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  • Resolved cazm


    I have a site which had an old blog installed on it at “”. I tried installing a new version (with 3 multisite) as a blog(site) but was told this directory was reserved, so had to choose “photoblog” instead. It works fine. But in order to maintain old permalinks, I’ve had to put rewrite rules in the old /blog/ directory .htaccess file:

    RewriteBase /blog/
    RewriteRule 20(.*)$ /photoblog/20$1 [R,L]

    This also works fine (I don’t have posts older than 2007), for the new installation of photoblog – permalinks are working/redirecting as expected.

    OK, now back to the ROOT site. I want to have a NEWS section there (perfect to make with posts from the “root” blog/site). But I can’t make the permalink structure – it’s forcing me to use which of course breaks – because it’s being redirected to the where the post does not exist!

    In the admin screen for the root site, I can set a custom permalink structure – but only BELOW the “blog” directory. How can I change this to “news” instead?

    At the moment, I can’t see any way around this. Either my new “news” permalinks will be broken or my old “blog” permalinks will be broken 🙁

    Any advice appreciated, thanks!

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    The root blog (main-site etc) actually uses the /blog subfolder, which is why /blog/ is restricted. You CAN change it, mind you:

    If you install 3.0 MS in the root of your site (, then the default URL for blog pages will actually be

    You’d have to make a site called ‘News’ to use

    Unraveling that would be a trial. You should have a main ‘site’ with the permalink of /blog/ and I think my first step would be to change THAT to /news/ and see if that works.

    Thanks @ipstenu – hadn’t seen that setting in the Superadmin folder. All sorted out now, knew there should be a fix somewhere!

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