How to Properly Change WordPress URL (4 Methods)

How to Properly Change WordPress URL (4 Methods)

Need to change your WordPress URL?

You might be changing to a new domain name, updating your site to use HTTPS, or any number of other scenarios.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the most common reasons that you might want to change your site’s URL. Then, we’ll show you four easy-to-follow ways to change your WordPress URL.

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Why you may want to change your WordPress URL

Deciding to change your WordPress URL shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, the domain name helps with brand recognition. People get used to a particular domain when seeking out your content.

However, you may find that there are reasons to completely shift to a new domain or maybe add some extra SEO or security power to the URL.

Here are some of the instances you may want to change the WordPress URL:

Scenario 1: Completely shifting to a new domain name

It’s not uncommon for website owners to have a little buyer’s remorse after configuring domains. Sometimes you have a shift in the brand name or you realize that another domain is available that sounds catchier than the one you currently own.

Regardless of the reason, this means that you’re trying to completely change the URL and move all website files to a new domain.

This process involves moving your entire WordPress installation to a new domain.

An example of this migration would be from myexamplesite.com to thebestsiteintheworld.com, where the primary domain is changed.

Scenario 2: Adding security with the help of an HTTPS domain

Using HTTPS helps make your site more secure and can even give you a rankings boost in Google.

To move your site from HTTP to HTTPS, you’ll first need to install an SSL certificate. Most hosts offer free SSL certificates and make it easy to use them.

Then, you’ll need to change your site’s URL to use the new HTTPS version.

Scenario 3: Moving content from a subdirectory

Here’s a situation where you may have placed all, or a portion of your website, on a subdirectory. However, some subdirectories begin getting more attention than what’s on the primary domain’s page.

Therefore, the website owner might decide to shift all content from the subdirectory to the homepage URL.

An example of this would be:

  • Shifting from myexamplesite.com/blog to myexamplesite.com.
  • Moving from blog.myexamplesite.com to myexamplesite.com.
  • You may also consider moving from the primary domain to a subdirectory.

The primary, or parent, domain is situated as the “face” of your website. This tends to be one of the most common reasons to change the WordPress URL, considering some subdirectories become super popular and should become the main page.

How to change WordPress URL in all scenarios

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This article was written by Joe Warnimont and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.

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