For blogger who self-hosts the WordPress blog publishing system on a web hosting server with own registered domain name, sometimes, you may decide to reorganize the blog link URL to make it tidier or to reflect new focus or theme of the blog. If you decide to change the URL or link location of your WordPress blog due to changing of domain name (such as from to or the blog to another directory location (such as from to, there are some steps that should be done to ensure the proper migration and no breaking links.

The tricky part when moving WordPress blog to another location is that WordPress is using absolute path in URL link instead of relative path in URL link location when stores some parameters in database. Within blog posts’ contents itself, users may also use the old URLs when creating reference backlinks. All these values in the database will need to be changed when WordPress is moved. The following guide will show you which database fields that has references or values related to blog’s URLs that you want to modify. Note that this guide is not about how to move WordPress blog from one server or host to another new hosting service.

Once the blog has been moved (all files copy over in case of moving location or server or new domain name properly propagated across Internet for new domain name), the first thing to change is to tell WordPress the new blog location (wp-config.php should be no changes, and .htaccess file should be also no changes. If for some reason mod_rewrite rules for friendly URLs no longer works, you can always regenerate the .htaccess file via WP Administration’s Update Permalinks page). This value can be changed via WordPress Options page, but if you no longer able to access to old blog URL, you have to modify the value via MySQL database.

In this post we are using  MySQL replace() function to change the urls in the database. To run the query we need to login to the phpmyadmin section using the username and password

We can use the below MySQL query to update the WordPress options with the new url:

UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, ‘’, ‘’) WHERE option_name = ‘home’ OR option_name = ‘siteurl’;

Now we need to change the guid from the wp_posts table, The URL values are stored as absolute URLs instead of relative URLs and that’s too be changed with the below stated SQL query:

UPDATE wp_posts SET guid = replace(guid, ‘’,’’);

If we have added media’s inside the content area section, they are added with the absolute URLs, So use this query to change the internal links added in the content area

UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = replace(post_content, ‘’, ‘’);

Now we are done on changing the url and now we need to check on the front-end to make sure that everything works fine

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