Follow each step in order. Make sure to not skip any steps as this may cause your installation to not function properly.
Preparing your environment
Here's a recommended checklist of action items you should take before installing WordPress Multisite:
- Make sure WordPress is already installed and operating on your website. You can use the One-Click install option in your panel.
- Backup your data before making any changes. Be sure to backup both your web server files in addition to your database. The following article describes how to do this:
- Test your current Permalinks. Make sure they are functioning correctly.
- Deactivate all plugins.
- Open your wp-config.php file, and then add the following line above /* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */.
/* Multisite */
define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );
- Log into your WordPress site.
- Click the 'Tools' category on your left menu.
- Click the 'Network Setup' option.
- Select either subdomains or subdirectories.
- Confirm all details, and then click the Install button.
- The following wp-config.php and .htaccess instructions appear on this page:
- Add the lines to your wp-config.php and .htaccess files.
- Copy over any current data in your .htaccess file.
- Click the 'Log in' link at the bottom of the page to log into your new Multisite installation.
- The 'My Sites' menu item now appears on the top left of your dashboard:
- Click 'My Sites'.
After you click 'My Sites', the following drop-down submenus appear:
- Network Admin (Use this for network administration)
- My Multisite (This is the original site name)
Visit the following article for further administration details of your new Multisite.