So I started installing the Multisite Network and then I realized that it had installed as a subdomain network instead of a sub-directory installation which is what I prefer.
I wanted to restore the site back to the original single site and start the multisite network install over again so I can end up with a subdomain install instead.
I've seen plenty of and generous posts talking about restoring the .htaccess file to original as well as removing the lines from wp-config that were added during process. Here's one.
That's easy and it does in fact restore it back to a simple site which is fine if you want to leave it as a simple site.
But, if you want to restore it completely to original and then do a fresh re-install the network for whatever reason the answers aren't as clear.
I've seen fragments of posts addressing different aspects of removing databases but unfortunately for a newbie like me, when someone says something like:
'Remove the two fields added to the users table that are multisite-only (deleted and spam columns).
Remove the following tables in database (prefixed by your DB prefix which is generally wp_):
wp_sitecategories (if you have global terms enabled)'
its great and helpful but I don't exactly know what that all means. I don't necessarily know where to find the specific files.
I poked around in my file manager to see if I can find these "databases" but didn't see anything referencing any of these.
For the benefit of all concerned, can someone provide a detailed step by step total removal of the network to allow a complete and fresh install of a multisite Network in language that a newb like me can understand?
As an add on, can you include how to make it so when I try to re-install the network that it will come up with the sub-domain install option? I read a post that mentioned a possible solution for that below.
Here's some posts that offer various suggestions. Thanks to all who takes the time to contribute for people like me.