If you previously installed WordPress into a subdirectory or subdomain but would now like to start using WordPress for the main part of your site, you have two options. You can either move WordPress from the subdomain or subdirectory into the document root of your site or you can reconfigure WordPress to run for the main part of the site but keep the files in that subdomain or subdirectory folder. In this article we'll show you the changes needed to keep most of the WordPress files in their existing folder, but use WordPress for the main part of your site.

  1. Begin by logging into your WordPress dashboard.
  2. In the WordPress menu (on the left side of the page) navigate to Settings > General and change the Site Address (URL) to your main domain name (e.g. http://yourdomain.com). Leave the WordPRess Address (URL) as it is, it should not be changed. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page. Don't worry if you see an error message, and do not try to view your site just yet (you'll likely get an error message there too).
  3. Log out of your WordPress dashboard.
  4. Using either the cPanel File Manager or a stand alone FTP program, COPY the index.php and .htaccess files from the subdomain or subdirectory into the site's document root folder. This will be public_html for the account's main domain name, while Addon domains be something similar to public_html/addondomain.com. Make sure you copy these files, do not move them.
  5. In the cPanel FIle Manager, open your index.php file that you just moved to public_html to edit it. You can open the file for editing by clicking on the file and then selecting Code Edit or Edit in the menu at the top of the page or right clicking the file and selecting either Code Edit or Edit in the menu that appears. If you receive an Encoding Check pop up window, make sure utf-8 is selected as the character encoding.
  6. Near the end of the file, locate the line that reads:


  7. Edit this to point to the directory where you originally installed WordPress (e.g. /blog/wp-blog-header.php:


  8. Now you're ready to log back into your WordPress dashboard once again. The link to wp-admin will not change from the original (e.g. blog.yourdomain.com/wp-admin or yourdomain.com/blog/wp-admin).
  9. If you are using Permalinks, navigate to Settings > Permalinks. Change your Permalinks to any other setting and click the Save Changes button. Now change them back to your preferred Permalinks structure and click Save Changes again. This will reset your Permalinks so all of your site's links should be updated now.

Now you can navigate to your domain name in your browser and see that it's now showing your WordPress site.

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2014-10-28 5:30 am

Hello! I was following these instructions and accidentally changed the Wordpress URL adress as well - and now I can't go back to the new site's admin panel at all anymore - is there a way to undo it??


2,342 Points
2014-10-28 8:48 am
To correct your WordPress URL, you may simply add these lines to your wp-config.php file using the cPanel File Manager:


Of course, adjust these lines to correctly reflect your WordPress URL and site URL.
n/a Points
2014-11-19 9:04 pm

Hi, I can get this to work with a subdirectory but I'm having trouble getting it to work with a subdomain. I think the problem is how I reference the subdomain in index php.. WordPress is looking for the files in the root domain while they are in their own root folder on the server.. How do I tell wp to go to server root instead of the main site root? This doesn't work:




14,194 Points
2014-11-19 11:43 pm
Hello Pete,

Sorry for the problem. The instructions above should allow you to change the URL so that you can use location of your subdomain. Make sure to check that you do not have a re-direct rule that is affecting your domains in your .htaccess file. If you are a customer of Web Hosting Hub, please provide us a URL and we can check this for you.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.

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