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Move, Rename WordPress wp-content and Plugins Directory

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WordPress has a feature which gives you the ability to relocate and rename the “wp-content” directory that holds the themes, plugins and uploaded files used by your blog. Moving this directory is good from a security perspective too.

Here I will show how you can move the wp-content and plugins directory to a custom location on your web server.

Move WordPress wp-content directory

To move the wp-content directory, add the below two define() directives to your WordPress wp-config.php (configuration) file, replacing with appropriate paths on your server.

/* Move wp-content directory */
define('WP_CONTENT_DIR', 'new/path/to/wp-content'); // no host name, no trailing backslash
define('WP_CONTENT_URL', '/url/to/wp-content');

The WP_CONTENT_DIR, is used to specify the actual path of the content directory on your server, while the WP_CONTENT_URL speficies the URL through which the contents inside the directory can be accessed.

If you are not sure about the exact path, here’s another way to define path using the$_SERVER[‘DOCUMENT_ROOT’] and $_SERVER[‘SERVER_NAME’] global variable:

/* Move wp-content directory */
define('WP_CONTENT_DIR', $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . '/content');
define('WP_CONTENT_URL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] . '/content');

The $_SERVER[‘DOCUMENT_ROOT’] will construct a path relative to the document root, while $_SERVER[‘SERVER_NAME’] does the same for your web server.

Move WordPress Plugin Directory

If you want to move the WordPress plugins directory to a custom location, you have to definePLUGIN_DIR in your configuration file, similar to how CONTENT_DIR is defined for wp-content:

/* Move plugins directory */
 define('WP_PLUGIN_DIR', 'new/path/to/plugins');
 define('WP_PLUGIN_URL', '/url/to/plugins');


/* Move plugins directory */
define('WP_PLUGIN_DIR', $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . '/plugins' );
define('WP_PLUGIN_URL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] . '/plugins');

Defining path to WordPress plugins folder may also help you resolve problems with those plugins that have a hardcoded path to wp-content.

If at any time you wish to go back to the original structure, simply delete the above added lines from wp-config.php file and move back the folders to the original locations.


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