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  • Resolved jpmclaughlin


    Is this even possible?

    I have a subdomain (, for example ) that I’ve tried setting up a Multisite subdirectory installation for. Ideally, I’d like etc. to work.

    Everything seems to work fine when I view the base site and the sub-sites, except that calls such as get_stylesheet_directory_uri() from themes used for sites add the site to the path:…

    According to you’re not supposed to give WordPress its own directory. WordPress is installed in the folder. Is that the problem? You just can’t/shouldn’t use a subdomain as the root for a Multisite install?

    I guess I can purchase a separate domain such as and point it to the directory. I’m just trying to avoid additional domain and hosting costs.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    So long as you want the URLs to be etc then just install WordPress as and you’re fine.

    What we mean is don’t try to install WordPress in and then think you can run it as

    Okay, well the installation worked fine. Some of my plugins don’t seem to work quite right yet, but hopefully that will be easy enough to figure out.

    Thanks for confirming that I wasn’t attempting the impossible (or at least the idiotic).

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Not all plugins work, though most do. If they fail when network activated, try it per-site.

    Actually, turns out everything was working fine. I had made two simple errors that made me think the whole setup was wrong. I had mistyped the filename for my logo image and I forgot to make changes to the setup page for a plugin. Once I fixed that, everything works great.

    A word to others who may be new to debugging in the WordPress Multisite environment…. When you use WordPress calls such as get_stylesheet_uri(), the paths to theme assets may look wrong, but everything should show up as expected. For instance, in my case, a path to an image would read rather than the expected

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