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  • Hi,

    I am trying to setup wordpress so that I can use it in different subdirectories. The hierarchy would be as follows:

    |- blog/
    |    |- blog1/
    |    |- blog2/
    |    |- ...
    |- community/
         |- community1/blog/
         |- community2/blog/
         |- ...

    Only leaves need to have blogs.

    So far, I have the blog/ branch working, that’s a simple multisite with subdirectories installed at blog/.

    I am now trying to add the community/ branch but as I thought it would be difficult, I first tried to add community/ with the same structure as blog/:

    |- community/
        |- blog3/
        |- blog4/
        |- ...

    I thought that would be “simple” because it seemed to be the basic setup for multi networks. I have tried using WP Multi-Network without much luck. The installation doc says it simple to setup, but I believe there are some changes to make in the configuration of the server and in wp-config.php that are not explained. I have tried several configurations but none of them worked as expected.
    I could find a couple other plugins that seem similar (Network+ and Networks for WordPress) but I believe they mostly work the same way so I heven’t tested them (Network+ seems quite powerful, but I don’t want to buy it if I’m not sure it will do what I want).

    One of the issues is to know where to install wordpress… Should it be in blog/ (or community/) or in their common parent? The next one is what needs to be changed in the different config files?
    I have tried a lot of combinations but none of them worked. I’m not going into details of my setup because I’ve tried so many things that I don’t even know where I would start…

    … And this is only the first part part of problem (which I could live with). Then I’d like to setup community/ as presented at the beginning, which I didn’t manage to do, even on another wordpress install because network sites seem to only work if they are one level below the root. Again, I thought about using multiple networks (one per community with one blog at community*/blog) but since I did not manage to get several networks, I didn’t try any further.

    Hoping that someone can help me,


    P.S.: Our production server is currently running WP 3.0.5 (debian) so I’m testing mostly for this version but I could use a more recent version if needed.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    If Blogs and Communities don’t need to be interconnected, then you should just make two separate multisites.

    One in /blog/ and one in /community/ would do it.

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    You cannot nest subfolder installs with multisite. Not even with network plugins.

    Subdomains, yes. Subfolders, no.

    BuddyPress? Would not the Group functionality and the ability to set those up act like your “Community” and allow you to be able to interconnect the “Blog” user to the Group that they want to belong to? In the settings field you can turn off all of the other stuff if you don’t want it like forums and things like that?

    Some of getting my custom nav bars to work correctly with BuddyPress and then being able to navigate around takes some messing around and figuring out, but it may offer a bunch of the community type things you are looking for?

    Thanks for the answers. I’ll probably use two separate wordpress and forget my first idea for the hierarchy of community/.

    I’m also looking into BuddyPress, but I don’t think it will fill my needs either (it seems to do many things that I don’t need/want but can’t deactivate).

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    Actually, most of the BuddyPress features can be disabled. You can strip it down to just the user profiles & that’s it.

    If you can get your theme to work the way you want to without too much work with BuddyPress (they have a converter) then this is the link to the component setup section.

    All of these “Components” are simply a check box away from being enabled or disabled. And you can do so on the fly. It also allows for growth down the road if you ever wanted to add those features.

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