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    Hi I am trying to install WordPress Multisite on my WordPress Website using the Sub-Directories instead of the Sub-Domain method.

    How would I go about doing this?

    I currently get no option to install the network in Sub-Directories. It says “Sub-domain Install – Because your install is not new, the sites in your WordPress network must use sub-domains. The main site in a sub-directory install will need to use a modified permalink structure, potentially breaking existing links.”

    The wordpress website that I’ve built is new and isn’t finished yet.

    I was thinking of just reinstalling wordpress but that could take quite a bit of time. Any guesses on how to resolve this issue would be a huge help. I don’t mind deleting the 18 posts I’ve created and then putting them back in later but I do have a lot of plugins, etc..


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  • If you don’t have any media attachments (or very few), you could just use the built in WordPress exporter to back up your 18 posts and use the WP importer to add those posts back again once your up and running.

    If you decide to reinstall, you can download your wp-content folder via FTP to keep all of your themes, plugins & media files to re-upload.

    Be sure to backup your database, also, just in case!

    Turn on Multisite for subdomain, just as it says.

    DO NOT create any sites. Just get to where you can see the network stuff.

    THEN edit your wp-config.php file and change the define for SUBDOMAIN to false.

    That’s it 🙂


    Thanks guys. Both answers were great advice.

    @josh So the WordPress Export will export everything but the media files? Correct?

    @ipstenu Thanks for the recommendation. I searched around the interweb and found these two articles that ‘slightly’ extended upon your answer. But your answer did get me searching.

    Anyone looking to Force WordPress Multisite to use Sub-Directories or Sub-Folders these two articles will guide you through the process. Read both fully before starting.

    Best Article: (Takes a while to load the page. Be patient)

    Reference Article:

    Thanks again guys. Cheers.

    Oh, I did forget ‘and change your .htaccess’ didn’t I? Heh. But that’s basically it. Change two files 🙂

    No. Unfortunately, there are many more steps than two. If there were only two steps it would take 2 minutes. But You did good in getting me to think about the method. So thank you very much. It worked out well after finding the two articles. Cheers.

    @josh So the WordPress Export will export everything but the media files? Correct?

    You are correct, sir.

    Import will pull in files, IF they can still be accessed.

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