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  • arcadiagardenproducts


    I have installed multiple multisites with WordPress on Bluehost and Dreamhost, this is my first time doing a a multisite install on Godaddy and I am having a few hiccups.

    As far as I know, you can set up a multi-site network on a subdomain if WordPress is installed on the root of the subdomain on Godaddy’s server. The first time I tried with Godaddy, I changed the wp-config file and was initially able to set up and install a network on WP. I went through the configuration setting as told, changing my wp-config file and web.config files. I did not touch my .htaccess file (which was blank)

    After I went through the configuration, I kept getting a 500 internal server error. Upon further inspection I viewed my blank .htaccess file and copied the code below.
    # BEGIN WordPress
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} –f [OR]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
    RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php?/$1
    # End WordPress

    This didn’t fix the issue, however I was able to revert back to my initial installation and my site is now in its original state.
    Now, as I go back through to troubleshoot the issue, I try to install the network again. However now I get an error message stating Warning: An existing WordPress network was detected.

    My question is, where have I gone wrong? As far as I have researched, it seems the 500 internal server error is definitely coming from the .htaccess file. However, I already know that Godaddy already has issues with multisite setups, so I am curious if maybe I skipped a prior step to getting the multi site set up.

    Also if you could direct me how to get rid of the extra network to install a fresh new multisite setup this would also be appreciated.


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  • Go Daddy


    Go Daddy Support


    We don’t recommend using the WordPress SubDomains option with our shared hosting if you are planning on using wildcard subdomains.

    That being said, I do notice that you’re mentioning changing your web.config file which leads me to think you may be running WordPress on a Windows Platform. We highly recommend using Linux for WordPress for more efficiency and especially if you’re going to be setting up Multisite.

    You also mentioned changes made to your .htaccess file.

    It’s important to note that the .htaccess file will not affect anything on a Windows platform. .htaccess is strictly for Linux whereas web.config is strictly for Windows. So, depending which platform you’re on, you’ll only need to use the one related file as the other one will have no effect.

    For more information on setting up Multisite on our shared hosting, I recommend reviewing the article found here:

    If you are, in fact, on Windows and would like to move to the Linux platform, you can find instructions to do so here:


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