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Changing Wordpress address
Posted by - NA -, Last modified by Ashley L on 21 November 2019 04:16 PM

Changing the URL directly in the database

If you know how to access phpMyAdmin in cPanel, then you can edit these values directly to get you up and running again.

1. Backup your database and save the copy off-site
2. Login to phpMyAdmin
3. Click the link to your Databases
4. A list of your databases will appear. Choose the one that is your WordPress database
5. All the tables in your database will appear on the screen
6. From the list, look for wp_options (Note: The table prefix of wp_ may be different if you changed it when installing.)
7. Click on the small icon indicated as "Browse"
8. A screen will open with a list of the fields within the wp_options table
9. Under the field option_name, scroll down and look for siteurl
10. Click the "Edit Field" icon, which usually is found at the far left at the beginning of the row
11. The "Edit Field" window will appear
12. In the input box for option_value, carefully change the URL information to the new address
13. Verify this is correct and click "Go" to save the information
14. You should be returned to your wp-options table
15. Look for the home field in the table and click "Edit Field." Note: There are several pages of tables inside wp_options. Look for the > symbol to page through them
16. In the input box for option_value, carefully change the URL information to the new address
17. Verify this is correct and click "Go" to save the information


More information on changing a WordPress address (URL) can be found here.


The information is useful if you want to change your domain name, but keep the WordPress installation or when working on a beta site on a subdomain and you want to switch it to live on its own domain.

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