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At this point in time, you are either thinking that WordPress Multisite is the coolest thing you have ever seen, or you are saying, "Man! This is way over my head. I don't really need this stuff. Let's get rid of it." If you are in the latter group, you're in luck. In this movie, I'll show you how to disable the WordPress Multisite feature so that you never have to see it again. But first things first, let's make a backup of some things. I'll jump over into my code editing application, and inside the root directory of my domain, I'll navigate to the wp-content folder. In the wp-content folder, you are looking for that blogs directory that you created.
Basically, I want you to make a backup of this file just so you can have all of the different files and things that are associated with the sites backed up, in case you ever want to turn this stuff back on. So I will take the blogs.dir, right- click on it, and in this case I will just download it to the home folder on this computer. You could simply drag and drop that to your desktop or save it in any way you see fit. Now I'll go back into the root directory of my domain. I need to open up the wp-config and the .htaccess file. If you are unable to see the .htaccess file, you need to enable Show Invisible Files.
Inside of this application, Coda, I just go to View and hit Show Invisible Files. In this case, I already have it turn on, so now it says Hide Invisible Files. Take a look at the documentation of your code editing application to see exactly how to enable that feature. Once you have wp-config and .htaccess open, you are basically just going to remove the stuff that you put in there earlier. If you have a backup of the original wp-config or the original .htaccess, simply re-upload those on top of these other ones and that way it will replace them with their original state.
It's a lot safer to do it that way. I'll scroll down here and find the Multisite code that I added. In this case I know it's everything above, That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. I will select this and go all the way up to where I defined WP_Allow_Multisite. I will delete that and save it. In my .htaccess file I will remove all of the rules inside of BEGIN WORDPRESS and END WORDPRESS, and I will Save it. Once I go back into WordPress, if I refresh my page, it's going to ask me to log in again. I will log in, and as you can see, all of the network options have now disappeared.
I now have a stand-alone regular version of WordPress. So if WordPress Mulitsite's not for you, that's how you get rid of it. Simply go in and restore your wp-config and .htaccess files to their original state. If you have a backup, that's the best way to go about it, but at least now you know how to do it manually as well. So if WordPress Multisite is not for you, go ahead and turn it off. If it is, keep going, we've got a lot more to cover.
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