❓ What happened?

My wordpress instance was hosted at https://kayg.org, however I replaced it with Quartz before exporting / importing content. Therefore, I need it accessible over at https://wp.kayg.org so I can squeeze some content out and decommission it for good. I tried to access the instance over the private IP address directly by exposing the IP with tailscale subnet routers… but that did not work because the site is configured to be available only over HTTPS and at a specific address. 😔

🎤 How do we fix this?

  • Explicitly add these values to the wp-config.php file that define what the site’s URL is:
      define( 'WP_HOME', 'https://wp.kayg.org' );
      define( 'WP_SITEURL', 'https://wp.kayg.org' );
  • Change the siteurl value in the mariadb database too in the wp_options column. This can be done with a GUI like Adminer or PhpMyAdmin or over the command-line. This is how it’s done over the command-line:
    • Open the database as the root user:
      sudo docker exec -it kayg_wordpress_mariadb mariadb -u root -p wordpress
    • Update the siteurl option in the wp_options column.
        MariaDB [wordpress]> update wp_options set option_value = 'https://wp.kayg.org' where option_name = 'siteurl';
        Query OK, 1 row affected (0.001 sec)
        Rows matched: 1  Changed: 1  Warnings: 0
        MariaDB [wordpress]> select * from wp_options where option_name = 'siteurl'
            -> ;
        | option_id | option_name | option_value        | autoload |
        |         1 | siteurl     | https://wp.kayg.org | yes      |
        1 row in set (0.000 sec)

And then the broken homepage and the admin page show up as intended!

👓 References