Disable Multisite Rewrites


By default, WordPress Multisite uses certain rewrite rules for file uploads. This leads to a URL that doesn’t reflect the exact location of your files on the server. This plugin disables that functionality.

Note: This plugin is extremely simple in purpose. It requires additional setup before it can be used with most Multisite Networks.

If your Multisite was initially created using WordPress 3.5 or later, then you do not need this plugin

Before Use

This plugin is very specific in purpose. In order to use it, you will need to follow some steps first:

  1. Move your images from /wp-content/blogs.dir/SITENUM/files/ to /wp-content/uploads/sites/SITENUM/. SITENUM corresponds to the ID of each of your sub-sites.
  2. Modify the database for each site. I recommend using this awesome script (just don’t forget to delete it when you’re done!). You will need to update the image URLs in the database to replace http://site.example.com/files/ with http://site.example.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/SITENUM/
  3. Clear out the settings for each site for “Upload Path”, “Upload URL Path”, and “File Upload URL”. You can find these settings by going to Network Admin > Sites, then for each individual site, click the “Edit” link, then go to the Settings tab.


  1. Upload the disable-multisite-rewrites folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress


Your plugin broke all my images!

This plugin is very specific in purpose. In order to use it, you will need to follow some steps first. Please see the Before Use section

Your plugin didn’t do anything at all!

When you first created your Multisite Network, what version of WordPress were you running? If it was 3.5 or later, then you don’t need this plugin, and it won’t do anything for you.

Contributors & Developers

“Disable Multisite Rewrites” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Created the plugin