[wp-hackers] Absolute vs. relative URLs

Austin Matzko if.website at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 13:42:58 GMT 2007

On 4/21/07, Leonid Mamchenkov <leonid at mamchenkov.net> wrote:
> There is already a configuration file for the database connectivity.
> Numerous other systems keep a URL and a file system path in there too.
>  It's native, it's what people are used to.  If someone, who is not
> very familiar with WordPress needs to move it around, he/she can just
> edit to lines of config file instead of doing lots of documentation
> reading and then performing SQL trickery.  With relative URLs, things
> like backups, hot standby's, and development/production setups are
> trivial. With absolute URLs, these all are a pain.

Actually, with trunk WordPress you can now set the home and siteurl
options in the wp-config.php file using the optional WP_HOME and
WP_SITEURL constants.  That would seem to take care of most the cases
you mention, except for absolute URLs within posts, which can be fixed
with the MySQL replace function.

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