How to Move a WordPress Site

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This tutorial will show you how to move a WordPress site from one folder to another.

In our example we’re going to move the WP site from a folder called /blog/ and place it in the root of our site. That means that instead of accessing the site from http://example.com/blog/ we can now go directly to http://example.com.

Step 1) Change Your General Settings

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Login to your WordPress site and go to Settings >> General.

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We’re going to change the “WordPress address (URL)” and “Site address (URL)” fields. Change them from their existing location as shown above to the new location as shown below:

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Step 2) Move Your WordPress Files

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The second step is to login to your WordPress files and move them from the old folder to the new. If you’re using FTP software this will be as simple as dragging-and-dropping them to their new location.

Step 3) Reset Permalinks

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The third and final step in moving most WordPress sites to reset your Permalinks. Login to your WordPress site at the new location and go to Settings >> Permalinks. Save your Permalinks using the same structure as you were using at the old location.

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  • Robbie started her career in corporate training until starting her own custom training and media company almost seventeen years ago. In 2010, she began doing classroom training for OSTraining while running Media A-Team. She is often presenting about various tech topics such as Joomla, Fabrik, Web Development, Social Media, and Augmented Reality. She loves seeing that "ah-ha" moment in peoples eyes in her sessions and workshops. She lives in Houston, Texas, but enjoys all the travel for client work and speaking gigs.

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kitty1876

I have a question! I had a problem upgrading my wordpress store last time that I lost some of the images and content along the way. Ever since then, I am afraid to move the WordPress site. It seems easy the way you describe how to move the wordpress site, but how can I be able to move it without changing anything on the pre exisiting wordpress content and still have those images the way they are?

Steve Burge

Hi kitty1876

When you’re actually moving as site, losing image paths is one possible problem that can occur during the move. Normally it’s a question of opening the articles and modifying the paths.

However, it sounds as if you’re actually updating your site which is a different thing.

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