How to Change Domain Name in WordPress

How to Change Domain Name in WordPress

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How to change a domain name in WordPress? Follow this video to learn how to do it in just a few steps using Hostinger’s hPanel and without damaging your SEO efforts.

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🕒 Timestamps
00:00 – Intro
00:22 – What is a domain name
00:35 – Why you might need to change your domain name
01:42 – How to backup your website
01:53 – 6 steps to change your domain name in WordPress
05:55 – Outro
A domain name is the address of a website, consisting of a website name and a domain extension.

Some reasons to change a domain name in WordPress include:

👉 Rebranding your business or website.
👉 Changing to a simpler domain name.

What to expect when changing a domain name in WordPress?

Some drop in traffic and page rankings as search engines need time to re-crawl and re-index your content under the new domain name.

💥 Note: before you learn how to change a domain name in WordPress, make sure to back up your website.

Now, let’s see the steps on how to change a domain name in WordPress without damaging your SEO efforts:

1️⃣ Purchase a new domain name

Use Hostinger’s domain name checker to find an available new domain name.

2️⃣ Add the new domain name to your hosting account

We’ll show you how to do this using Hostinger’s hPanel. Remember that it might take up to 24 hours for the domain to propagate.

3️⃣ Copy all WordPress core files from your old domain

Learn how to clone all website content from the old domain to the new one using the File Manager.

4️⃣ Change the WordPress site address

Use the WordPress admin dashboard to update the website address. If there are set fixed values in the wp-config file, update your WordPress URL directly on the file. In the following code, replace with the new site URL:


5️⃣ Reset the URL structure

Update the URL structure to prevent visitors from getting a 404 error on your website.

6️⃣ Redirect your old WordPress domain permanently

Create 301 redirects for all URLs associated with the old domain. This step will help carry over page ranking values to the new domain, helping to preserve your hard-earned SEO results. Edit the .htaccess file to set up 301 redirects by:

👉 Replacing the old domain with the new one.
👉 Inserting the following code:

#Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

👉 Saving the changes.

That’s it! You’ve successfully changed your domain name in WordPress.

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