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How to Manage WordPress Multisite Different Domains

Installing and Setting Up WordPress Multisite Different Domains

One of the easiest ways of managing WordPress Multisite Different Domains is by way of installing and setting up WordPress for Multisite Network.

WordPress provides multisite installation and management facility. In one way this is perhaps the best answer to the pertinent question in this regard of How to Manage WordPress Multisite Different Domains?

What is Multisite Network?

Multisite installation in WordPress literally means that from a single WordPress installation using a domain, a number of multiple sites can be installed and managed on its sub-domains or directories. Such network is known as WordPress Multisite Network.

Remember there is no limitation of the number of sub-domains that can be used in the network. It all depends upon the infrastructure and the capacity of hosting service provider. In this configuration, any number of sites can be installed and managed.

Under the management of WordPress Multisite Different Domains Networks, Individual users can be accorded permission to individually sign up and manage their sites using a common domain.

There is an obvious difference between WordPress Multisite Different Domains Network and WordPress Multiple Installations.

The former requires a single domain and a number of its subdomains for installation and management, whereas the latter requires a number of domains for installation and management.

Installation of WordPress Multisite Different Domains

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Installation of WordPress for a multisite network requires a certain advanced skill and procedural guidance.

Here in this article, we are going to deliberate upon all those substances step by step so that even a lay man can afford to install such network just by following the steps.

We strongly advise you to follow up Step 1 to 6 from the blog How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress, and after that, you can proceed with the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1: Getting Started

Before installing the WordPress multisite different domains network, you must decide upon whether you are going to install your various sites on directories or subdomain. If you are going to install the various sites on directories than your URL will be http://example.com/directory and if you are going to install on sub-domains than the URL will be http://subdomain.example.com

In view of the above, you must decide upon the above factors in advance and also keep ready the list of names for directories or sub-domains. Here we are going to illustrate examples from creation and installation on sub-domains. The procedure is by and large similar for directories also.

Here in this article, we are going to illustrate examples from creation and installation on sub-domains. The procedure is by and large similar for directories also.

Step 2: Creating Subdomains

7For creating the subdomains, you must log in to cPanel and navigate to the Domains area as illustrated in the above picture. From there click on Subdomain icon to proceed.

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On the following screen, you will be given the option to name your sub-domain and enter the domain name. For subdomains, you must enter a wild entry with Astrix sign (*). You must enter here the domain name in appropriate column and root directory name as Home/public_html/

Step 3: Enabling Multisite Network

For enabling the multisite network, you can follow the below-mentioned steps.

[su_list](a) Login to cPanel

(b) Navigate to File Manage > public_html and find the file named wp-config.php and open it.

(c) Enter the following code just before the line /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */[/su_list]

 

/* Multisite */
define( ‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true );

(d) Save your wp-config.php file.

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Step 4: Setting up WordPress Multisite Different Domains Network

Once you have enabled WordPress for Multisite Network, You will find that your Admin dashboard looks a bit different with some extra nomenclatures to manage the network.

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There will be in fact two types of dashboard screens for managing the network. One for the Super Admin who is also some times known as Network Admin and the another one for the Admins.

The Super Admin or Network Admin manages the screen which is accessible to him only and allows him to creates sites, install themes and plugins etc. Whereas the Admin manages the screen to perform normal WordPress site functions which include customization of the site, choosing between the various available themes and various setting functions of the individual sites.

Whereas the Admin manages the screen to perform normal WordPress site functions which include customization of the site, choosing between the various available themes and various setting functions of the individual sites.

Hereafter you can proceed with the following steps.

(a) Login to your WordPress Admin panel by going to http://example.com/wp-admin
(b) Disable all your installed Plugins.
(c) Navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Tools > Network Setup.
(d)The system will prompt to select between sub domain or directory for your installation. So just do it as per your plan. I chose subdomain for my multisite.
(e) The system will guide you further to copy certain codes from your dashboard display into your wp-config.php and .htaccess files. You must accomplish it and SAVE your work.
(f) WordPress Multisite Installation is complete now.

Step 5: Creating Sites

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Now you can start creating individual sites for your chosen subdomains. You should navigate to WordPress dashboard > My Sites > Network Admin > Sites. The system will display the picture as above. You can Click on Add New button to start adding data to your new site as per the following image.

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As it is obvious, you must enter your subdomain URL, site title name, site language, and Admin Email. Please remember that if the Admin Email which you enter for a particular site is not in the database then the system will prompt to create a separate username and password who will manage this site as a standard Admin.

With the above, the question of How to Manage WordPress Multisite Different Domains has been fully answered.

There remain few of the functions for Super Admin or Network Admin such as Registration process for new users, Various settings of New Sites, Power delegation etc. Such things are out of the purview of this article.

Thanks and All the Best.

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