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Changing your install type

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Video: Changing your install type

Even though it's probably best that you determine exactly what type of installation that you are going to use with WordPress Multisite before you get started using it, It's good to know that you can always change the installation type at any time, and that'S what we are going to do here. We are going to change the installation type here inside of our WordPress Multisite installation. So in this case, I've got a Subdirectory Install created and I want to change that over to a sub-domain install. I am going to walk you through it step by step on how to change it from one to the other. So the first thing you have to do, and this is kind of the bad part and why you should always pick the right one before you start...

Changing your install type

Even though it's probably best that you determine exactly what type of installation that you are going to use with WordPress Multisite before you get started using it, It's good to know that you can always change the installation type at any time, and that'S what we are going to do here. We are going to change the installation type here inside of our WordPress Multisite installation. So in this case, I've got a Subdirectory Install created and I want to change that over to a sub-domain install. I am going to walk you through it step by step on how to change it from one to the other. So the first thing you have to do, and this is kind of the bad part and why you should always pick the right one before you start...

The first thing you have to do is delete all of your extra sites that you've created inside of WordPress Multisite. That's right, no matter what, you have to delete all those sites, because they won't transfer over. So, I'm going to go back into my Dashboard and I'm going to choose Network Admin > Sites. As you can see, in this WordPress Multisite installation, I have two extra sites, test and test2. I'm going to select both of those and under Bulk Actions I'm going to hit Delete, and then I'm going to click Apply. Once I click Apply, you're going to notice that all of my sites disappear except for the root site.

This means that I've deleted those sites permanently and they are no longer available to me. Now let's go back over into my code editing application. And I'm inside of the wp-config.php file and what you are going to do is scroll down to line 83 or 84, depending on how much space you gave yourself when you copy and pasted, and you are going to find where it says define SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL, and then it's going to say one of two things. If you're using a subdomain install, it will say true. If you're using a Subdirectory Install like I'm using here, it will say false.

Whichever one you want to switch to, just change the word to either true or false. So in this case mine is false, so I'm going to change it to true. I'll select it and then simply replace that with true. Once I click save, it re-uploads to my server and I will go back into WordPress Multisite. From here, I have to go into the site itself and visit the Dashboard. Once I'm inside the Dashboard, I'm going to go down to Settings and select Permalinks. Inside of the Permalinks section, I'm simply going to scroll down and click Save.

That updates my Permalinks structure and locks in the subdomain change. Now if I go back to My Sites > Network Admin > Sites, I can go down and create a new site by clicking Add New. As you can see, the options have updated, so that I can now do subdomain installs and I'll do test.mydomain. Then I'll simply click Add Site.

Once I do that, it has created my site for me. And if I go back to Sites, you will notice that I have test, and if I were to open that up it would take me to that particular site, allowing me to edit it and work with it, the same as I would with my Subdirectory Install. So as you can see, it's not that hard to change the installation type, but if you've already got a live site with multiple network sites underneath it and you want to change the installation type of that, you can see where that could be kind of a headache to do with. So just a word of advice, pick the Installation Type that you think that you are going to use and stick with it. Otherwise, you can cause yourself some serious headaches down the road.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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  1. 47s
    1. Welcome
      47s
  2. 16m 30s
    1. Introducing multisite
      2m 40s
    2. Common use cases for multisite
      6m 24s
    3. Understanding multisite server requirements
      1m 40s
    4. Optimizing your hosting environment
      3m 52s
    5. Using subdomains vs. subdirectories
      1m 54s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Enabling the Network feature
      2m 26s
    2. Installing your network
      7m 13s
    3. Troubleshooting network configurations
      4m 4s
    4. Disabling your network installation
      2m 44s
    5. Changing your install type
      3m 23s
    6. Removing the blog permalink
      2m 44s
  4. 46m 27s
    1. Getting to know the network admin interface
      2m 40s
    2. Configuring the network
      6m 2s
    3. Creating your first site
      5m 25s
    4. Managing your user database
      8m 14s
    5. Installing and enabling themes
      7m 16s
    6. Enabling themes on a per-site basis
      3m 56s
    7. Defining a site-wide default theme
      3m 12s
    8. Installing and activating plug-ins
      6m 16s
    9. Updating your network installation
      3m 26s
  5. 29m 15s
    1. Setting up user permissions
      3m 31s
    2. Defining the registration process
      3m 8s
    3. Controlling access to sites
      2m 43s
    4. Importing users from another blog
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding user roles
      3m 39s
    6. Changing user roles on signup
      2m 58s
    7. Exploring blog privacy settings
      6m 1s
    8. Enabling features for site administrators
      3m 23s
  6. 38m 22s
    1. Displaying posts from network sites on the home page
      7m 45s
    2. Displaying a list of your networked sites
      4m 9s
    3. Broadcasting news across all sites
      8m 22s
    4. Gathering and using comments network-wide
      5m 13s
    5. Creating and using global tags and categories
      4m 33s
    6. Exploring network plug-ins
      8m 20s
  7. 17m 18s
    1. Introducing domain mapping
      1m 58s
    2. Using parked or add-on domains
      3m 24s
    3. Altering DNS records
      2m 15s
    4. Installing the domain mapping plug-in
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping a domain to a specific site
      2m 58s
    6. Hiding the original domain name
      3m 25s
  8. 33m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of backing up your web site
      2m 4s
    2. Exploring backup plug-ins
      2m 23s
    3. Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
      8m 29s
    4. Migrating a standalone site into your network
      3m 24s
    5. Migrating an entire network
      7m 41s
    6. Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy
      3m 43s
    7. Remotely storing your backups
      5m 44s
  9. 28s
    1. Final thoughts
      28s

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