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In this movie, I will be discussing the requirements for running a WordPress Multisite installation. These are merely the recommended specifications as outlined by the WordPress Codex. We will first start out with server requirements, outlining exactly what your web server needs to be running in order for to support WordPress Multisite. Then we'll take a look at the WordPress requirements, what you need to know about running WordPress on the backend before you get going. One of the most important things to check before installing any kind of web software are the server requirements. If your server requirements don't match up to these recommended settings, it might be time to upgrade or even change your hosting plan.
Your web server should be running PHP 5.2.4 or greater. You also need to be running MySQL 5.0.15 or greater, and you also need to make sure that your web server has support for the Apache mod_rewrite module. This is essential because this is what allows your blogs to be created inside of your WordPress Multisite. Now, what about the requirements for WordPress itself? Well, first and foremost, WordPress must be installed in the root directory of your domain. Also, the site address and WordPress address must be the same.
This refers to two fields that are located inside of the General Settings of your WordPress Dashboard. Here, you'll see the WordPress address and the Site address. You would only want to change the Site address if you wanted your homepage of your web site in a different directory from where you installed WordPress. This is not possible in WordPress Multisite. So you must make sure that both of these are identical to one another. Once you have gone through and made sure that your WordPress installation meets all of these minimal requirements, you are ready to start enabling your WordPress Multisite network.
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