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  • 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?

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  • It sounds like it.


    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.

    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.

    chaplaindoug – If you visit your site’s root page in your browser (for example, and you see the index file from C:\InetPub\GoodNews, then “GoodNews” is the root folder. If you have to visit in order to see the index file within C:\InetPub\GoodNews, then C:\InetPub is your root folder.

    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.

    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 you can have WP in it’s own folder.


    Thanks for giving my posts some attention.

    I would really have liked to have my sub sites have “domain-based” URLs like, 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?

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

    You can install WP in and run it from

    So long as the front facing URL is, 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 if at all possible, just to remove possible weird errors.

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