WordPress Multisite Install as easy as 1, 2, 3,

Setting up a WordPress Multisite or Network site is pretty simple, especially after the third or forth time. I’m going to share a few tips to make your first WordPress Multistage install go quick real – and painless too 🙂 There are a few considerations you need to be clear on before you begin, so we’ll plan both scenarios very quickly and then do it… Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with volumes of theory, principles and lecture for hours on good practices. There are a few considerations we must make in advance..
Save yourself a lot of headaches and start with a fresh, never used WordPress install.

#1, Do you want a sub-domain multisite or a sub-folder multisite? Both have there advantages, disadvantages and issues. Both require completely different considerations and possibly some investigation with your web hosting provider. First we are going to do a Sub-Folder Multisite install.

Step 1, You will need to ftp down your wp-config.php file. You might as well get the .htaccess file at the same time because you are going to need it too.
Step 2, open the file in a text editor and add this line define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);
Save the file, FTP it back up to your site and let it overwrite, if asked.
Step 3, Login to WP Admin, look in Tools. Click on Networks. If you do not see Networks, log out of WP Admin and login again. You should see it under Tools now, but if you do not, FTP the file up one more time and refresh your browser.
Step 4, Select Sub-Domain or Sub-Folder as you wish.
NOTE: Some web hosting companies (such as GoDaddy.com) will not allow virtual sub-domains. When configuring a WordPress Multisite on such a host, step 4, will be skipped and you will be presented with the Enter a Network title (step 5, below)
Step 5, Enter a Network title and an admin e-mail address, click Next.
Step 6a, You will be presented with more new code to add to your WP-Config.php file. Open the file again and add everything given, just above the line /** That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ Save the file and FTP it back to your site, overwriting the existing again as needed.

wp-config.php file:

Step 6b,
The .htaccess file:

Step 7, Now log out of WP Admin and log back in.
Once you login, in the upper right hand corner you will see a new menu item;
Network Admin, Begin by clicking on this.







Step 8, Install a new Site:

Now that you are in Network Admin, we can install our first Site in this Multisite install.

8a, From the right menu click on Sites, Add New.
8.b, Once presented with this screen add you new site name (Sub folder site in this case), Site Title and administrators e-mail address. Note you should not add a forward slash or trailing slash in the name.
Click Add Site when finished

That is it, you’re finished!!

You may wish to make some global configurations while you are still in the Network Admin area. Such As; Settings> Max File Sizes, Media Directory Path, Allow Plugins, Themes, and so forth….



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