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  • A while back when I was setting things up I installed wordpress in a subdomain, eg:

    at this point I was just planning to use wordpress for the blog, and use something else for the main site (eg: But now I’d like to use wordpress for the main site as well – and i’m not really sure how to proceed.

    Ideally I’d like to avoid having to maintain and update 2 instances of wordpress – but i don’t think my current hosting plan allows wildcard dns.

    I’ve looked at loads of documentation, but none seems to be exactly what i want, and everything seems to have a pitfall.
    My blog doesn’t have a huge amount of traffic, but i’d prefer not to lose any google ranking and incoming links, which i might do if i move it. But without moving it, i can’t see how to do it on one installation. And even if i do move it (for example to i’m not sure of the best way to proceed.

    Maybe i’m overthinking this – but there doesn’t seem to me to be any good solution. 🙁
    Any suggestions?

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Probably the easiest way would be to build a new WordPress network install on your root and then export/import your existing blog. That way the new site in root is the main site, and your old blog becomes Blog #2.

    You SHOULD be able to keep subdomains, though I think you have to use parked domains instead, if you can’t use wildcard. Other people have done that.

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress


    can set up multisite in the root, use subdomains but make the subdomains manually. some people have had success.

    Thanks for the help. I realised I was overcomplicating things.

    Turned out to be pretty easy once I realised I was confusing myself with the whole multi-site thing. As I wanted a blog as a sub section of a wordpress-driven website, i finally realised I didn’t need multiple sites at all – just needed one site with the home page set as a Page, and the posts index in the /blog/ subdirectory.

    Finally a 301 redirect seems to work for pointing all the old pages at the new ones. (though it does change the URL in the browser, but i don’t think i can get around that on free hosting.)

    Cheers for the help though.

    Refs for anyone with a similar issue:

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    Yep, if you only needed a front page and a /blog/ multisite is waaaaaaaaay overkill and single WP does it already.

    glad you figured it out.

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