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Sub-directory install of multisite on Bluehost

  • Hi all,

    I am admittedly new to this forum and to Multisite. I’m running into a few snags and after trying a bunch of different things, uninstalling and reinstalling, everything is starting to blur together. I’m hoping if I explain the context here, you all might be able to see through it and tell me what I’m doing wrong. đŸ˜‰

    My ultimate goal is to create a multisite network of blogs that my students can use for their portfolios. I am trying to install multisite on a subdomain (blogs.isbreda.com) rather than the main site http://www.isbreda.com. I was told by WP after enabling the network that I had no choice but to do a subdomain install, which is not what I want. I want the student sites to follow the path blogs.isbreda.com/student1, but when I tried setting up a new site WP made it student1.blogs.isbreda.com.

    The site is hosted at Bluehost. After talking with their support chat, I was given a link to this article:


    Which then led me to this article:


    The guy at Bluehost support said I needed to create a wildcard subdomain of *.isbreda.com. I did that and then proceeded to install WP on blogs.isbreda.com for the umpteenth time, but still faced this message: “Because your install is not new, the sites in your WordPress network must use sub-domains. The main site in a sub-directory install will need to use a modified permalink structure, potentially breaking existing links.”

    Was I supposed to do something with that *-domain? Redirect it to something? Should I NOT be installing wordpress in blogs.isbreda.com even though I want it to be there?

    Oh, and not sure if this information helps, but I installed WP using the one-click install on Bluehost’s cPanel and then edited the wp-config and htaccess files there.

    Eventually after trying some of the tricks detailed in the two articles, I broke the site and couldn’t log in to blogs.isbreda.com/wp-admin. So I uninstalled…again…and decided to reach out to the support forums.

    Thank you all in advance for your help!

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  • If you have blogs.isbreda.com be your main multisite site then your subdomains on it will all be something like sub.blogs.isbreda.com.

    If you want your subdomains to all be in a format like sub.isbreda.com, then your main multisite install would be best on isbreda.com

    You also cannot setup a subfolder multisite install from a subfolder. It would have to be on the domain itself.

    If you’re going for a wildcard subdomain approach, make sure that the wildcard subdomain you create is assigned to the root folder for your multisite install and *not* to a “wildcard” directory. If it is for blogs.isbreda.com then it will be something like public_html/blogs … If it is just for isbreda.com, then it would be something like public_html (Assuming that your domain is assigned directly to the public_html directory). If you need to, delete and recreate your wildcard * subdomain

    If your install on blogs.isbreda.com is fairly new, just delete it and install a new one, then setup multisite on it. If the content on there is important, then you might be able to work around that with something like the following: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/to-create-a-new-network-you-will-need-to-empty-or-remove-the-network-database-t?replies=13

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