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Wordpress: Site URL and Home Settings

WordPress includes two settings that configure the address the website uses and the address on which the website files are installed. It is important to know these settings. They are used to determine how the website is currently configured. You may need to change them when migrating to a different location, changing the website to a new domain, or building the website for a domain that has an active website elsewhere.


WordPress Address (URL) - Address visitors type in a browser to reach the website.

Site Address (URL) - Address where the WordPress files are installed.

There are two main ways you can view or change these settings.

Method 1: WordPress Admin Dashboard

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard. You can use or to reach the login.

  1. Click Settings >> General

  1. Update the Wordpress and Site Address fields

  1. Click the blue Save button at the bottom of the page.

Method 2: Update using cPanel >> phpMyAdmin

  1. Log in to your account.

  2. Select the cPanel button next to your hosting account plan in the Shared Hosting section.

  1. Click the phpMyAdmin tool in the cPanel Databases section.

  1. Select your WordPress database in the column to the left. Click the database to show the tables or click the plus sign to the left of the database name. Select the wp_options table.

  1. Find the records for “siteurl” and “home” in the option_name column. Select Edit next to the record to change the domain.

  1. In the value field enter the domain you want the Wordpress website to use. Click Go to save the change.

WordPress also offers its own Codex for official support.

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