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I am new to Wordpress and downloaded the 3.5.1 version from my hosting provider. I want to add www in front of my domain and I read from many sources how to do this. Go to settings then general and change it there. Thats fine except my screen in General looks nothing like the instructions I have been following

It does not have a place to change the Site or Wordpress URL. Am I missing something enter image description here

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You are in the wrong settings page. Your site is a multi-site setup; the URL is set in the site manager, not in individual sites.

Go to Network Admin/Sites in the My Sites menu:

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Select a site to edit:

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Change the URL:

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You need a subdomain setup to get editable URLs.

See Create A Network for the installation guide and Configuring Wildcard Subdomains for the server setup.

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+1 From your answer i see where I was going wrong and I can now navigate to the right place. However, In my info tab the ability to change my domain url is diabled. When I go to settings tab its the same for the site url and the home url – stephenmyall Apr 4 '13 at 20:06
Ah, I see. You need a subdomain setup, not a sub-site setup to be able to change the complete URL. – toscho Apr 4 '13 at 20:08
Im not sure what you mean, is there documentation or instructions you can point me to help me achieve this? If you add your comment to your answer i will accept – stephenmyall Apr 4 '13 at 20:11

It looks like your hosting provider auto-installs a modified version of WordPress.

You should consult them, or remove this install entirely, and do a manual install in its place.

EDIT: I defer to Toscho.

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+1 This doesnt answer my question however it is a useful piece of information from someone like me who is new to WP. Please explain the benefits of doing what you suggest – stephenmyall Apr 4 '13 at 19:43

it looks like you are using a wordpress website hosted on wordpress.com. The tutorials your are following are for the wordpress you download and install it yourself.

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I have both wordpress.com and the wordpress self installed that you get at wordpress.org. The settings pages are indeed different. – gdaniel Apr 4 '13 at 18:17
I am using a hosted site with wordress.org, not,com – stephenmyall Apr 4 '13 at 20:08

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