In this article, we will see a few methods to change the domain name on your WordPress application.
Method 1 : Using phpMyAdmin
You need to change the siteurl and home options in your WordPress database. It can be done using the phpMyAdmin tool available in your cPanel.
On the phpMyAdmin dashboard, select your WordPress database and locate table wp_options.
Identify the siteurl and home options and change their values to the new domain that you want to use.
Remember to clear the cache of your browser and to verify if the website is still functional.
Method 2: Using the WordPress Admin Dashboard
Login to your WordPress Dashboard (e.g. http://your_domain.com/wp-admin).
Go to Settings -> General.
Under the WordPress address (URL) and the Site address (URL) sections, enter the domain that you want your applications to work with. Save these changes.
Using the same modifications you can also add “www” to your domain.
Method 3: Using WP-CLI over SSH
MilesWeb customers can take benefits from WP-CLI ( WordPress Command Line Interface). At MilesWeb hosting you get WP-CLI installed by default on their hosting accounts.
Now connect to your hosting server through SSH, go to your WordPress installation folder, and then execute the following commands :
wp db export
This command creates a backup of your database into an SQL file.
Now execute the following command :
wp search-replace 'http://olddomain.com' 'http://newdomain.com'
The above search-replace command will replace all occurrences of http://olddomain.com with http://newdomain.com in your database application.
Note here http://olddomain.com is your current WordPress configured domain and http://newdomain.com is the new domain that you want to use.
Now execute the last command show below :
wp cache flush
The command will allow you to flush the object cache of your WordPress.
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