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Change Your Joomla! Domain

Learn how to change the domain of your Joomla! website.

Please note:
These instructions assume that you have installed your Joomla! website in standard mode, formerly known as "Free mode".
Step 1
Log in to your 1&1 Control Panel and select the relevant package.
Step 2
Click Domain Center from the Domains panel.
Domains > Domain Center
Domains > Domain Center

Step 3
In the example below, you can see that the default subdomain is linked to the Click & Build Joomla! website named AccountHelp (A). After clicking the domain that is going to be linked to Joomla! (B), click Edit Destination (C). 1&1 Domain Center
1&1 Domain Center
Step 4
In the Destination section, choose Webspace. Next, expand the views of your available folders to select the target directory, which is your Joomla! root directory (See also Step 3 (A).

Click Save. Webspace Assignment Screen
Webspace Assignment Screen
Step 5
Click Yes.
Edit Destination Confirmation
Edit Destination Confirmation
Step 6
Wait until the domain's Target details show the updated directory.
Please note:
If you just registered the domain, this can take up to 24 hours.

In case the old domain is still pointing to the Joomla! directory, please change the target directory manually to another one.
Step 7
Now it is necessary to remove the pointer to the old domain in Joomla! itself in order to assign the new domain. To do so, edit the file configuration.php in the main Joomla! directory via FTP or Webspace Explorer. Webspace Explorer
Webspace Explorer
Step 8
While editing the configuration.php, add the entry: public $mosConfig_live_site = ''; (enter the actual domain name instead of "").

Save the file and upload it back to the Joomla! root directory. Configuration.php Window
Configuration.php Window
Step 9
Your Joomla! Website is now connected with the new domain. The manual change to the new domain name will not be reflected in the 1&1 App Center. Here, the original domain will still be displayed. 1&1 App Center
1&1 App Center