Move WordPress to a Subdomain or Addondomain

Here is a quick and little trick to move WordPress to a subdomain or addon domain.

Assume you have a WordPress install under


and you can access your WordPress site via

but what you want to access your WordPress site it via a subdomain. Lets use /blog for this example. The same concept applies to addon domains.
Our goal is to access our WordPress site via:

Here are the steps to move WordPress:

  1. Create a folder blog in public_html (or whatever your root html folder is called).
  2. Move all files from WordPress to public_html/blog
  3. Edit wp-config.php. Add in right at the beginning:
    define('WP_SITEURL', '');
    define('WP_HOME', '');

You are all set. Enjoy your moved WordPress site on your new subdomain or domain.

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  1. Infinite says

    Hey, just wanted to say thank you!

    You saved me a huge headache. I had just switched my site from a main domain to a sub-domain (pretty easily actually) but my admin toolbar would not show up! The instructions I followed didn’t say anything about adding those to the config file.

    Thanks Again!

    • admin says

      🙂 Yeah, it took me a while too to figure this out when I was switching domains.
      Right now I am actually always using a plugin called backupbuddy ( I have to switch domains all the time and so far it has worked flawless. But main motivation to use backupbuddy is to auto backup to Amazon S3 servers. Love that service!

    • says

      If I understand you correctly, you are trying to turn your primary domain from your hosting account into an addon domain and replace the primary domain with a different domain?
      To my knowledge only your hosting support can do this.

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