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How to convert a WordPress site into a multisite

On BioniWP, you have the ability to create a network of sites on a single WordPress install by using the multisite feature.

To convert your site into a multisite, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Allow Multisite

You’ll first need to enable the ‘Network Setup’ menu item in the WP dashboard. To do this, you must define and allow the multisite in the wp-config.php file which is located within the /htdocs directory of your site.

Open up wp-config.php and then add this line directly above where it says /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */:

/* Multisite */
define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );

Step 2: Setup the Network

Now that you enabled the Network Setup option in the previous step, you can open up the ‘Tools’ menu within the site’s WP dashboard. There will be a new option that shows ‘Network Setup’.

After clicking Tools > Network Setup, you’ll see a page where you can enter a title for your multisite and define a network admin email address:

NOTE: You may be prompted to disable all of your plugins prior to being able to view the Network Setup page. If so, go to Plugins > All Plugins and select all plugins on your site and disable them and reload the Network Setup page.

IMPORTANT: BionicWP does not currently support sub-domain multisite setups. Please make sure to select the Sub-directories option under ‘Addresses of Sites in your Network’

Step 3: Enable the Network

After clicking the ‘Install’ button in the previous step, you will see a page called Enabling the Network along with several lines of code that will need to be added to your wp-config.php file:

Copy the network configuration rules, open up the wp-config.php file, and paste them directly above the line that says /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */:

Save the updated wp-config.php file and then reload the WP dashboard.

Step 4: Manage Your Network

In the WP dashboard, there will now be a ‘My Sites’ option in the top toolbar. You can hover over this option to access the multisite options, including adding sub-sites, managing plugins, and changing the network settings:

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