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    I would so appreciate anyone who can figure out what’s causing this. Here’s what’s happened so far with changing my primary domain name using WP multisite:

    > Pointed new domain to the nameservers
    > Contacted Bluehost and had them change the domain
    > Verified change
    > Created new database (didn’t need the old one) and entered the new data in the wp-config.php file
    > Updated the URL in the same file
    > Added this line to same file as was getting a signup error: define( ‘NOBLOGREDIRECT’, ‘’ );
    > Went to the site ( and get this: and a redirect error message

    When I go into my databases, it has the prefix of the old site: oldsite_newdatabase. Bluehost said this would not change. Could this be a problem?

    I’m stumped and all the google searching of the last 3 hours has resolved nothing. Hoping one of you experts might have the solution. Thanks for any and all help!

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  • Just to update…

    I restored the original db and made changes to it to reflect the new name. One of the guys at Bluehost went through everything with me and couldn’t find the problem. So now I’m relying on one of the experts on here to help me out. It’s just not making sense that it’s not working.

    Also, I was using as the original domain. If you go there, the buddypress install and theme is working.

    any ideas?? (please, oh, please, Andrea!!) 😉

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler


    Should be

    define( 'NOBLOGREDIRECT', '' );

    Thanks. Didn’t have much effect. I tried it earlier yesterday with all the different combos. It’s not the problem. I’m pretty close to wiping out everything and starting with the new domain from scratch. But I’m also trying to domain mapping and set up my subdomains and there seems to be a pretty steep learning curve there, so not sure if I should just stick it out and just learn it.

    Wanted to pay someone to do all of this but couldn’t find one qualified person on Some gave me bids of $300 to install WP multisite…the one that took me an hour to do for the first time. So I don’t really trust them.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    I deleted your other two posts. Don’t do that. Making MORE posts makes more work for people, which makes it harder to help anyone. It’s also against our rules.

    If you want to hire someone, go to or

    You get free, limited, help here only.

    If this is an all new site, wiping and starting over is easier.

    Why don’t you try saying, “Please do not do that as…” or “if you need help, you can try…” Who talks to people like you do? Learn how to address others where you’re not belittling them. I see so many posts by the regulars on here where it sounds like they talk to us like we’re children who don’t know better.

    I made several posts because

    1. the questions I was asking weren’t being answered in a way that they were resolved
    2. I made changes to the site and therefore the first became irrelevant –
    3. I was looking for help (completely different question) and wanted to know where to find it – clearly not on here!

    I will just renew my memembership. They are very polite and helpful on there. The money is worth it if this is what “free” help is like!

    Free, limited, help is appreciated. The tone is offensive.

    It turns out there are 5 tables that need changed in phpmyadmin, not 2 as per the instructions I was following. Once all were updated, the site appeared.

    So need to talk down to me. I may be new to WP and WPMU, but I was able to figure it out on my own (thanks to some valuable online tutorials) and I won’t be coming back here for help. Really, you should consider a new line of work or, if this something you do as a volunteer service, maybe something that doesn’t involve public interaction. Just a suggestion.

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