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This course presents the WordPress Multisite feature, which allows web site designers and administrators to create a network of sites and blogs from a single installation of WordPress. Author Justin Seeley covers installing the network components, configuring their web server/hosting environment, using the Multisite Network Administration panel, managing users, and backing up, migrating, and restoring a multisite installation.
It's been a long road thus far. But now we are actually ready to start mapping a specific domain to one of our child sites inside of our WordPress Multisite installation. In this movie, I will be showing you how to put it all together by mapping an external domain to one of your child's sites here inside of your Multisite. The first thing I need to do is, in the Network Admin Dashboard, go to Settings. And underneath Domain Mapping I need to make sure that my Server IP Address has been entered in correctly. If you need to obtain the Server IP Address for your web server, you can contact your web host, or you can go to a web site like networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp.
This web site, once you enter in your domain, will return the IP address of your site. You can then input that right here into the Server IP Address and click Save. Once that's saved, you are ready to start Domain Mapping. I am going to go up to My Sites and choose my Tutorial Blog and go to the Dashboard. Once I am in the Dashboard, I can go down the tools and choose Domain Mapping. In the Domain Mapping section, I enter in the domain that I want to map to this blog.
In this case, I'm mapping the domain name gnawledge.co to my Tutorial Blog. I'm going to make it so this is the primary domain for this blog. It tells me at the bottom, if your domain name contains a hostname like "www", "blog" or some other prefix before the actual domain, you'll need to add a CNAME for that hostname in your DNS pointing to this blog URL. If you want to redirect a domain you'll need to add a DNS "A" record pointing to that IP address of this server. Once I hit Add, it tells me that the new domain is added and that gnawledge.co is now the primary domain of this site.
Now if I happen to open up gnawledge.co, you'll notice that gnawledge.co now points to the PhotoBlog Tutorials page as I see right up here in the address bar, meaning that I have successfully mapped this domain to that site inside of my WordPress installation, and that means my work is done. I have successfully mapped a single domain to one of my WordPress Multisite installations. It took a while to get here. But as you can see, it's pretty cool because it now looks like I have two independent sites, gnawledge.co and the shutterclick URL I have been using throughout the series.
However, they're both running on the same installation of WordPress. That means I've one point of update and one point of maintenance for both sites. And you could do this for client web sites or any of your web sites that you have. As a matter fact, I'm in the process of rolling all of my sites into one big multisite installation and going through one by one and mapping them to their domain. That way I have one place to update, one place to install plug-ins, and one place to install themes. But it looks like I have several different web sites. It's pretty awesome.
I know it takes a little bit, but once you get the hang of it, it's well worth it.
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