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Just a quick answer to a question that came up while building a theme for a client…

If you’re editing the PHP for your theme and come across issues while using “site_url“, you may need to swap it out for “home_url“.

site_url” references the directory or folder that the site is installed in – which could be the root, but often isn’t. This is also known as the “WordPress Address” under Settings > General in the Admin area.

home_url” references the actual home URL of the site – www.yoursite.com. This field is the “Site Address” in Settings > General.

General Settings area of admin