I want to move the site I was working on on localhost to a testing server. I have copied the database over as well as all the files. I want to be able to run my site from the testing server with the following url:


After moving the files over, I changed the following in my wp-config.php:

define('DB_NAME', 'my_db_name');

define('DB_USER', 'ellen');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', '*****');

/** MySQL hostname */
/** I tried changing this to the IP address but it gives me a connection error **/
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');

define('DB_COLLATE', '');

define('FS_METHOD', 'direct');

define('WP_ALLOW_REPAIR', true);

define('FORCE_SSL_ADMIN', false);

/*Redefine the site url*/


In the functions.php file of the theme I was using, I added this:

update_option( 'siteurl', 'http://<IP_ADDRESS>/website' );
update_option( 'home', 'http://<IP_ADDRESS>/website' );

When I try to access my site in the browser, I get the following error:

This page isn't redirecting properly. Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

It tries to redirect me to http://<IP_ADDRESS>/website/wp-login.php, which is the page I want to go to. I'm unable to get to wp-admin since I can't log in.

I'm not really sure how to go about debugging this. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you!

  • Do you mean < URL> and not < IP_ADDRESS>? Also, have your tried loading the site in another browser to troubleshoot any caching issues?
    – Innate
    Sep 28 '18 at 19:46
  • I have tried other browsers, and for now I am accessing the site via the IP address like so: , this is how we chose to set up our testing environment
    – ellen
    Sep 28 '18 at 20:13

I'd just make sure that the correct URL for your site is in those two rows of the wp-options table.

The two update_option commands should not be needed. And I'd use the standard WP htaccess commands found here: https://codex.wordpress.org/htaccess

If you get the development site working and want to convert it to a 'live' site, then you only need to change the two rows in the wp-options table to the new URL. You may also need to use a plugin (I use Better Search and Replace) to change all URLs in the database to the new URL.

Of course, backups of the database is important before any major changes.

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