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How to Change Your Primary Domain in WordPress with Sail CLI

In this article you will learn how to use the make-primary subcommand in Sail to change your primary domain name.

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Make primary

After you've added and pointed your domain name to your Sail application, you can set your primary domain using the following command:

sail domain make-primary

Depending on the size of your database, this make take a few minutes. It will:

  • Change your primary domain in your Sail config
  • Update the home and siteurl options in your WordPress database
  • Replace all occurrences of your previous domain with the new primary domain

If the primary domain in your database is already correct (typically after a backup import), you can skip the search and replace routine using the --skip-replace flag.

When adding an SSL certificate, it is also recommended to update your primary domain, to make sure it's the HTTPS version. You can use the --force flag for this.

If you're having trouble with updating your primary domain, feel free to get in touch.