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Step 4 question, probably dumb (8 posts)

  1. punstress
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I want my blog to "live" at blog.mydomain.com (which points to a subdirectory blog of mydomain.com, i.e., http://www.mydomain.com/blog in my file system).

    But I want the home page of http://www.mydomain.com to be a Page I create using WordPress.

    Sooooo I'm trying to answer the first question of step 4, decide where you'd like your blog to appear. I think it's the second choice, a subdirectory. Or is it? Does the Page at root count?

    I don't want to clutter up my public_html directory so I'm leaning toward a subdirectory. Can I assume that will still allow me to put my Page at http://www.mydomain.com (a higher directory)?

  2. punstress
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    OK well here's my problem, part deux. I went ahead put wordpress in the folder mydomain.com/blog. And it is indeed visible when I type in blog.mydomain.com. However, as soon as I went to view the one comment that was there, it went to the longer URL:

    http://www.mydomain.com/blog/?p=1#comments.

    That kind of defeats the purpose of my setting up the blog.mydomain.com subdomain. I would really like ALL the pages to show as blog.mydomain.com/blahblahblah ... so is this an .htaccess issue or a wordpress issue or ... something else?

  3. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Make sure you have a blank .htaccess file in wordpress root, chmod it to 777, then access wp-admin/options/permalinks tab, select the style you want, wp will write to the .htaccess file, then chmod permissions on the .htacces back to 644.

    Explanation here: Using_Permalinks

  4. punstress
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    OK great, I just went into the Options/General Options and changed both the WordPress address and the blog address to the subdomain and it appears to be doing what I wanted it to. I don't see an .htaccess file in my /blog directory and I didn't need to chmod anything so I don't know how it made the change, but whatever. I guess I'll read through that Using Permalinks page and make sure I'm on the right track. Thanks.

  5. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, what you did really doesn't affect the way your post links will appear in the address bar/to search engines. For that, you need permalinks.

    There isn't an .htaccess file by default. To get one, you'll have to save a blank file (in Notepad - NOT word or wordpad!) as htaccess.txt, upload it to wp root, then change the filename on-server to .htaccess (you can't save a file as .htaccess on your local machine, why I'm giving you what looks like a "runaround"....). Then you'll need to change the permissions as I stated above.

  6. punstress
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Can I just create it in vi? As in vi .htaccess when I'm in my /blog directory?

    Thanks for following up ... I saw that permalink page and my head wanted to explode. But I guess I can't get around it.

  7. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    What's "vi"? Is it like a text editor? If it will allow you to save a file as .htaccess, sure. Otherwise, you'll have to use the dink workaround as above.

  8. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yep, vi "the-one-true-editor" would work just fine.

    Geeked,

    Handy

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