I have a WordPress site hosted on GoDaddy, it's a Windows server, (i have the web.config set up). and .htaccess correctly configured. The site was working on example.com/wordpress , as it was a development test. I moved the site to example.com .

I changed the site url and wordpress URL to example.com on the database through PhpMyAdmin, and updated the permalink structure.

I also updated all the wp_post 'content' field to change the URL's.


When I try to Log In to the admin panel through example.com/wp-admin, the URL shows as


Why could this be happening if both the site url and wordpress url match, and match with the database.

Additional Notes

This isn't a cache issue (At least not on the browser's side), I have tried different browsers, and I do most of the testing on incognito chrome windows.

I have tried setting update_optionfor both siteurl and home in functions.php and:


I also tried the Relocate Method explained on the Codex http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL

  • Do you see correct URLs showing in Settings > General?
    – Rarst
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 9:39
  • Yes. It displays both URLs as the new one. (example.com) Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 10:39
  • Were you able to solve this case? Last solution would be to reinstall in root.
    – Azghanvi
    Commented Jan 9, 2023 at 8:08

3 Answers 3


I had the same issue. To fix it I had to make some changes to the database. Use phpMyAdmin or just log directly into the database and look at your wp_options table. Check the following two fields: siteurl and home.

SELECT * FROM wp_options WHERE option_name IN ('siteurl', 'home');

Make sure these fields hold the correct domain information if not change them and see what happens. In my case the issue was resolved.

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    My wordpress instance has those fields set to the proper URL however the html source on login page is still has <input type="hidden" name="redirect_to" value="http://localhost/wp-admin/"> at the end .. Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 22:56
  • This is how you modify the entries; update wp_options set option_value = replace(option_value, "old website url", "new website url");
    – Sy Ker
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 11:09
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    Does not work. Still redirecting to old development link
    – Azghanvi
    Commented Jan 9, 2023 at 8:07

I was able to solve a similar issue using the wp command line tool. I had to use the command line tool because I was unable to login to Wordpress admin with my browser.

wp @mysitestage config set WP_HOME "https://stage.mysite.com/"
wp @mysitestage config set WP_SITEURL "https://stage.mysite.com/blogdir"

I solved this by installing a login URL change plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wps-hide-login/

I needed this security feature as well.

  • Adding a description to this comment will help this not look like a spam marketing comment. Also, please explain how this plugin you are recommending solves the issue the OP described. Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 19:17

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