How to change the website URL in Joomla

This article describes how to change the URL for a Joomla website. You may need to do this, for example, if you migrate an existing Joomla site to a new server, and the site does not display correctly.

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Changing the website URL

To change the URL setting for a Joomla site, you must modify the configuration.php file. This file contains many site configuration settings for Joomla.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Using your preferred text editor, open the configuration.php file in the directory where you installed Joomla.
  2. Locate the line that begins as follows:
    public $live_site =
  3. Edit the line with the correct site URL. For example, if your site were located at, you would type the following:

    public $live_site = '';
    If the $live_site setting is blank, do not change it. Only change it if a domain name is already defined.
  4. Locate the two lines that begin as follows:

    public $log_path =
    public $tmp_path =
  5. If necessary, edit the paths so they match the complete path to the Joomla installation in your public_html directory.
  6. Save your changes to the configuration.php file.

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