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  • Hello, I have an established site, installed in the “/wordpress” sub-folder.

    All links on my site include the “/wordpress” sub-directory in the URL, which makes the URL longer, looks less professional, and advertises what platform I’m using. (ex:

    I would love to leave wordpress installed where it is, but simply have the URL change from:
    to this:

    Again, making my site look more like a company rather than a blog.

    I’ve gone through this tutorial:

    I feel the “Using a pre-existing subdirectory install” fits my situation, but I can’t get it to work properly. I either get a “redirect loop error” or a plain white screen.

    I am running on Windows IIS so I don’t have a .htaccess file. I do have a web.config file, but if I copy this to the root, the site breaks. Should I move it instead of copying it? The instructions aren’t clear on what to do with the web.config.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

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  • Hi,

    Basically you need to move the whole wordpress install down to the root.

    After that you will need to edit the database so that all references of are changed to just

    Be careful if you do it yourself, make a back up of the DB first.

    Thank you for the reply. Is the DB stored within the WordPress directory? Can I leave the original sub-directory untouched as a backup? Which tables in the DB do I need to change?

    Based on the tutorial I was originally looking at, what is that tutorial actually trying to do? “Using a pre-existing subdirectory install” section.

    This link:

    Thank you!

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