs

Using AIOSEO, you can choose the time period to keep your 404 error logs. We recommend that you select no longer than one month for smooth and optimal WordPress performance.

Once you have enabled these options, click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the top of the page to store your settings.

You should now see a new ‘404 Logs’ tab appear under Redirects in AIOSEO. Under this tab, the plugin will track and show 404 error pages on your website.

An important thing to note is that you won’t see any data under the 404 Logs tab at first. The plugin will only start to record broken links after you have enabled the settings.

However, once the setting has been active for some time, go ahead and click on the ‘404 Logs’ tab. You’ll see a list of broken links under the URL column, the number of visits under the Hits column, and the last accessed date.

Click 404 logs menu option

To fix any broken link, simply click the ‘Add Redirect’ button for the respective URL. AIOSEO will now show options to set up redirection for the 404 error URL.

You will need to enter the new link under the ‘Target URL’ field and select ‘301 Moved Permanently’ as the Redirection Type from the dropdown menu.

Add redirect for your broken link

Next, go ahead and click the ‘Add Redirect’ button to fix the broken link on your website.

To check if the redirection is working, simply visit the old URL. If you are redirected to the new URL, then it means you have successfully fixed 404 error pages.

Our Best Guides on Moving Your WordPress Site

Now that you know how to update URLs when moving to a new domain name, you might want to see some of our other guides on how to move your website:

We hope this article helped you learn how to update URLs when moving your WordPress site. You may also want to see our guide on how to get a free SSL certificate or our expert picks of the best email marketing services for small businesses.

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  2. mohadese esmaeeli says

    I know that if, for any reason, I decide to change my site’s domain, I need to consider some crucial points to preserve its SEO. How long does it take for our links to return to their previous positions in Google search results?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      There is no guaranteed timeframe for your page rankings, following the steps from this guide will help with minimizing the time the rankings may have trouble.


  3. Eric B says

    WOW!! This was incredibly easy and fast. I am blown away on how seamless this was. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Ben Jamir says

    I installed activated, unfortunately, it failed to change the images URL. After switching my site to https, i had to change my site address to a non-www
    Example : from to

    SSL is properly activated, my site is up but most of the images still points to the www version of my site.

    The plugin report was zero changes done for all attachment files.

    Any idea or advice will be helpful

    Thank you

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to ensure the options were checked below the url and that the url you entered was correct as well for the most common reasons


  5. Ben Jamir says

    I am impressed with all the positive comments. I am planning to install and try this plugin for changing my image URLs.
    One thing I want to know is that if the plugin succeeds and does what it’s supposed to do, do we need to keep the plugin installed and activated?
    Once the job is done can we deactivate the plugin?
    Will deactivating the plugin reverts the changes it made ???

    Thank you

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You can delete Velvet Blues after it has updated your URLs without them being reverted


  6. Caroline says

    I tried Velvet Blues Update URLs, but it doesn’t work in custom fields. Is there any other way to update custom fields?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Did you check the option for it to update custom fields? You may want to reach out to the plugin’s support if that option isn’t having it update your fields


  7. Abdessamad says

    Thanx for this article it was very helpful, I have a question though, Is there a way to automatically remove the old urls from my database ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on what you mean, this method should handle links in posts and pages but in general, if you have your old url in plugins we do not have a recommended method at the moment.


  8. Linda says

    Thanks for telling us about this plugin. Haven’t tried it yet, but will soon. I was working away on the subdomain we’re using to create our new site, and adding links when I suddenly thought, “Bet these links don’t get updated automatically. Do I need to record every one I’ve created so I can update it later?”

    So glad to know there’s a plugin that will do most of this for us.j

    Thank you,


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Well done, you can certainly update your links manually, the plugin is an option for those who don’t want to manually go through all of their content on their site to update the links :)


  9. Dionne says

    Hi there,

    I managed to update all textlinks using broken link checker. But buttons (wp bakery) are not affected. Will this plugin update the link in buttons too?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to check with WPBakery to see if it currently allows this type of editing


  10. Nidhi says

    Hey will it change all my Quicklinks in each page go my footer. I have different Quicklinks and buttons to the specific pages and all the links needs to be changed. SO will it work ???

    Also my wordpress website is under wordpress folder so the link also mention the wordpress folder on the website If I will change the folder name and then put a link in
    old saying “www.example.test/wordpress” and
    new saying “”

    SO will this work or do I manually have to change the link for each pages

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Depending on how the quick links were created it likely will not update those but it will be able to update the folder.


  11. Naga Kishore says

    The same issue happened on one of my client website after migration.

    when i am trying to add a new image in the slider it is not with updating the new urls & showing 404 errors.

    After using the plugin Velvet Blues Update URLs the issue is resolved. Thanks for sharing the article.

  12. Rob says

    Hey I’m having an issue,
    Whats happened is I initially changed my site URL. Now whats happened is that whenever someone clicks on my blog name (when they see my comments on another post) they get a broken link to the old URL. If anyone knows how to fix this that would be great.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to try resaving your new url and resaving your permalinks in case that was cached somewhere


  13. Jp says


    Velvet blues worked great for regular images in posts but not featured images. Do you know about a plugin that supports changing featured images URLs? I’m storing images in a different server in the new version of my site.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It should also update featured images, you may want to reach out to the plugin’s support if it is not updating properly.


  14. John Doe says

    Does not work for me. However, I may be trying to do something this plugin does not support – moving from non-www to www subdomain.

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