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  • You would have had to when you installed WP before activating multisite.

    Hi @ipstenu !

    Thank you for the reply, since my installation is brand new can I disable multisite temporarily and set my primary site with www ?

    Once done I can re-enable multisite, can this attract any problems? I’m concerned regarding database. My understanding/knowledge about databases is almost zero.

    Kind regards

    If you remove it properly (all the extra tables) you can enable it again later.


    Thank you again. I’m sorry I forgot to mention my MultiSite installation is wildcard sub domain based with domain mapping.

    I hope this doesn’t matter, I was wondering ‘www’ is also a sub-domain. Kindly confirm whether this can be a problem?

    Kind regards

    Doesn’t matter, and www is not a subdomain, it’s special. 🙂

    I followed everything and ended up with –

    No site defined on this host. If you are the owner of this site, please check Debugging a WordPress Network for help.

    I then completely deleted WordPress and the db. I’m now working with a fresh install and a fresh db.

    Thank you very much for all your help
    Happy New Year 🙂

    Okay, so now I set up my primary site’s alias to Enabled multiste and I have following error message :

    Warning! Wildcard DNS may not be configured correctly!

    The installer attempted to contact a random hostname ( on your domain. This resulted in an error message: Couldn’t resolve host ’’

    To use a subdomain configuration, you must have a wildcard entry in your DNS. This usually means adding a * hostname record pointing at your web server in your DNS configuration tool.

    You can still use your site but any subdomain you create may not be accessible. If you know your DNS is correct, ignore this message.

    This was not the problem when my primary domain alias was Also it should be and not

    FYI : I’m at Godaddy and I’ve a dedicated IP address.


    When you installed WordPress, you have to set the home and site URL as

    No WWWs in there. Did you do that?

    Hello again!
    I hope I’m not annoying you.

    Yes the fresh WP install has it as I’m manually changing ‘WordPress Address (URL)’ and ‘Site Address (URL)’ to

    Screen shot is here –

    Should I not add www here? I can still remove it but then where to define primary site alias?

    I have only taken step 1 on MS install which is to add :
    /* Multisite */
    define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);

    I can still revert back as per your guidance.

    You should not have www there.

    That’s exactly where you need to remove it 🙂


    Yes ok, I’m removing it and once done, it will be default setting but you didn’t tell me where do I define ‘www’ for my primary site then?

    Kindly tell me the secret please, I’m being waited to finish this installation.

    Kind regards

    The secret is you don’t.

    www is not a subdomain, and it’s not something you should have in your site URL for WordPress Multisite. Leave it out, and magically watch your site redirect to

    watch your site redirect to

    No, but I want to I want to have www.

    My first installation was already which I wanted to be

    Your first comment above in this thread said

    You would have had to when you installed WP before activating multisite.

    I would have had to what? Where?


    I did do this and it invloved changing I beleive 5 Mysql tables as well as the wp-cnfig. You are not going to be able to change it through any regular wordpress admin option. It’s php my admin, and changing the wp-config.php. look in the wp_blogs, wp_options, wp_site, wp_sitemeta, user_meta tables, if I remember right.

    I think I will re-ask my question and I will try to be more simple. Lets assume I have no set up yet. I will start from scratch so here is what I want. A WordPress MultiSite where :

    Primary Site : www-MyPrimarySite-com
    Sub Site 1 : www-alpha-com
    Sub Site 2 : www-beta-com
    Sub Site 3 : www-gamma-com
    and so on..

    All I want is every site (INCLUDING PRIMARY SITE) must start with ‘www’. That’s all I want.


    In a default installation everything else is fine just primary site is missing ‘www’

    Kindly advice me a workaround asap

    We have found that you need 2 domains here ( with and without www) and choose primary as the main website

    No, the domain mapping is not available for Main (Primary) Website of the network.

    Kind regards

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