Clarification on MultiSite Install (9 posts)

  1. chaplaindoug
    Posted 3 years ago #

    In the article Before You Create a Network, it says,

    The multisite installation process uses different terminology. A sub-domain install creates a domain-based network, even though you might use separate domains, and not subdomains, for your sites. A sub-directory install creates a path-based network, even though it does not use file system directories. If you want to use a sub-domain install, you must install WordPress in the root of your webpath (commonly public_html).

    In my case on a Windows Server 2008 R2 with IIS 7.x, the "root" folder for the web site is named "GoodNews" in "C:\inetpub." Within the folder "GoodNews" and at the first level are all the WordPress folders. So am I in compliance with the above requirement?

  2. It sounds like it.

  3. chaplaindoug
    Posted 3 years ago #


    You can perhaps understand my trepidation at switching a working web site over to a new model and finding I am hosed. Thanks for the help.

  4. I do understand :) The reason I said 'Should' is cause you're on IIS. I don't use it, btu it sounds like it's what I tell people to do for Linux.

  5. Curtiss Grymala
    Posted 3 years ago #

    chaplaindoug - If you visit your site's root page in your browser (for example, http://www.example.com/) and you see the index file from C:\InetPub\GoodNews, then "GoodNews" is the root folder. If you have to visit http://www.example.com/GoodNews/ in order to see the index file within C:\InetPub\GoodNews, then C:\InetPub is your root folder.

  6. chaplaindoug
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The instructions say:

    <b>If you want to use a sub-domain install, you must install WordPress in the root of your webpath (commonly public_html).</b>

    Apparently, per Curtiss' post above, my root folder is "GoodNews" (c:\inetpub\goodnews). Does this mean that WordPress is installed in my root folder? As you can tell, I am confused by the statement above.

  7. No, well... On LINUX no. We fixed that in WP 3.5 so you can have WP installed in GoodNews. I updated the codex to try to explain it...

    As long as your base URL is domain.com you can have WP in it's own folder.

  8. chaplaindoug
    Posted 3 years ago #


    Thanks for giving my posts some attention.

    I would really have liked to have my sub sites have "domain-based" URLs like site1.goodnewsjail.org, but after reading Before You Create a Network it made it sound like "go ahead and do it, but it will be like defusing a bomb that has twenty triggers." What I mean is, there were so many "musts" and "if you do this it will blow up"s that I said, "Easy? Right . . ." The "musts" were so cryptic and the hidden blow ups were so ominous. Am I missing something?

  9. Keep in mind, a LOT of things have slowly changed as time goes by.

    You can install WP in domain.com/wp and run it from domain.com

    So long as the front facing URL is domain.com, you SHOULD be able to map domains. I'm mostly sure, btu I've had a drink tonight.

    It would be BETTER to install in domain.com if at all possible, just to remove possible weird errors.

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