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Moving Your WordPress Site to a New Directory

What if you installed WordPress® in the wrong directory? Don't worry — it happens all the time. If you installed it through your hosting account's control panel, moving it to the correct location is pretty simple.

If you're working with a fresh installation of WordPress — and you haven't added any content — you can simply uninstall and then reinstall the application in the right directory. For more information see Uninstalling Hosting Quick-Install Applications.

To Move Your WordPress Site to a New Directory

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Web Hosting.

Click one of the following, based on the type of hosting you have. You can tell this by the second word in your hosting's description beneath your hosting account's domain name, e.g. Deluxe Web correlates to Web/Classic (Hosting Control Panel).

Web/Classic (Hosting Control Panel)

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
  2. Click Manage WordPress.
  3. Next to the WordPress account you want to manage, click Actions, and then select Move.
  4. To install WordPress at the root of your domain, select Use root of my domain (suggested). Otherwise, click Custom directory and enter a destination folder for your site.

    NOTE: This root directory of your hosting account is just a fancy way of saying "the directory visitors see when they go to your main domain name."

Linux (cPanel)

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
  2. Go to the Applications tab.
  3. Select the application you want to move, and then click Clone.
  4. In the Destination section, make sure to select the correct Domain and Directory where you want to move the site.
  5. Click Clone.

If you have issues with your site's permalinks after completing these steps, see Fixing Permalink Issues with WordPress.

If you want to move your WordPress site to a different hosting account, see Moving Your WordPress Site to Us from Another Host.

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