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Make Wordpress your homepage
Posted by Greg - HelpingHost.com, Last modified by Greg - HelpingHost.com on 09 March 2015 03:35 PM

If  you want WordPress to become the homepage of your website, please contact HelpingHost.com tech support to do it for you or if you like follow these steps. WordPress allows you to install the WordPress files to a subdirectory, but have your blog exist in the site root.

The process to make WordPress the homepage of your website:

  1. Login to WordPress as Administrator
  2. Go to the Administrator General panel.
  3. In the box for Blog address (URL): change the address to the root directory's URL. Example: http://example.com
  4. Click Save Changes. (Do not worry about the error message and do not try to see your blog at this point! You will probably get a message about file not found.)
  5. Copy the index.php and .htaccess files from the WordPress directory into the root directory of your site (Blog address). The .htaccess file is invisible, so you may have to set your FTP client to show hidden files. If you are not using pretty permalinks, then you may not have a .htaccess file.
  6. Open your root directory's index.php file in a text editor
  7. Change the following and save the file. Change the line that says:
    require('./wp-blog-header.php');
    to the following, using your directory name for the WordPress core files:
    require('./wordpress/wp-blog-header.php');
  8. Login to the Wordpress Admin. It might now be http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/
  9. If you have set up Permalinks, go to the Permalinks panel and update your Permalink structure. WordPress will automatically update your .htaccess file if it has the appropriate file permissions. If WordPress can't write to your .htaccess file, it will display the new rewrite rules to you, which you should manually copy into your .htaccess file (in the same directory as the main index.php file.)

Comments (2)
Robin Moran
28 November 2010 09:13 AM
Can someone explain why I would want to do this?
HelpingHost.com
28 November 2010 10:03 AM
By default our system installs wordpress into a folder. Some people however like to run wordpress as the home page (Start page).
I would suggest to simply open a ticket with support and have them make your wordpress the home page if that is what you like. The instructions above are quite advanced.
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