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  • Why won’t WordPress let me alter the URL!? The field is grey and uneditable–very frustrating that I can’t change site location. Is this a problem with version 3.1?

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  • The only reason that I’m aware of that would make the two fields (WordPress address (URL) and Site address (URL)) greyed out is if define('WP_SITEURL', and/or define('WP_HOME', are coded in wp-config.php

    Yes, I think you’re right. Bluehost is hosting the Website in question, which is highly recommended by WordPress. So I am wondering why Bluehost isn’t being very compatible with WordPress when it comes to moving a wordpress site. I didn’t ever make any changes within Bluehost’s wp-config.php file.

    Has anyone else had this complication?

    As soon as you edit the wp-config.php and remove those hard-coded URL statements the problem goes away… Of course, be sure to back up a copy of that file before editing.

    I could be wrong, but I’m not aware of any hosts automagically putting those statements in the wp-config. (not defending BlueHost here, but perhaps you’re jumping to the wrong conclusion). Did you or somebody else recently move or migrate your WordPress install? The Moving_WordPress documentation mentions using those statements, perhaps someone did and neglected to remove them when done.

    You’re losing me there… I had to follow Bluehosts instructions on manually changing the URL address, which worked just fine. I still don’t quite understand why I couldn’t do that through WordPress’s admin panel, which would have been way easier and about 2 hours less time for me to figure out what the heck was going on. Also, nobody moved or migrated the WordPress site prior to this latest attempt. So, I still don’t quite understand how it came to be greyed out in the WordPress panel. Thanks for your input.

    I’m having this problem, except i don’t have WP_SITEURL and WP_HOME hardcoded into my wp-config.php.

    How the heck do I get rid of this annoying problem?

    SOLVED!!!

    Not content for a work around I went digging. I also don’t have WP_SITEURL or WP_HOME set in my wp-config.php. I guessed it might have been a plugin and sure enough, Bingo!!!

    I use stray random quotes to put testimonials on a site (love this plugin). The way it works it needs to disable changing the address URL otherwise it would break. I haven’t checked the documentation fully to see if it is mentioned. I disabled the plugin, moved the site, then activated the plugin again. All the settings and quotes were still there.

    I hope this helps, there may be other plugins that do the same. Hopefully authors will start prominently documenting this to save some heartache.

    @ adiant – The only reason that I’m aware of that would make the two fields (WordPress address (URL) and Site address (URL)) greyed out is if define(‘WP_SITEURL’, and/or define(‘WP_HOME’, are coded in wp-config.php

    @chris K “As soon as you edit the wp-config.php and remove those hard-coded URL statements the problem goes away… Of course, be sure to back up a copy of that file before editing.” I’ve done this but it doesn’t seem to go away.

    It’s hosting with godaddy.

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