[resolved] is there any way to install multisite in a godaddy windows server? (26 posts)

  1. ahalkab
    Posted 6 years ago #

    im so dissapointed of godaddy, their support and flexibility have a very bad quality, ill never get any more services from them again, i finally would like to know if there is anyway to install a multisite in a hosted domain, in any other place different than root. I have a windows unlimited hosting account. tks if ahyone could help

  2. Not if you want to use subdomains, no.

  3. ahalkab
    Posted 6 years ago #

    No, i quit trying to use subdomains, i just want to install it at anyplace different than root.

  4. Should be okay, but I gotta tell ya, multisite on a windows server is a wee bit trickier. adding godaddy is... well, I'm sure they are nice people. :D

  5. Go Daddy
    Go Daddy Support
    Posted 6 years ago #


    I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment. I hope we are able to help resolve that.

    Currently, there should not be any reason why this could not work on our shared hosting accounts. You can install multisite into a directory other than the root by installing WordPress 3.0 to your specified directory, then enabling the multisite feature.

    If you're running into errors, let us know some details as we would love to look into this further.


  6. ahalkab
    Posted 6 years ago #

    yes, i hope so, if someday any person could intall a multisite in a windows godaddy server, please share knowledge...

  7. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    is there a specific reason to stay on a windows server - other than godaddy just sets everyone up that way by default?

    you can switch to a linux server for free in the hosting control panel

  8. ahalkab
    Posted 6 years ago #

    hey trevor tks for your support, this the answer that i get from godaddy support:
    "Unfortunately we are unable to support third party application issues and we do not support the inner functionality of this program. However, WordPress Multisite does require url_rewrite which relies heavily upon mod_rewrite. This functionality may not be fully supported with IIS. At this time, you may wish to switch the operating sytem for your hosting plan from Windows to Linux to better support WordPress Multisite."

    I have other applications that only work with windows so i cant do this.

    I installed wordpress in the my unlimited windows hosting account:
    primarydomain.com, and i want to install the multisite as a section of misite.org.ps that is hosted in the same hosting account; I want to intall the multisite for a "news" section of this site, not in root. The normal install is succesful, i access my dashboard normally, then i modified the wp-config to allow the multisite install, after that i choose tools/network/install, filled the blanks,
    clicked install and then i get the instructions to:
    - create a blogs dir
    - enable writing in my folder
    - some code to modify my wp-config
    - some code to create a web.config file
    - log in again

    i have done this so many times in many different ways, but when i try to log in, i get always a 500 internal server error. I hope u can tell me whats missing in the procedure, or if definitely is not possible to do what im looking for.tks

  9. maoski
    Posted 6 years ago #

    quote "However, WordPress Multisite does require url_rewrite which relies heavily upon mod_rewrite. This functionality may not be fully supported with IIS." unquote

    basically GD are saying you cant do it on (their) windows servers

  10. ahalkab
    Posted 6 years ago #

    ok ok, i give up, i swith to linux

  11. Shifra
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I run my WP 3.0 multisite website (with BP too!) on GoDaddy with a deluxe shared hosting account on a windows server. I've had no problems at all, ever.

  12. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    I've had no problems at all, ever.

    wow that's incredible considering even godaddy concedes it doesn't work well

  13. Shifra
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I think whomever emailed him was uninformed. I've found several people there aren't trained to say, "I don't know, let me find someone who does" instead of just pulling answers out of the sky. When I'm not happy with an answer, I ask to talk to someone else.

    I've been a customer there 8+ years and host all my dozen domains with them, with no problems at all.

  14. ahalkab
    Posted 6 years ago #

    wow shifra! i couldnt make it work
    tks samuel i tought i had to pay for the switch to linux
    24 hrs later i have my multisite workin! :)
    So happy!
    and since my subdomain!, (another lie from godaddy says that u couldnt)

  15. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    yea you will be happier with the linux box for almost any software you want to run

  16. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    are you on a dedicated server? Because I have done 100's of installs at godaddy and the windows installs on shared servers never work out of the box - you have to configure , work around, trick the server...

  17. Shifra
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm not on a dedicated server. Just a plain ol' deluxe account. (which is not even a top o' the line account)

    This wouldn't work on an economy hosting account and I of course needed a dedicated IP, but other than that it's a plain Jane account.

    Maybe it's just because I've been a customer of theirs for so long :wink: lol

  18. Christopher
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I use GoDaddy's unlimited/ultimate hosting account for the Windows OS. I have multiple domains hosted under this plan. For each domain I created a subdirectory with the name of the domain and pointed (aliased) the domain to the similarly named subdirectory (i.e., "domain1.com" is aliased to "\domain1com", "domain2.net" is aliased to "\domain2net", etc.).

    I performed an Application Install of WordPress for each domain. NOTE: the install script will only allow the selection of the hosting account's Primary domain. This is OK, this will be corrected in a later step. For the installation directory I specified the desired domain name subdirectory followed by "\wordpress" (i.e., "domain1.com" is installed in "\domain1com\wordpress", "domain2.net" is installed in "\domain2net\wordpress", etc.).

    If your primary domain is a functional (i.e., registered NOTE: mine is not) you should be able to navigate to "primarydomain.com/domain1com/wordpress", go to the Settings - General page, and modify the two links changing "primarydomain.com/domain1com" to "domain1.com" and repeat for each install. If the primary domain is not functional, you can use the database manager to oprn the various databases and change the entries. Unless you do this step, NONE of the links generated by WordPress will work.

    If you have to modify the database directly, perform the following: After I am finished with the installs, I examine the installation details to determine the databasename created for each installation. I use the database manager to open each database and browse "wp_options". You will find two entries which contain the directories WordPress will use when building links to access objects within the installation. By default, the hosting account's Primary domain is specified at the beginning of the link, followed by the installation directory path specified during the install (e.g., "http://primarydomain.com/domain1com/wordpress". I modifed the entries to have the "correct" domains (e.g., "http://domain1.com/wordpress" NOTE: the matching subdirectory name is not needed since the corrected domain is already aliased to it.). Logout of the database. Repeat these two modifications for each domain's database.

    Now, I can successfully navigate to "domain1.com/wordpress", WordPress runs, and ALL links are functional. I have not encountered any other problems with GoDaddy's WordPress installation to-date. If there are any problems I can "expect" to find, I would appreciate anyone giving me a heads-up.

  19. I performed an Application Install of WordPress for each domain.

    And this thread (indeed this whole section of the forum) is about using the built-in multisite feature. One install. One db.

  20. Christopher
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Sorry Andrea_r, I misunderstood what was actually meant by multisite. I did not intend to offend anyone.

  21. SimpleWP
    Posted 5 years ago #

    GoDaddy tech support just told me that nothing could be done, quite unlike many other tech support persons there. Encouraged by Trevor@Godaddy and Shifra, above, I will give them another chance to help me. I have Linux, trying to install WP 3.01 multisite. I have previously installed WP MU 2.92 with GoDaddy and thought 3.0 would come more easily.

  22. If you want to use wildcard subdomains at GoDaddy, they require you to get a dedicated IP.

  23. SimpleWP
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks Andrea. I called back and did just that. Expect and hope to be up in 72 hours.

  24. plonka2000
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This may sound a bit dense, but can someone briefly explain the difference between 'multisite' and what cfulgham is described in his post? I'm not new to hosting and website development in general, but that seemed confusing to me.

    I think I'm trying to do what you've described.
    I have multiple .com domains registered at godaddy and I'm currently in the process of getting them setup. I'm trying to get my wordpress 3.0.1 .com domain setup in a subdirectory of my main Windows host but using its own .com domain. The godaddy controls do not let me setup the domain in the subdirectory, so I am wondering if your method is what I need.

    I have a standard 'deluxe' hosting package, no static IP currently.

    Does this mean I'm doing 'multisite'?

  25. No.

    Multisite is a *feature* within WordPress to handle multiple blogs (sites) within ONE installation. they are virtual./ You do not set up folders on the server for them. You do not install WordPress multiple times.

    Are you familiar with wordpress.com? This is what the multisite feature does - gives you a setup like that, but your own to manage.

    Multiple installations of WordPress is not multisite.

  26. Mimi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm glad (or sorry) to see I'm not the only one having problems with this. I have a deluxe windows hosting account with godaddy and am trying to install wordpress to a directory within my account (not the root) and enable multiple sites to work off of one wordpress install. but it's not working :(. Help said I had to put a web.config file in the wordpress install directory but when I put it there, the site totally stopped working. The domain that correlates to the wordpress install directory is catdogdr.com.
    Anybody have any insight into any of this????

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