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[resolved] Converting an existing site into a network (13 posts)

  1. tfunsten
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I manage a year-old consumer news website and am trying to convert or migrate the site to a multisite. The goal is to add new sites and create a network that could share blog posts and design elements. The site, ctwatchdog.com, is hosted on GoDaddy, which restricts us to using the subdirectory style for multisite. We use a date and name style permalink -- http://ctwatchdog.com/2010/08/18/multiple-word-headline-goes-here -- (not a real permalink).
    I guess I can't convert the existing site to a multisite installation because of the issue with sub-directory style and existing permalinks. I'm wondering if I can migrate the existing blog to a multisite, and whether the multisite will make it easy to share posts.
    We want to give each site in the network its own distinctive .com address, and allow for multiple contributors to each. Can anyone tell me if we're moving in the right direction?
    Thanks.

  2. The site, ctwatchdog.com, is hosted on GoDaddy, which restricts us to using the subdirectory style for multisite.

    Unless you want to upgrade your account.

    I guess I can't convert the existing site to a multisite installation because of the issue with sub-directory style and existing permalinks.

    But if you poke around in the forums, if you;re really stuck, the shortest way to do what you want is:
    - install it as subdomains
    - don;t create any new site syet, cuz they won;t work
    - change the wp-config file to use subfolders instead
    - disable the /blg from showing up in your main blog.

    Done.

    We want to give each site in the network its own distinctive .com address, and allow for multiple contributors to each.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/

    Users will still have to be added to the entire network, then they can be added to each site (the domain mapping part doesn't matter)

  3. tfunsten
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Wow, that was fast. I'm digesting the advice. Thank you very much!

  4. Joshua
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey tfunsten,

    What level of hosting do you have with GoDaddy?

  5. tfunsten
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Our hosting is Linux deluxe level.

  6. GoDaddy requires a dedicated IP if you want to use wildcard subdomains.

  7. tfunsten
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks! I ran into a snag experimenting with the subdirectory setup, but I upgraded a test site to dedicated IP on Godaddy, so I figure I'll scrap it and start over with subdomains.
    There were a couple of things I was wondering:
    We're considering shifting hosting services. Are there any that work better with multisites? I've looking at Blue Host and Mediatemple but there seem to be oddities with each mentioned in the forums.
    Also, once we have this set up on our main site (knock wood), we're hoping to be able to syndicate posts to some or all member sites. Is there an easy way to do that? I saw some plugins that would do that through an indirect process.

  8. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/

    this pulls all posts to the front.

    Can't say on the hosts. Just search the forums for the hostname.

  9. Joshua
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    tfunsten, sorry I missed your reply there!

    Go Daddy is just fine, but Andrea_r is right - you need something solid to point the domains to. Just get your SSL installed for your hosting account and your Dedicated IP (comes with your SSL) will be accessible from your hosting panel (usually a few minutes after setup).

    It's a good idea to have an SSL anyhow, so it makes sense.

  10. homeruntaz
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ok - I've been playing with this and there must be more to "upgrading" from a standard install to network. We have an existing WP3 site and would like to make it multiuser instead of the multiple installs we have now. I add the "WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE" CODE and relaunch - start the Network and then add the multisite code to wp-config and the .htaccess file. As soon as I do that and log out - it no longer finds a database connection. I noticed on previous attempts that a network database has wp_blogs table, and several other tables, where a standard install doesn't have that- I've checked all our other sites/databases. Is there more to do? We have a huge site and need to add additional sites to it so they can have their own permalink structure within the larger site.

  11. It could be host-related. Did you ask them if they support enabling the network?

    Cuz losing the db connection is host related.

    Also, for reference:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
    http://wpebooks.com/2010/09/how-to-enable-multisite-in-wordpress/

  12. matia
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I 'm having trouble with WP multisite today (I kinda miss the Mu days) and it couldnt get a db connection because after enabling multisite WP thought it was a good idea to look for tables with "_1" in the middle of the table names. So I've changed the table names from phpmyadmin and then it relaxed with the database connection.

    But now I have a problem with the permalinks too
    It adds a silly index.php in all permalinks and doesn't want to let me remove it >: (

  13. thought it was a good idea to look for tables with "_1" in the middle of the table names. So I've changed the table names from phpmyadmin

    *Sigh*.

    No. the main blog should not need wp_1_ on the tables. this is how wordpress figures out if you're an upgraded mu install or not. really, the codebase is practically *identical*.

    It adds a silly index.php in all permalinks

    that;s an issue with your server - wordpress isn't doing it.

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