How to Change Your WordPress Address on Your Website
Have you ever thought about changing your WordPress address? The WordPress team has been super-duper-duper-duper-duper busy lately creating features and upgrades that will blow your socks off! Never fear because we’ve got you covered here. In this article, we’ll show you the latest news on how to change your WordPress address and where to find it. So sit back, relax, and get ready to feel like a pro. Let’s get to it.
What Is A WordPress Address, Anyway?
You may be wondering what a WordPress address is. A WordPress address is simply the location of your WordPress site’s files. If you’ve ever tried to log into your WordPress site and been presented with a login screen like this one, you’ve experienced a classic WordPress address.
There are a few different types of WordPress addresses. Let’s walk through them quickly.
The Server Address
This is the address that your web server (the company that hosts your website’s files) gives your WordPress site when it is visited. Keep in mind that this is the address that everyone sees when they visit your site, so make sure that you’re okay with this before you change it.
For example, if you’re using DreamHost, your server address is 33.333.333.333. Changing this would mean that everyone would have to log in with the new address when they visit your site.
If you’re using a free hosting service, such as WordPress.com, your WordPress address is simply your WordPress username (which you’ll find in the dashboard when you first log in) followed by @wordpress.com. For example, my WordPress address is email@example.com. If I want to change it to alisonledwards.com, I simply have to log in to my WordPress dashboard, click on the Settings button, and make the change.
The Blog Address
This is the address that your WordPress site uses for its blog. If you’ve ever created a blog post and wanted to make sure that everyone knew where to find it, you would use the blog address.
If you’re using a free hosting service, such as WordPress.com, your WordPress blog address is simply your WordPress username (which you’ll find in the dashboard when you first log in) followed by @wordpress. The @wordpress part is important because it tells the WordPress servers that this is a blog and not a standard website. For example, my blog address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If I want to change it to alisonledwards.com, I simply have to log in to my WordPress dashboard, click on the Settings button, and make the change.
The Domain Name
This is the last step in the process of changing your WordPress address. When you register a new domain name, you also register the name of your website. For example, if I wanted to create a blog called MyProBlogger, I would have to first register the domain name myproblogger.com. Then, once I’ve confirmed that my payment has gone through, I can log in to my myproblogger.com dashboard and click on the Settings button.
This will bring up a list of all the domains that I own, including myproblogger.com. From here, I can edit the name that appears in the address bar (the URL or the domain name that people type into their browser to get to your site).
You can also use this screen to enter a new DNS (Domain Name Server) for your domain. For example, if I want my website to be accessible via alisonledwards.com instead of 33.333.333.333, I would enter 33.333.333.333 as my new DNS. Now when I type alisonledwards.com into my browser, it takes me directly to my WordPress site (because the DNS for myproblogger.com points to 33.333.333.333).
How Do I Change My WordPress Address?
Don’t worry, changing your WordPress address is super-duper-duper-duper-duper-duper easy and requires only a couple of quick steps.
Let’s get started. First, log in to your WordPress dashboard, click on the Settings button, and then scroll down to the end of the page.
You’ll see a line that says, “The address for your website.” Above it, you’ll see a little green button with the word “Save.” Click this button to continue.
Now, in the text box that appears, type the new address or domain for your WordPress site. For example, if I want my WordPress address to be alisonledwards.com, I would type alisonledwards.com into the box.
Don’t worry, if you use GoDaddy, you can simply click on the dropdown menu below the address box and select the domain’s DNS from there (this will save you from having to hunt down the domain’s IP address).
If you use a different domain registrar, you may have to give your domain’s IP address in the address box instead (this is the IP address of the computer that you’re using). But even then, it’s super easy to find the external IP address of your computer on the internet. Just type “what is my IP address” into your browser’s search bar and hit enter.
Once you’ve entered the external IP address of your computer, you can simply replace the current IP address in the address box with the new one.
And that’s it!
As soon as you hit the save button, your WordPress address will be updated and you can continue to the next step.
What If I Don’t Want To Use The Domain Name That My WordPress Site Is On?
If you don’t want to use the domain name that your WordPress site is on, you have a few options. First, you could give the domain to your spouse or a family member, and let them use it to host your site. Next, you could use a free service like Google Domains, which gives you the flexibility to use any domain you want for your site. And lastly, you could use a service like Bluehost, which provides you with a free domain, as well as hosting, and allows you to install WordPress to create a blog or a website.
As you might imagine, using a free service like Google Domains or Bluehost requires you to have a Google account or a Bluehost account, respectively. If you don’t want to use a third party to host your site, you could try using a service like Hostinger, which is absolutely free. Just remember that each of these services require you to register a new domain name, so make sure you have one already (you can check to see if a domain is available by clicking on the “com” in the upper-right corner of any google search bar and then entering your desired domain name).