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How to Change Your WordPress Site URLs (Step by Step)

Do you want to change your WordPress site URLs? 

Whether you’re moving from HTTP to HTTPs, changing your domain name, migrating from local server to live site, or transferring to a subdomain, you’ll need to know how to change your WordPress site URL.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily change your WordPress site URLs, step by step.

How to change your WordPress site URLs (step by step)

Why Change WordPress Site URLs?

There are many reasons why you might need or want to change your WordPress URLs. For example:

Aside from that, you may need to change the WordPress address settings if you’re seeing the too many redirects error in WordPress or when troubleshooting another WordPress error.

What’s the Difference Between WordPress Address vs Site Address?

When changing your WordPress URL, you’ll need to update two separate settings, the ‘WordPress Address’ and ‘Site Address’.

This can be confusing for many beginners because they don’t know the difference between the two settings.

Your WordPress Address (URL) is the address where your WordPress files and folders are stored including your admin pages, media files, plugins, themes, and more.

Your Site Address (URL) in WordPress is the public facing part of your website. This is what your visitors will type into their web browsers to reach your website.

For majority of users, the WordPress Address and Site Address URL will be the exact same.

In some cases, large companies may host their WordPress sites on a different server because their corporate website has many other applications, and they want to isolate where each app is hosted to improve WordPress security.

But for most users, these two WordPress URLs need to stay the same.

With that said, let’s take a look at how to easily change WordPress site URLs. Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use. 

Method 1. Change WordPress Site URLs from Admin Area

This method is the easiest and most beginner friendly. If you have access to your WordPress admin panel, then we recommend using this method.

SImply login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Settings » General.

Here, you can change your WordPress site URLs in the ‘WordPress Address’ and ‘Site Address’ boxes.

Change WordPress address and site address

For most websites, these will be the same URL.

After that, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to save your URL changes.

Now, you can visit your website to make sure that everything is working OK.

Method 2. Change WordPress Site URLs Using functions.php File

If you cannot access your WordPress admin panel for any reason, then you’ll need to use this method.

First, you need to connect to your WordPress site using an FTP client. For more details, see our guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress.

Then, you need to locate your WordPress theme folder. For most users this will be something like /wp-content/themes/your-theme-folder/.

Locate functions.php file via FTP

In this folder, you need to open your functions.php file and edit it using your preferred text editor, like Notepad or TextEdit.

Then, you need to add the following code to the bottom of the file.

update_option( 'siteurl', 'https://example.com' );
update_option( 'home', 'https://example.com' );

Don’t forget to replace ‘https://example.com’ with your own site URLs. You can now save your changes and upload the file back to your server using FTP.

Now, you can visit your website to see if everything is back to normal.

The advantage of this method is that it updates the site URLs in the database. WordPress updates the database for site URLs every time your functions.php file is loaded.

Once your website is working properly, you can remove the two lines of code from your WordPress functions.php file.

Method 3. Change WordPress Site URLs Using wp-config.php File

If you’re not sure which WordPress theme you need to edit, or can’t find your functions.php file, then you can use this method.

You’ll need to add your website URLs to your WordPress configuration file called wp-config.php. This file is located in the root folder of your website and contains important WordPress settings.

To change this file you’ll need to connect to your website using an FTP client. For more details, see our guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress.

Then, you need to locate the wp-config.php file, which can normally be found in the root folder for your domain.

Locate wp-config.php file via FTP

After that, you need to add the following code just above the line that says ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing’.

define( 'WP_HOME', 'https://example.com' );
define( 'WP_SITEURL', 'https://example.com' );

Don’t forget to replace ‘https://example.com’ with your own domain name.

You can now save your changes and upload them back to your server. After that, visit your website to make sure that everything is working fine.

Method 4. Change WordPress Site URLs in the Database Using phpMyAdmin

Another way to update WordPress site URLs is by changing them directly in your WordPress database.

You can do this directly from your WordPress hosting account dashboard.

Before you do this, we recommend making a WordPress database backup. This is really important and will help you undo any WordPress database changes if anything does wrong.

For more details, see our guide on how to make a WordPress database backup.

After that, you need to login to your web hosting account dashboard and click on the ‘phpMyAdmin’ icon in the ‘Databases’ section.

Note: The steps might be slightly different depending on your hosting provider. However, all cPanel hosting providers like Bluehost give you the ability to edit database settings.

Click on phpMyAdmin

This will automatically launch the phpMyAdmin application, which gives you a web-based interface to edit MySQL databases. To learn more, see our beginner’s guide to WordPress database management with phpMyAdmin.

First, you need to click on your WordPress database in the left-hand column. This will display tables inside your WordPress database.

Then, click on the ‘wp_options’ column option.

Click on database and wp-options

By default the database prefix is ‘wp_’ but since you can change your WordPress database prefix it might be something different.

Now, you’ll see rows inside the options table. You need to locate the ‘option_name’ column where ‘siteurl’ and ‘home’ will be listed.

Edit options name

First, click on the pencil ‘Edit’ icon to the left of each row and change the ‘option_value’ field to your new site URL.

You may need to scroll down the options table to find the ‘home’ option name.

After that, click the ‘Go’ button in the bottom right corner to save your database changes. 

Change option name URL

Now, you can visit your website to make sure everything is working as it should. 

Method 5. Change WordPress Site URLS Using AIOSEO Plugin

All of the methods above will help you change the URL of an existing WordPress installation. This method works a little different, since you’ll be changing your current WordPress URL to point to a new URL/WordPress installation. 

This is common when you’re moving your WordPress website to a new domain name and don’t want to lose rankings or experience downtime.

The best way to do this is with the AIOSEO plugin. It’s the best WordPress SEO plugin in the market used by over 3 million websites.

AIOSEO

Note: There is a free version of the plugin available, but the AIOSEO Pro version is the only way to redirect your entire website, posts, pages, and more, without losing your SEO rankings. 

It has a built in redirection manager lets you create entire website redirects in a couple of clicks.

AIOSEO change website URL

Redirecting your website this way preserves the links from sites that were linking to your old domain, prevents 404 errors, and creates a better experience for your visitors. 

To do this the right way you’ll need to create a duplicate of your existing site, move it to a new domain, and then redirect your old site to your new site.

For more details, see our guide on how to update URLs when moving your WordPress website.

If you want to redirect single posts and pages in WordPress, then see our beginner’s guide to creating 301 redirects in WordPress.

Changing WordPress URLs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Over the years we have helped hundreds of thousands of users create a WordPress website, start a blog, or start an online store.

In this time, we’ve answered many different questions related to changing WordPress URLs. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

Why are my WordPress Address and Site Address fields greyed out?

If the WordPress address (URL) is greyed out on the settings page of your admin area, then it means the URLs are hard coded in the wp-config.php file.

WordPress URL greyed out

To change your WordPress URL, you’ll need to follow the fourth method above to edit the wp-config.php file and change the URL accordingly.

How to recover WordPress after URL address change in settings?

Sometimes non-techy users can accidentally change the WordPress URL and Site Address settings from the WordPress admin area.

To recover from that, you’ll have to follow our guide above to change the WordPress URLs back using the functions.php, wp-config.php, or the database method.

Is there a WordPress change URL plugin that can bulk update URLs in all blog posts, pages, and other content areas?

Yes, you can use the Go Live Update URLs plugin.

When you change your WordPress URL, you’ll need a way to bulk update links through your WordPress posts, pages, and other areas in your database. The plugin above is a huge time saver.

Aside from using it to update URLs when moving websites, we also use it for various other platform migrations like moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, Wix to WordPress, Weebly to WordPress, and more.

We hope this article helped you easily change the WordPress site URLs. You may also want to see our guide on how to get a free SSL certificate for your WordPress site and our expert picks of the best live chat software for small business.

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  1. 404
    Sorry we couldn’t find that page.
    It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try one of the links below or a search?

    above is the error message.
    please what to do?

    • If you were changing your site’s URLs to the correct URL and it is showing that 404 error, you would want to reach out to your hosting provider and they can normally assist with setting up redirects to the correct URL.

      Admin

  2. When I change my website URL from http to https: all looks ok.
    however, every time I log out and log in again, the URL is changed back to http
    I tried changing from the wordpress admin panel and directly in the database, but the changes are always undone when I log in again.

    Any idea what might be causing this?

    • You may want to check with your hosting provider as some have systems in place to prevent changes in your domain unless they are updated. You would also want to clear your cache if you have it enabled as that is another common cause for that issue.

      Admin

  3. Do I change the URLs before I change the domain DNS or after? I want as little down time as possible.

    Thanks

  4. Thank you guys. I mistakenly altered both my WordPress and site URLs and I couldn’t access the site. Whenever I typed localhost/mysite it returned the error 404. But thanks to this article, I’ve found peace now. Much love.

  5. I have already changed my site URL, now I want to change my internal browsing URLs like
    my site: xyz.com

    Now if I go to about us page
    the URL should become : xyz.com/about

    Is this possible by wordpress?

  6. Can site url and home and be different?
    My site will not work on https with www. in
    So can I change site url to https:/www.example in config and not home address.?

    • You would want to reach out to your hosting provider and they can help with solving that problem as well as what is allowed/required on their hosting.

      Admin

  7. I’ve already tried all options .. but nothing works!
    Changing the url is not a problem, but after that nothing works anymore.

    • You would want to ensure the domain you changed your site to is set up properly. If you reach out to your hosting provider they should be able to assist :)

      Admin

  8. Thanks for the article! But for me the domain still doesn’t work, it shows that it can’t find the server of my domain. I have entered DNS records (nameservers) for the domain. Where to look for the problem?

    • You would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure the domain is connected on their end correctly.

      Admin

  9. I was messing around with settings and thought I broke my site. Method #2 worked beautifully. Thank you!

  10. I am building a WP site on localhost, and will use Duplicator to move it to an online host. What should the WP Address and Site Address be set to before I run Duplicator and migrate the site?

  11. My wordpress url is on my subdomain and I want to change my site url to my domain. I made the change in my admin area however, I am not seeing the effects of this change in the front end. Would I still need to rn the url replace plugin for it to work?

  12. The two update plugins you recommend are not tested and may not work with the newest version of wp.

  13. I tried to create a website with wp today, however I changed the urls and now don’t have access to wp dashboard. Can you help me pls?

    • You would want to revert the address to the old URL and reach out to your hosting provider

      Admin

      • Thanks for the reply, since i dont have access i need to do it through pho or client file? If so is there a more detailed explanation please? Its my first time and everything is new for me. Thanks so much

        • It would depend on the access you do have, the above article covers our recommended methods for changing the address.

  14. This option (the easy one) “This method is the easiest. If you can already access the WordPress admin area, then we recommend using this method. Simply login to your WordPress website and go to Settings » General page. From here you can change WordPress site URLs under the ‘WordPress Address’ and ‘Site Address’ options. ” It doesn’t exist.

  15. Thank you so much, you don’t how much i search for a solution for this .. i even contacted my host and they couldn’t know how to do it …. Method 3 solved it .

    you’re really my trusted source for everything wordpress .

    again thank you so much .

  16. Hello,I am worried that if I change my site address, I’ll lose all the files on the previous URL and be unable to redirect or reach the former site. That would mean a loss of all my blog posts, wouldn’t it? What can I do, please?

  17. Hello
    After I changed the URL Site Address from WordPress Dashboard and then I changed from the cPanel Account after doing this my site is still displaying that This site can’t be reached.

    What can I do?

    • You would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure you set up the domain properly

      Admin

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