How to Update WordPress Website Link

Changing of your website link might be necessary if you change your business name or if you bought a new domain name. There are two ways on how to change the WordPress URL:  

Via WordPress Dashboard

This process is the easiest and most convenient as it doesn’t need your website hosting access. It only needs your WordPress administration logins. The steps mentioned herein are only applicable to WordPress users with administration access.  

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard via the link yourdomain.com/wp-admin  (replace yourdomain.com with the domain of your website)If you can’t remember your logins, try to reset your WordPress password. 

Step 2. Click Settings on the menu bar at the left side of the page.  

Settings Tab in WordPress Dashboard

Step 3. Click the General option under Settings drop-down menu.  

General Settings in WordPress Dashboard

Step 4. Change the WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) with the new link or URL in the corresponding boxes provided. Most of the time, these two are the same.  

  • WordPress Address (URL) – Enter the address where your WordPress is installed and where the website files are located 
  • Site Address (URL) – Enter the address that you want the visitors to enter in their browser, in order to visit your WordPress Site. 

Edit URL in WordPress Dashboard

Step 5. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button to save the changes made.  

Save General Settings in WordPress Dashboard

Try accessing the website with the new URL. The changes should take effect right away. 

Via phpMyAdmin in cPanel  

This process is applicable if you have access to your cPanel. Follow the steps below on how to change the Site URL and WordPress URL of your WordPress website.  

Step 1. Log in to cPanel.  

Step 2. Click File Manager 

Step 3. Go to your WordPress website files and locate the wp-config.php file. If you have WordPress Hosting, follow this link on how to access the WordPress website files.  

Step 4. Right-click on the wp-config.php file and select Edit.  

Step 5. Click the Edit button on the pop-up window.  

Step 6. Scroll down to line 23 and take note of the value indicated on the right of the DB_NAME (database name).  

WpConfig File Details

Step 7. Go back to cPanel homepage by going back to the previous tab. 

Step 8. Scroll down to the icons under Databases and click phpMyAdmin

cPanel phpMyAdmin Button

Step 9. Click the database name that was obtained from Step 6. 

Databases in phpMyAdmin

Step 10. Click the table that ends with _options.  

WordPress Options Table in phpMyAdmin

Step 11. Double-click on the values of siteurl and home respectively to edit the details in the box. Most of the time, these two are the same. 

  • siteurl – Enter the address where your WordPress is installed and where the website files are located.  
  • home – Enter the address that you want the visitors to enter in their browser, in order to visit your WordPress Site. 

Edit Site and Home URL in PhpMyAdmin

Step 12. Click anywhere outside the box after each change is made to save the update. pop-up message shown in the screenshot below will indicate that the update has been saved.   

One Row Affected in PhpMyAdmin

Try accessing the website with the new URL. The changes should take effect right away. 

Do not hesitate to contact our Singapore or Australia Support Team if you have further questions. 

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