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[resolved] From WordPress.com to WordPress.org multisite (10 posts)

  1. diaforia
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    (Sorry, I had wrongly placed this post in the HOW-TO area without noticing the multisite one)

    Hi there, I have a WP.com blog at mywebsite.org. I purchased the domain mapping feature to get rid of wordpress.com from the initial mywebsite.wordpress.com URL.

    I am currently transfering the domain name mywebsite.org to a new hosting space where I will install WP from scratch.

    My plan is to open two other parallel blogs besides the old existing one, using one only installation of WP. I discovered the possibility of activating the multisite option, so if my main page is http://www.mywebsite.org, I'd like to have 3 blogs like this:

    http://www.mywebsite.org/blog
    http://www.mywebsite.org/newBlog1
    http://www.mywebsite.org/newBlog2

    I would like to import in the first one the posts/files/comments from my old WP.com blog. Forgive my naivety, is this possible? I mean, I have always seen the main domain (www.example.com) flanked by subdirectories or subdomains in multisite examples and guides, whereas I want to reserve the main domain to a static page that works as a entrance to the rest of my site (3 blogs plus other static pages). Should I keep the main page URL mywebsite.org for one of the blogs?

    Before the mapping feature I bought at WP.com expires, I was planning to fiddle with WP multisite and export & import the content of my old blog (still temporarily running as mywebsite.org) in one of the 3 freshly created blogs (namely at this URL: http://www.mywebsite.org/blog). Would this blow up something in the still existing blog a WP.com?

    Thanks in advance for your help

  2. Curtiss Grymala
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The main domain will be a WordPress site. However, there's no reason you can't just post a single page on that WordPress site and have it link out to your three other blogs.

    So, basically, you would create the new WordPress installation and set a static home page on that WordPress site. Then, you'd activate the multisite option, and you would create three more WordPress sites in that network.

    Does that make sense?

  3. diaforia
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for your reply Curtiss.

    Yeah, it sounds feasible and actually very close to what I would like to do. I have been thinking of making my main page static and having 3 subdirectories pointing at the respective blogs in fact.

    I am aware my WP.com blog will be still alive at its old http://www.myblog.wordpress.com address. My only concern regards the mapping feature I bought there: http://www.myblog.wordpress.com is currently mapped into http://www.mywebsite.org address. So if I make a fresh single install of WP on the latter and I fix it as a static page, a door to the upcoming 3 other blogs, will the mapping still work fine? Might sound stupid, I know, but I am dubious.

    That said, once I activate the multisite and create my 3 blogs I will import posts/comments/files from my old WP.com blog to one of them and later, when everything is up and running, delete the WP.com. Or maybe, I could pay WP.com for it to point at http://www.mywebsite.org/oldBlog to maintain back-compatibility? Ok, this might even sound more naive :-)

    Thanks again for your answer.

  4. Curtiss Grymala
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    When you set up your new site, you're going to need to edit the DNS settings for your domain name (your new Web host more than likely sent you instructions explaining how to do that - if not, it should be available in their support docs). Once you do that, your domain name will no longer point to your site on WP.com, it will point to the WordPress network you installed on your server.

    myblog.wordpress.com will still point to your site on WP.com, but your specialized domain name (mywebsite.org) will not.

  5. diaforia
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Understood. The domain transfer should be completed in a few days. Once that is done, I will start with a fresh single installation of WP in my site http://www.mywebsite.org and arrange it as a static page. Then when I activate multisite I will create the three blogs. Is the DNS setting you mentioned also affecting this step of my site change?

    When I set my WP install as a static page, should I point where my posts are? I mean, is it mandatory? I think I can just have a static page with WP installed.

    Thanks for your kind support, is more than welcome.

  6. Curtiss Grymala
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If you are setting up your sub-sites as subdirectory sites (as it appears from your examples you will be), you do not need to make any additional changes to your domain settings. If you are setting it up to use subdomains instead, you will need to make additional changes (set up wildcard subdomains).

    When you set a static home page in WordPress, you do not need to set a "front page" for your posts; you can just leave the static home page set up. Good luck.

  7. diaforia
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Fine, thanks. Subdirectories are a bit easier to handle, this is why I chose them. I'll get back to the forum once I end my transfer, unless something else comes along my way! :-)

    Fingers crossed!

  8. diaforia
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ok Curtiss, everything went fine. I carefully followed the instructions given at

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Before_You_Create_A_Network

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

    (checking that mod_rewrite was active on my hosting platform) and then I began with the single fresh install of WP at http://www.mywebsite.org which I transformed into a static and customized page.

    Second, I plunged into the multisite installation and after creating the directory blogs.dir and editing wp-config.php and writing from scratch .htaccess, I eventually brought up my network, consisting of just one WP site, the static page.

    I immediately added a new site called

    http://www.mywebsite.org/myOldBlog

    to which move the content of the WP.com blog that I had previously exported as a single XML file from the WP.com dashboard. I had to install and (network) activate the WordPress Importer plugin first, but once that was completed, I was able not only to recover all the posts, comments and pages, but also all the files. Basically with one click!

    Now I can move further and launch my two new blogs:

    http://www.mywebsite.org/myNewBlog1
    http://www.mywebsite.org/myNewBlog2

    I was afraid of losing something during the transfer, but it turned out to be really easy. One just need to follow and read the instructions properly. Those Codex pages above are very detailed. Thank you WordPress!

  9. Curtiss Grymala
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Awesome. So glad you were able to get through it so easily.

  10. diaforia
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yeah it was awesome indeed.

    Two more little details. I had to increase the site upload quota which can be found here:

    My sites > Network admin > Dashboard > Sites > (/myOldBlog) Edit > Settings (tab) > Site Upload Space Quota (the very last item at the bottom of the page)

    and I had to manually fix all the crossreferencing links between the posts which were basically missing the /myOldBlog slug in the URL. Some were even still pointing at the old WP.com blog.

    But within half hour (I don't have so many posts luckily) the job was done. Now I just need to customize it and launch the brand new blogs.

    Thanks again for your support.

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