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  • Resolved nhiggs


    Quick bit of background info:
    I had a site set to tell people about things going on locally.
    After a while I decided to expand and have multiple sites so that I could cover other areas.
    To do this I converted it to a multisite network.
    I now have the main domain (say which has all the posts and data set up for the original area and subdomains (say and with posts and data on them for their areas.

    PhpMyAdmin shows that I have one main database with tables such as wp_site and wp_posts (which the original areas data) and others such as wp_2_posts and wp_3_posts (which contain area 2 and 3’s data).

    Now, I’d really prefer to have to be a main network site that has information about the network of sites and links to each area.

    This means I’d really like to be able to move the contents of the main domain ( to a new subdomain (

    How do I achieve this?
    Has anyone managed it?

    My initial thoughts were to use the wordpress export on the main site and then switch to a new subdomain and use the import. This didn’t seem to work offline however (may have timed out as my local wamp server is running really slow).

    Any idea if this should work and how it should be done? Any other ideas howto do this? Please bear in mind that this is my first site and I am not an expert at this stuff.


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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    If you want to switch the main blog out with another one, you can.

    Read – Chapter 13 shows you this, complete with pictures 🙂



    Wow! Quick reply!
    Cheers for that, that e-book looks excellent. Will have a good read when I get the baby to finally sleep.



    HaHa! It worked! was worried it would be really hard, but it was soooo easy I even managed it with a baby sat on my head!

    Thank you so much for that!
    Will def fully read and recommend that ebook to any / every one.


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