The Ultimate Guide on Setting up WordPress Multisite

The Ultimate Guide on Setting up WordPress Multisite

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Whenever you want to create a network of local businesses with subsites for different owners, the only choice is WordPress Multisite. The restriction here is that all the subsites will host on the same WordPress Multisite hosting provider. However, several tools such as MainWP can help you to manage multiple WordPress sites regardless of the hosting provider.

Common perception says, since one WordPress website is good, two or more should be far better. This perception is not necessarily accurate!

Interestingly, as the number of WordPress websites increases, the management gets difficult. Just logging into multiple dashboards becomes a hassle regularly. Fortunately, WordPress has features that are a great solution to manage multiple WordPress sites.

Today, I will discuss what a Multisite Network is, its use cases, and how one can easily set up along with the WordPress domain mapping.

What is WordPress Multisite?

Surprisingly, Multisite is not a new feature. It rolled out with WordPress 3.0. Initially, the functionality doesn’t receive a warm response because the user base of WordPress was not large enough. However, as WordPress gained popularity, the Multisite feature became a popular feature used by WordPress users.

It is perhaps the first WordPress feature that created its niche, and many WordPress developers found Multisite a versatile function that formed the basis of many WordPress projects.

The WordPress Multisite also refers to as WPMU, a more suitable feature for websites with multiple subdomains or entirely different sites but with a single WP dashboard. Administrators can easily give limited access to user accounts without worrying about the interference with the main website.

How Does It Work?

With Multisite, you can manage hundreds of websites from a single location. The distribution implements as a network under a single domain. You can map different domains, subdomains or subdirectories by adding code to wp-config.php and WordPress .htaccess file.


  • It’s easy to manage WordPress websites having different domains/subdomains or client sites.
  • It is ideal for local businesses with multiple subsites managed by different teams.
  • Useful for businesses like banks with multiple branches, schools with distributed campuses, etc.
  • Teams can work on their specific sites independently while the overall control remains with the administrator.


  • Subsite administrators cannot install plugins and themes. Only Network administrators have the right to add/remove plugins and themes on the subsites.
  • Removing or migrating a site within the Multisite network is



This article was written by Mustaasam Saleem and originally published on The Official Cloudways Blog.

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