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  • I have a WP multisite installation protected with a firewall service which I cannot disable. Now, I need to access a particular site within the multisite installation via IP. I got the absolute path to the installation (/usr/www/users/multisite/site1/). So, I have been trying to access it with the URL IP/usr/www/users/multisite/site1/ and it says the page doesn’t exist (404). I also deleted one by one the directories in the URL starting with ‘usr’ and yet I couldn’t access it. Any suggestion on how I may be able to access the site via IP instead of the domain?

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  • Lucas

    (@lrosenblatt)

    Okay, if you just started deleting directories, and obliterated the /usr/ directory, then you no longer have WordPress. And probably a number of other files, scripts, and applications that would come installed with your Linux distro. Your best bet, at this point, is to backup your MySQL database, download the backup to your local machine, and then reimage the server. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, CentOS, or RedHat would be my go-to suggestions for Linux server environments, but that’s just a matter of personal preference and functional needs.

    Once you have a fresh install, and get everything set back up, open up port 80 for TCP traffic on the firewall service, and port 443, as well, if you’re going to be using HTTPS (and I highly suggest you do). If you cannot open these ports, your WordPress install will be inaccessible via the Internet, irrespective of whether you’re using the domain name or the IP of the server.

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