[resolved] [closed] WP Multisite on Bluehost - best to choose subdirectories or subdomains? (24 posts)

  1. 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!

  2. (huh, I thought I answered this)

    Pick subfolders.

    Also, if you want them each to have their own domain names, get this:

  3. OooooOOOoooo... :)
    You are making a compelling case for being my assistant.

  4. You are making a compelling case for being my assistant.

    If that's an offer, I really do need a second job. Consulting is not what it used to be.

  5. Really? If you can get up to speed on multisite stuff - especially domain mapping - you'll get plenty takers.

  6. I've been steadily working on it. Trying balance my time between job hunting, writing for WLTC, and improving my multisite knowledge.

    Of course, I suppose I'd learn more if I spent less time volunteering here. It's like a drug. ;)

  7. Don't I know it... :D

  8. jamiddy
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks everyone for your great feedback -- I'll give you an update asap. If I'm able to finish up the multisite setup, I'm still a bit leery about the next steps of migrating my existing live sites to new folders within the new multisite installation; I'll upload the domain mapping plugin as I definitely need to have separate domain names for each blog. I've seen a few fragmented tutorials, but does anyone have any recommendations as to the best and easiest way that works on Bluehost to accomplish this so I don't inadvertently screw up my live sites? Thanks!

  9. jamiddy
    Posted 4 years ago #

    An update: I successfully enabled multisite mode and have the Superadmin panel! Thanks everyone.

    I then created a new * subdomain in Bluehost (although I've read conflicting info if that is the way to go)

    Then I downloaded the domain mapping plugin as per the link from Andrea_r -- but now I'm stuck:

    I downloaded the domain mapping plug in and
    1) uploaded sunrise.php into the wp-content/ folder
    2) created a new wp-content/mu-plugins folder
    3) uploaded the domain_mapping.php into the wp-content/mu-plugins folder
    4) edited the wp-config.php file and added: define('SUNRISE','on');
    5) but when returning to the Super Admin at the dashboard, there is no Super Admin -> Domain Mapping subtab to proceed ...

    Did I incorrectly install this plugin, or have I missed a step somewhere? Any ideas?? Thanks

  10. jamiddy
    Posted 4 years ago #

    OK; another update as I muddle my way through the unknown. Turns out that I did not upload the domain_mapping.php into the correct folder -- now that it's correctly in the mu-plugins folder, everything appears to work! Hooray!

    I've also managed to create a new blog and new parked domain which appears to correctly map to a separate URL address, so the overall environment seems to functioning. Now to confront the biggest hurdle: migrating my existing blogs to the multisite install. This is where I get confused: is it necessary to export the existing blogs (which are now add-on domains) and then reimport all of that data into the newly created blogs in the new multisite wp install? Or is there some more simple way to accomplish the migration?

  11. bh_WP_fan
    Posted 4 years ago #

  12. Export / Import it is.

  13. A Egg
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi, I have also recently installed a multisite network on Bluehost. I set it to subdirectories, and the sites that I create exist, but there is one problem - the wp-admin and wp-login are not found. Basically, there is no backend.

    What might I have missed?

  14. A Egg
    Posted 4 years ago #

    unfortunately that didn't work. the tables all appear to be correct in PHPMyAdmin, and I c+p exactly what was posted for htaccess.

    Per the WP codex instructions, I created a directory called "blogs" in wp-content. When I create a new site, however, this folder is still empty. Is this part of the problem possibly?

  15. Per the WP codex instructions, I created a directory called "blogs" in wp-content. When I create a new site, however, this folder is still empty. Is this part of the problem possibly?


    It;s not a folder called, blog, it's a folder called blogs.dir.

    Also, the blogs themselves do not live in there. That folder is purely for media uploads. that's it. the blogs are virtual, they work via htaccess.

    Which is your problem. Which is the same issue as the other thread.

  16. A Egg
    Posted 4 years ago #


    I've made some progress by following the instructions in that thread. The strange issue now is that when I go to my second blog's wp-admin (with or without the trailing "/"), it simply redirects me to my primary blog's main index.

  17. stephaniefraser
    Posted 4 years ago #

    A Egg... we are in the same boat...

  18. Note stephanie cleared her cache in another thread and it worked.

  19. morganpdx
    Posted 4 years ago #

    WordPress forums: sweet! Now I don't need to ask you for advice (yet), @andrea_r. I can just look here.

    Now, to find the time....

    Between this and stackoverflow, I'm gonna be a forum junkie.

  20. :D welcome to my world.

  21. richard.fortune
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi there, I've recently setup a MU for my blogs. I successfully managed to import one of my blogs from blogger into one of the new sites in my network and can now post to that site. I cannot however locate the files for the new sites when I FTP on my host [bluehost].

    I presumed my sites would be created as sub directories on my root. When I navigate to them in the browser they are indeed located in a subdirectory of my main site. Trouble is I cannot find the store.

    I have a suspicion my install my be a little iffy, as I cannot attach a new theme to the new sites. But then again, given I can't locate the appropriate folders - I'm kind of guessing in the dark.

    I realise that this is a vague query, but on the offchance it triggers anything I thought I just put a post here.

    Thanks in advance,

  22. richard.fortune - Make a new topic, eh? At 5 months, this is old.

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