Import WordPress site into multisite

Have you ever thought about moving your single WordPress site into a WordPress Multisite Network?

If you have a business, this can be a very good idea, especially if you want to syndicate your content to other sites.

It’s a very simple process and involves moving your single WordPress site into a WordPress Multisite Network. All you need is a few minutes, and 1 free plugin.

Prime Mover is a new WordPress migration plugin that moves your existing WordPress site from single-site to multisite platform or vice versa. It’s easy and safe and can be done in just two clicks by using this free tool.

5 Simple steps to import WordPress site into multisite


  • Move single-site installation to another single site server.
  • Move WP single-site to existing multisite sub-site.
  • Migrate subsite to another multisite sub-site.
  • Migrate multisite sub-site to single-site.
  • Migrate within WordPress admin.
  • WordPress backup and restore packages within single-site or multisite.
  • Backup WordPress subsite (in multisite).
  • You can backup the WordPress database within admin before testing something and restore it with one click.
  • Cross-platform compatible (Nginx / Apache / Microsoft IIS / Localhost).
  • Clone single site and restore it to any server.
  • Clone subsite in multisite and restore it as single-site or multisite.
  • Debug package.

Step 1 – Download and Install Prime Mover

You can download Prime Mover here, and install it into the single website you want to migrate to the multisite.

Step 2 – Create Subsite on the WordPress Multisite

If you haven’t already done this step, the first thing you want to do is create a subsite on the WordPress multisite instalment.

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Step 2 – Export Single Site

Once you’ve installed Prime Mover on the single site, you can click on the Prime Mover menu tab and click the Export Options and you will be presented with the same screen as below.

  1. Check – Export database, media files, plugins and themes
  2. Check – Export to multisite format
  3. Enter the ID of the subsite on the WordPress Multisite. (If this doesn’t match the install will fail)
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NOTE: On the multisite, you want to already have a pre-installed website as a subdomain. From there you want to get the subsite ID of the Multisite.

Get subsite ID number and enter it above.

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Step 3 – Download the Single Site

Download the single site to your local machine

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Step 4 – Upload & Import Single Site to Multisite

If you upload the exported single site you may be presented with this message. Either select Yes or upload the package using an FTP manager to speed things up.

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Step 5 – Finished

Once the import has finished you will need to update your Permalinks and double-check everything works as expected.

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Job done, it is easy as that!

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