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  • 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 ( rather than the main site 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, but when I tried setting up a new site WP made it

    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 * I did that and then proceeded to install WP on 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 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 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 be your main multisite site then your subdomains on it will all be something like

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

    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 then it will be something like public_html/blogs … If it is just for, 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 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:

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