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  • For the past year, I’ve been using the subdomain version of WPMU on GoDaddy despite their claims that it won’t work on their servers. This is how I did it if you want some background.

    It’s been fine this whole time, but recently in the past couple of months I noticed the styles missing from the subdomains. I’m not sure when this happened or who’s fault it is, GoDaddy’s or WordPress 3.0. My main site can use the themes fine and I can see them in the preview section, but when I go the backend of one my subdomains, the previews no longer work but it still says that there is a theme applied.

    My main site is and an example of a subdomain is

    I even completely reinstalled Wordspress 3.0 and set it up according to the directions at GoDaddy,, but still no luck.

    Is there some way I can trick my installation into working? I really don’t want to use the subfolder option. Maybe editing the .htaccess to show the subdomains where the themes are at? I have no idea where to start.

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  • Hi, seems we’ve just the same (still unresolved) problem, see here:
    What d y thing? Can this be a server-related-matter? Cant imagine, that nobody’s using Multisite?
    See you, Thomas

    Tons of threads about it. in most cases it has been a server side issue. In two threads, people have found a “bug” (different in each case) where they hacked WP and it worked.

    When things are working and “suddenly” do not – please remember that webhosts update software on their servers all the time. Yes, this may break your stuff.

    Even with the subfolder option, the issue is *exactly the same*.


    It has to read your .htaccess file.

    I didn’t realize that the problem was also occurring on subfolder installs. GoDaddy claims that the subfolder options works though, so no worries there.

    I completely understand that webhosts update software on their servers regularly. I’m not trying to place blame on anyone, I’m just trying to figure out how to get my install to start working again.

    You say it has to read my .htaccess file. I have other rules in my .htaccess files that working fine, so does that mean I need to add a rule so the installation knows where the themes are for networked sites? Or does this mean that code needs to be hacked in the WP files?

    Any guidance would be much appreciated. By the way, I spent probably 15+ hours reading threads trying to figure this out and I can’t seem to find an answer. Maybe I’m searching using the wrong keywords? I’d love some examples if you could provide any.

    Yeah, we’ve had literally dozens of threads on it in just this section. but I notcied last week, doing a google search of a subforum here isn;t working any more. :-/

    Some people say they’ve found a bug. I didn;t save the threads.

    Most people have to force mod_rewrite to read the htaccess in that folder by putting
    AllowOverride FileInfo Options
    in Apache.

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