Currently have an issue with a fresh install of multisite as a subdomain network on my local MAMP. The main site is functional, although any subsequent subsite that I create is not. When I create a subsite I can visit the site, but I have no dashboard access. Selecting dashboard redirects to the log-in (which does not allow Super Admin user access). In other words -- no back end here.
Have explored variations of my hosts file, and Apache httpd-vhosts.conf without success.
What I am trying to do is install a multisite subdomain network on my local host (MAMP) for development to match the functioning multisite subdomain network on my live host. If necessary, I will switch to the subdirectory network for live and local but want to see if this can be resolved first.
Am I wrong to think I can setup a multisite subdomain network on my localhost? I understand that a subdirectory network on localhost is a no-brainer, but this is not what I want. I have read through a multitude of tutorials around setting up a multisite subdomain, although I have not heard of anything relating to this issue of no dashboard access.
Three things I am uncertain about that may relate to the issue:
1) I am confused about "blogs.dir". Is it necessary to create this directory within wp-content? I have heard yes, and no on the topic. I am running 3.5.1 and think this is a non issue.
2) Should my main url include a TLD to allow the subdomain network to work? Currently, it is "example". Should I change this to "example.dev"?
3) My current configuration is in question -- specifically how I have entered httpd-vhosts.conf (Please offer corrections if any):
Ports: Apache port 80, MySQL Port 8889 (unsure if this should be 3306)
Apache: Set to root directory
Mac hosts file:
MAMP/conf/apache/httpd.conf -- virtual hosts uncommented:
# Virtual hosts
ServerAlias *.example *.site1.example
This is probably something simple and overlooked as usual, but I am stuck in the mud and fishing for answers.
Thank you in advance for feedback.