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  • ffs_luke


    This is a basic problem that seems to be fixed with .htaccess. However, I have a more secure setting by having my wordpress installed in a subfolder. I am guessing that this is creating a problem with my .htaccess and I am wondering how I can fix this problem. If I have wp installed in a subfolder, what would I need to change to make my .htaccess accurately utilize multi sites. Thank you very much for your help.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    If I have wp installed in a subfolder, what would I need to change to make my .htaccess accurately utilize multi sites

    You can have WP installed in a subfolder (though FWIW there’s nothing to do with ‘security’ in that setup).

    What do you want your URLs to be? or



    Thank you for helping me out, Ipstenu. I have read a lot of info trying to figure this out and you are the most consistent problem solver :-). I want my URL’s to be



    I’m not sure if I’m understanding your problem correctly so please correct me if I’m wrong. It sounds like you have the following configuration:

    Main site located at
    Secondary site at

    Am I correct to assume that you’re having an issue installing WordPress on the secondary site when you have WordPress installed on your main site? Are you getting a 404 not found when your secondary site redirects you to or did you already pass all of that part?

    If passed, IGNORE THE REST and please clarify my confusion if you would like me to help you. Email [Redacted]

    If you are having that issue, here’s a suggestion on what you can try, which worked for me. In your root directory, you will see your .htaccess file. In that file, near the top, look for this:

    ‘<files install.php>
    Order allow,deny
    Deny from all

    For now, change the Deny to Allow. This will allow you to install WordPress on the secondary/tertiary, etc. After it’s installed, it is crucial that you change it back to Deny. You can then browse your multiple WordPress instances.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    @sothychan, Please do not ask people to email you. If they need that level of support, they can hire someone.



    Woops. Sorry @andrew. Thanks for letting me know.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Sorry, I’ve be REALLY swamped lately :/

    I want my URL’s to be

    Okay, so you really need to do this BEFORE you activate Multisite, but these directions work:

    Get that working, then start multisite.

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