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WordPress 3.0 Multisite on Bluehost? (18 posts)

  1. christopherross
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Does anybody have experience getting multisite to work with domains on Bluehost specifically? If there's a step-by-step guide, I'd love to see a link to it.

  2. Godaisies
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm trying to get it to work with no luck so far. I've got it multi-sites enabled but when I try to go to my new website, nothing shows up.

  3. Bluehost does not support wildcard subdomains. At all.

    So, you need to pick subfolders. if you can't, you'll either have to wrangle the install or give up or use a different domain or install a new instance.

  4. bh_WP_fan
    Posted 4 years ago #

  5. mercadder
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My site http://mercadder.com is on Bluehost and running WordPress multisites, using subdomains.

    picadder.mercadder.com ...(testing)

    Follow the normal instructions and the Bluehost specific instructions are:

    1. create an asterik "*" subdomain. Only this subdomain has to be created.

    2. create sites from the new WordPress Multisites form page...

    Hope this helps

  6. Did they recently change this? Cuz my response was based on their tech support.

  7. mercadder
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yes Andrea, they say that but it works anyway.


  8. What backend are they using? Cpanel?

  9. In other words, they just don't want you to install it. :D

  10. bh_WP_fan
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It's a cPanel thing. My understanding is that it actually will work on the primary domain on the account, but not for addons. And it may require a Dedicated IP even to work on the primary domain. If you notice otherwise, mercadder, I'd love to hear it.

  11. mercadder
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am using subdomains on the primary domain, not a dedicated IP.

    They have options for Wildcards when you want to redirect. For WordPress Multisites just create an "*" subdomain.

  12. benedictword
    Posted 4 years ago #

    i tried the link up there on how to force subdirectorys, followed it to the letter but there was a few problems with the install after as in the super admin panel changes both sites and one site not being visible.

    i wouldn't mind using subdomains but i am using an add on domian as my main site.

  13. mercadder
    Posted 4 years ago #

  14. jamiddy
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Everyone, I'm a newbie and have two existing WP installations in subfolders for two separate existing blogs that are hosted on Bluehost. I intend to migrate these two blogs to a new install of WP 3.0 multisite which I've already installed in the root directory and activated to multisite status by inserting the one line of code as per many of the tutorials I've seen.

    However, in the next steps, I am confused whether to choose subdirectories or subdomains as I move forward in the installation. The various blogs within the multisite environment need to be completely separate from one another relative to URL addresses, identity, etc.

    Does anyone have any advice and/or pros and cons of whether to use subdirectories or subdomains moving forward in the multisite installation? Thanks!

  15. You mean ultimately you'll be domain mapping them? If you, either will do. but in your case on bluehost, I'd just go with subfolders.

  16. mercadder
    Posted 4 years ago #

    1. Create a fresh WordPress installation
    2. Export your two existing blogs to files. Those are in subfolders.
    3. Create network with WordPress multisite: choose subfolders.
    4. Import each blog manually.

    It will be easy keep the same subfolders scheme, at least you want to deal with the databases...

  17. enkerli
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Tried it again through another (older) Bluehost account that I administer for an academic association and it does work as planned. This time, though, I started by enabling multi-site. As soon as I added the '*' subdomain, I was able to create new sites. But because I tried creating sites before enabling the wildcard subdomain, I end up with some subdomains I can't use. No big deal, but a bit unfortunate.
    In this case, it's with the primary (and only) domain for this Bluehost account. But with another account (quite recent), I added the wildcard subdomain to an add-on domain and it seems to work flawlessly. (Mentioned it as a comment here.)
    So this might be an unsupported feature Bluehost has. It does support unlimited subdomains and they already do "wildcard redirects."
    The subdomain version does make some things easier, with my existing installation.

  18. I woudl definitely be leaning more towards the theory they don't want to support it.

    And the other subdomain issue - yes, this is because the wildcard record is being processed before the other subdomains. The host would need to switch that around.

    which is probably just one reason they may not want to officially support it - requires more time to fiddle.

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