WordPress Multisite

WordPress Multisite is a feature that allows you to create and multiple WordPress installations from one core installation. It’s been around since WordPress 3.0 and major publication such as WordPress.com, the New York Times, Harvard, and Edublogs leverage the power of it.

You can set Multisite as sub-domains or sub-directories, and you can only choose one or the other.

But the best part about using WordPress Multisite is you can leverage domain mapping, so each sub-domain or sub-directory can have its own domain name.

So instead of someone going to site1.example.com, visitors can go to myawsomeproduct.com.

WordPress Multisite is built into the core of WordPress, though it’s not enabled by default.

It’s typically simpler to start with a fresh WordPress install for your Multisite network, but you can enable it on an existing WordPress site (just make sure to deactivate all your plugins first).

Once enabled, you’ll get a new Network Admin dashboard where you can manage all the sites in your network from one simple dashboard.

To get started, all you’ll need to is

  1. Connect to your site via FTP or the cPanel File Manager.
  2. Locate and edit the wp-config.php file.
  3. Then, add the following code snippet above the
    /* That's all, stop editing! Happy publishing. */ line.

    /* Multisite */
    define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );
  4. save the file and upload it back to your server.

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