Install and Set up Multisite WordPress for your Website
Requirements & Step-by-Step Installation Process
The first step of getting into WordPress multisite is to know whether or not you can run it on your website. If you want to have WordPress Multisite Setup successfully, you should choose a hosting provider and service that actually contains the potential to run multiple websites at once. In addition, you should also know a little bit about how WordPress works and have it installed in your system. If you have already installed WordPress, you might want to deactivate all the plugins and have a backup to your website.
You should also have hosting dashboard access. The cPanel will let you use the FTP where we are going to install and edit some files. In addition to all this, you will also have to change your permalinks. They should look something like this: http://example.com/blog
Now, let’s move forward to our actual topic. How to install and set up WordPress Multisite for your website?
We are assuming that you have already installed WordPress on the network. Therefore, after it’s installed, you will have to enable the Multisite feature. You can do that on your new or your existing website too.
Note: Backup Your Existing Website Before Enabling Multisite
Here are the steps that you need to follow:
1. Use the FTP (File Transfer Control) client that is given to you by your hosting provider. You will see the “WP-Config.php” file that we need to edit in this case.
2. Just before the /* in Wp-Config, you will have to enter the following code: /* Multisite */ define ( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );
3. The process is as simple as it gets. Just save the WP-Config file and go to the dashboard. After you have enabled the WordPress multisite, it’s time to set up the whole thing.
Setting up Your WordPress Multisite
All you need to do is go to your WordPress dashboard, and you will see the “My Sites” option. You can see that in the image.
Now, let’s move towards the set by step procedure of how to get started by setting up the WordPress Multisite.
- After enabling WordPress multisite, you will need to deactivate all of your plugins first. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Select all > and Deactive using the “Bulk” option you see there.
- After deactivating the plugins, you need to go to “Tools” > “Network Setup.”
- There, you need to choose the domain structure that you want for your website, i.e., subdomains or subdirectories.
- The next step is to add a title for your website.
- Click on “Install”
- You will instantly notice that there are two fields as “wp-config.php” and “.htaccess”
- After that, you will again have to use a File Manager or FTP to copy and paste this code into these fields, respectively.
That’s all. The setup is now complete. In addition to all this, if you want to add a new website, follow the steps below.
How to Add a new site to WordPress Multisite?
Hover over to My Sites > Network Admin > Click on Sites. Click on “Add New.” And follow the given steps below:
- Enter the Site Title
- URL of the Multisite should also be Added
- Enter the EMAIL address of the new site