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  • Howdy,

    I’m trying to create a multisite install for a client who already has a legacy site on their main domain.

    They don’t want to take that site down until the new site is ready, so what I had planned was to stage the new multilingual site in a different web root with domains set up like so:

    And when it was all ready to go we’d just point the at It seemed like a sensible approach to me.

    However, now that I’m setting it up I’ve discovered that WordPress wants to use the as the base domain for the other sites in the network, so I’d end up with instead of

    This is my first attempt at a multisite install, so I didn’t see this coming at all. Can anyone think of a way around this problem?

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  • What’s in

    Because yes, you need WP installed in if you want You may be able to install in, set up a static front page that is the same as current, and then build behind the scenes.

    (Caveat: In WP 3.5 you will be able to install in and then run from, but that doesn’t help your problem at all)

    Thanks for your response, Mika – it’s a shame there isn’t a way around this. I think what I’ll have to do is just stage it in English only then perform a site move operation when it comes time to make it live, then set up the multisite configuration.

    It’s a drawback to any site build out. Moving sites is a pain.

    Generally I build it all local as domain.loc, and then when I’m ready to go live, search/replace the DB for loc/com

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