Override WordPress URL

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When I migrated my website between Media Temple servers, I wanted to manually test the site to ensure no server configuration differences between the server were bricking the site.  The obvious problem I would encounter is that links would be broken because the site wasn't living on my domain name yet.  I did some research and found a way to easily override the WordPress site and home URLs:

define('WP_HOME', 'http://867.53.0.9');
define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://867.53.0.9');

Defining these values within the wp-config.php file allows me to override the database values for the home and site-wide domain settings;  now the site is easily testable before flipping the switch on domain settings!

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  1. Once again David, another awesome and super useful article I’ll share with people for sure. Keep up the good work! Let us know if you ever need anything.

    Drew J
    (mt) Media Temple

  2. Jeremiah Megel

    867.53.0.9: Jenny needs to get a valid IP address.

  3. I like this technique:

    if ( file_exists( dirname( __FILE__ ) . '/local-config.php' ) ) {
    	define( 'WP_LOCAL_DEV', true );
    	include( dirname( __FILE__ ) . '/local-config.php' );
    } else {
    	define( 'WP_LOCAL_DEV', false );
    	define( 'DB_NAME', 'dbname' );
    	define( 'DB_USER', 'dbuser' );
    	define( 'DB_PASSWORD', 'passw0rd' );
    	define( 'DB_HOST', 'localhost' );

    Now you make sure local-config.php is in your .gitignore file, and you can git push your WordPress install to your server.

  4. BlaineSch

    Wouldn’t it be easier to edit your host file?

    • Yeah, probably, but most non-tech people would try to avoid that.

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