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[resolved] Can WPMultisite be installed on shared hosting? (5 posts)

  1. danblu
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Can WP Multisite be installed on a shared hosting environment or does it need virtual hosting.

    My issue - I think - is NOT having access to Apache and NOT being able to add to the domain's virtual hosts sections this information:
    ServerName yourdomain.com
    ServerAlias yourdomain.com *.yourdomain.com
    DocumentRoot /home/yourdomain/public_html/ ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com

    My hosting company tells me there's NO access on my shared hosting environment and I would need to upgrade to virtual hosting.

    Please let me know and much appreciated.


  2. David Sader
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Does it have to be subdomains? No. In the end you'll be happier with a VPS type install if you have plans to grow bigger and bigger (your users = dozens->hunerds->towsands?)

    I use a VPS, but I use a "subdirectory" structure. Subdir install can work fine and you do not need access to config apache etc. You get urls like yourdomain.com/user1/ but not user1.yourdomain.com.

    The cheap host may not give you enough share of the RAM or CPU. However, upgrading to a VPS later should not interrupt service. Ask that question of your host now if you want to start cheapest, and with subdirs, and add value(VPS) later as/if it grows. (I also have installs on a pretty cheat host(~$10/month), and can still add wildcard subdomains in cpanel so you might want to shop around to another host).

  3. danblu
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi David,
    Thanks for your answer.

    Yes, I would like to use subdomains.

    Sorry for not including that in my original post.

    So my question should have been:

    Can a WP Multisite installation using subdomains be done on a shared hosting environment or do I need virtual hosting?

    Your answer addresses subdirectories.

    Would your answer be the same for subdomains?


  4. David Sader
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Same answer from me. But you said your host can not make the subdomains, so you will need to go VPS or switch to a new host. You can find hosts that allow subdomain wildcards "out there" on the under $10/month hosting plans. Problem is you'll hit the ceiling on RAM or CPU before long if you grow, though.

  5. danblu
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks again David!

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