What is a WordPress Network (Multisite)?

(This article assumes you have a live WordPress website. Not quite there yet? That’s okay! We can get you up and running with a WordPress Hosting site.)

A WordPress Network, also known as a Multisite network, is a feature of WordPress that allows you to run multiple WordPress sites from a single installation of WordPress. With a WordPress Multisite network, you can create multiple sites with their own unique domain names, themes, and plugins, all managed from a single dashboard.

WordPress Multisite Network Advantages

Here are some of the advantages of using a WordPress Multisite network:

  • Easy Management: With a Multisite network, you can manage multiple websites from a single dashboard, which makes it easy to keep all of your sites up to date with the latest updates, themes, and plugins.
  • Lower Costs: Rather than paying for separate hosting accounts for each site, you can host multiple sites on the same server, which can be a cost-effective solution for managing multiple sites.
  • Consistent Design: With a Multisite network, you can use the same design or theme across all of your sites, which can help create a consistent user experience across all of your sites.
  • Easier Content Sharing: With a Multisite network, you can share content across multiple sites, which can save time and effort in creating new content for each site.
  • Scalability: With a Multisite network, you can easily add new sites to your network as your needs grow, without having to set up a new installation of WordPress for each site.

How to Set up a WordPress Network (Multisite)

Now that you’ve decided to use a WordPress Multisite or Network, you’ll need to change your existing WordPress install. Follow these steps to enable the WordPress Network feature known as Multisite. Before proceeding, you should decide if you want the site created in separate subdirectories or subdomains.

  1. If you are using the subdomain option, setup a wildcard subdomain first. If you are using subfolders just proceed to the next step.
  2. Edit the wp-config.php file.
  3. Add the following code to your wp-config.php file after the line that says “That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing.” Save it.
    /* Multisite */
    define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );

    Editing the wp-config.php file

  4. Log into your WordPress Dashboard.
  5. Click Tools then Network Setup.
  6. Choose if you want to use the Sub-domains or sub-directories.
  7. Enter your Network Title.
  8. Add your Network Admin Email address.
  9. Click the Install button.

    Install WordPress Network

    You will then see two sections of code.

    Enable WordPress Network

  10. Copy & Paste the first code into your wp-config.php file before the line that says “That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing.” Be sure to save the changes.

    WordPress Network Configuration

  11. Copy & Paste the second code to your .htaccess file and replace everything between the “# BEGIN WordPress” and “# END WordPress” lines. Save your changes.

    Multisite htaccess

  12. Log back into your WordPress Dashboard. You can now click My Sites then Add New to create new WordPress sites in your network.
  13. If you want to allow users to register, roll your mouse over My Sites and Network Admin then click settings. Next to “Allow new registrations” you can choose if you want to allow users to register accounts, sites, or both.

A WordPress Multisite network can be a great solution for managing multiple websites with ease and efficiency. Now that you know how to create a WordPress Network (Multisite), you can start creating WordPress websites on demand.

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