How to configure Magento to work with a new domain or change its directory

There are two ways to change the domain on your Magento application:

  • Magento's backend

For Magento 1.9.x and older:

Access your Magento's admin dashboard and modify the base URLs under:

System -> Configuration -> Web (Under the General section) -> Unsecure

and

System -> Configuration -> Web (Under the General section) -> Secure

Make sure that you change the "Base URL" to match your new domain.

Clear the Magento cache (System -> Cache Management -> Flush Cache Storage) and test your website.

For Magento 2.x and newer:

Login to your Magento admin area and navigate to:

Stores -> Configuration -> General -> Web -> Base URLs

and

Stores -> Configuration -> General -> Web -> Base URLs (secure)

Modify the base url input boxes and with your new domain and click on Save Config.

The last step is to clear the cache of your Magento, under System -> Cache Management -> Flush Magento Cache.

  • Using phpMyAdmin

The process is applicable for both Magento 1.x and 2.x versions.

Access your phpMyAdmin, navigate to your database and find the core_config_data table.

Click the Browse tab and edit these two fields:

web/unsecure/base_url

web/secure/base_url

The last thing you need to do is clear the cache of your Magento. More on that can be found in this article.

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