Before you install

Before you install

Before installing MU, it is very important to do a few things. The utmost important one is to read the readme.txt file. The installation procedure is not the same as the famous 5 minute WordPress install; it is quite different. Become familiar with the contents of this file. If at any point you have questions, the best people to ask would be your web host. It is likely if you ask pre-install questions in the forum, most volunteers will tell you to ask your host anyway.

Another step is to decide how you want your blog address to use. If you want subdirectories like http://domain.tld/username/, then you do not need to do anything. Subdomains, addresses in the form of http;//username.domain.tld, are generated virtually and as such, virtual hosts (Vhosts or wildcard domains) have to be enabled on your hosting account. Talk to your webhost if you cannot do this or if you can't follow the included instructions.

You also need to figure out your intended audience. This will help you customize your site to stand out from the rest and make better decisions regarding what you and your users need for a successfull blogging experience for them, and less work and frustrations for you.

9 Comments
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  • jai
    Posted at 08:46h, 13 March Reply

    hi i have installed wpmu 1.3.3 version,installation run successfully .After creating blog or page ,i have clicked the blog link or page link to view it in the front end it shows not found message please help me to solve this issue?

  • Dan
    Posted at 19:28h, 17 May Reply

    I get a blog server error 32601, requested method wp.getUsersBlogs does not exist. I am using subdirectories od and 1.5.1. Anyone know how to get this to work?

  • Dan
    Posted at 20:05h, 17 May Reply

    My version of php is 5.2.6. Does the wordpress Mu require to have xmlrpc enabled so it gives out a bloglist? Maybe cause the blog.dir folder is empty thats why?

  • Phil
    Posted at 21:42h, 04 August Reply

    The question I have is whether to install WordPress MU in the root directory or in a subfolder. I would like to do something like the homepage of Edublogs.

  • Jose
    Posted at 14:58h, 25 March Reply

    What exactly do I tell my host to do. I am WHM myself and CPANEL access but no shell access. I have tried accessing httpd and other files using ftp but I can’t get hold of them.

  • Jose
    Posted at 11:25h, 26 March Reply

    Okay my host has setup everything but… It shows the following at the end of this message… Do you think I have to wait 24 hours like my host said or is it just not working? BTW I like your anti-spam image of “andrearocks”.

    You do rock… here’s the message below…

    Great Success !
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    If you can see this page, then the people who manage this server have installed cPanel and WebHost Manager (WHM) which use the Apache Web server software and the Apache Interface to OpenSSL (mod_ssl) successfully. They now have to add content to this directory and replace this placeholder page, or else point the server at their real content.
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