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[resolved] Using non-alphanumeric characters on WPMU site url? (7 posts)

  1. Dan
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hello,
    On a WordPress MultiSite: When we create a site, we are restricted into sing ONLY latin alphabets(a-z) in lower case and the so-called hindu-arabic numerals(1-9).

    However, on the network admin dashboard > sites > edit site; we can edit the name of a subsite(as well as its url).

    I found this by accident and I have been meaning to use it.

    However, a WordPress MU guide book warns:
    "it is possible to change a site name..., doing so on an existing site can have a dramatic outcome if you
    change the length of the site name".

    Unfortunately, it doesn't explain what the dramatic outcome is and whether it affects a new WPMU site (with no posts) or not.

    Any advise please?

  2. Unfortunately, it doesn't explain what the dramatic outcome is and whether it affects a new WPMU site (with no posts) or not.

    Dramatic outcome: Break your site, cause it not to function, destroy your plugin and theme settings. Depends on too many variables to list, though.

    In general? So long as the LENGTH of the site URL stays the same, then you'll be okay.

    So change foobar.example.com to foobaz.example.com will be fine.

    Change foobar.example.com to bingosupercoolparlor.example.com and bad things happen.

  3. Dan
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Thanx.
    If "too many variables" are at play, perhaps I can't tell when a problem surfaces either.
    Looks like I better create a new site rather than editing an exiting one(even if it got only themes and plugins, no posts) - just to be on the safe side.

    Thank you.

  4. Dan
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Pardon me. Does the dramatic outcome affect that subsite or the entire site? If the latter, reinstalling the whole site will be necessary.
    Otherwise, deleting the concerned subsite(the name of which I tampered) will suffice.

    Please advise.

  5. Steakman4
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Just a side note, as it isn't related to the specific issue.

    -You can use a hyphen in addition to the latin alphabet and numerals when creating the site, despite the listed limitation

  6. The dramatic outcome would be for just thats subsite, not the network. But coming back from it has been tricky and generally involves direct DB edits to restore the old URL.

  7. Dan
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Thanx.

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