Transition a mulit-site from an IP address to a domain name (5 posts)

  1. techguytom
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've setup 6 sites under one install and during setup used the IP address as the root. So the root site is at for example http://123.456.78.90/ and the other sites are sub-directories, http://123.456.78.90/site2/, http://123.456.78.90/site3/, etc.

    I'm getting ready to move the domains onto the sites and I'm wondering if there are any pitfalls I should be aware of. I plan on mapping them one at a time but for the root site it looks like I'll need to modify the DB to change the references to the ip address url. I found references under the site table and the options table. Are their any other that need to be changed? Or is their a way to do this within the admin itself?

    When it's all said and done I'm looking to have the root at domain1.com then the subdirectories be each of their own domains as well. Was building it all out at an IP address to start with OK?

  2. Ah, well that makes it easier... :D

    While the IP address will be all over the place (go to phpmyadmin and do a search.. yeah, fun!), for the ones you're going to map it won't matter so much, so you could get away with not changing them, *especially* if you are going to hide the original subfolder.

  3. techguytom
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks, I'll try just changing the root and see if the others can fall in place.

  4. primaxxwordpress
    Posted 5 years ago #


    I did something similar. I created a wordpress site using the IP address for just a single site.

    I have recently updated the dns to have the domain url "go-live".

    Now I am noticing all the links use the IP address. I did find this out on google...


    Any insight as to whether this is a reasonable approach.

    Thanks in advance.

    site is 3d-oil.com

  5. Yeah, I said above all links woudl still have the IP address if you didn't change them.

    In a network, the domain name (in this case the IP) is saved in all kinds of places in the db. You need to go through and change them all. It is not the same as moving a single WP install.

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