Installing WordPressMu – The E-Book

Installing WordPressMu – The E-Book

NOTICE: This functionality is now built in to WordPress 3.0, so you no longer have to install a separate program. If you do, you can still upgrade to wordPress 3.0 quite safely.

If you are looking how to do this in 3.0 and above, download the free ebook over here: Install multisite in WordPress

Hey peeps, have I ever got something exciting for you today. I wrote an ebook! I started writing about how to install wordpressmu and realized it was so long and involved it was better to offer it as a downloadable ebook rather than just a blog post. This way, you can print it out a lot easier too. It's 1.3 megs and is 14 pages, complete with big clear screenshots and step-by-step technical stuff.

Feel free to pass this post around, digg it stumble it, delicious it and let everyone know. Please let me know if you have any feedback. You can leave a comment here or I included contact info in the ebook itself.

[download#1] This is only applicable if you are using WordPress MU, now defunct. In 3.0 it is built in and a different process.

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70 Comments
  • Brian
    Posted at 14:39h, 10 December

    Nope.. doesn’t show anywhere in my readers… ie reader and google reader (known)…

    and where is the feed page ?

  • dawn
    Posted at 14:44h, 10 December

    Can’t your throw some ebook love to us diehard google reader people? Pretty please? 🙂

  • Tom Ransom
    Posted at 14:51h, 10 December

    Sorry to say, no sign of the e-book in the feed via NetNewsWire

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  • Shane
    Posted at 14:01h, 16 December

    Nice ebook indeed. It would have a fantastic video series, so I hope you get Camtasia Studio, SOON, and crank out the videos 😉

    Regards
    Shane

  • Shane
    Posted at 14:03h, 16 December

    I meant to say, “it would MAKE a fantastic video series.”

  • Johnny Cosmo
    Posted at 17:25h, 17 December

    I think that is so generous of you to offer this book for free. It seems that everywhere I look people are charging $7 for their ebooks and they are not worth that. Ironically you could charge for this tutorial and it would be worth it. Take care, Johnny.

  • indir
    Posted at 17:15h, 19 December

    Nice ebook indeed. It would have a fantastic video series, so I hope you get Camtasia Studio, SOON, and crank out the videos 😉

  • Ami MLM Leads
    Posted at 17:11h, 20 December

    That is a nice ebook. I tried installing wordpressmu a while back and I failed in only a few hours. After that, I lost interest and I never though about it since than. How fast can you do it? I am not sure if I am willing to give it a try again, but maybe I will do it when I have the time. Thank you for the ebook, it seems to be great!

  • Edwin
    Posted at 07:37h, 29 December

    Really nice and thank you very much. Your eBook make all very clear to me.

  • Kate
    Posted at 08:27h, 03 January

    Thanks for sharing Installing WordPressMU – The E-Book

  • allQoo.com
    Posted at 09:37h, 04 January

    Well done andrea_r! Lastly people can learn how to install mu from an organized reference.

    I attempted to install mu twice. Both were installed successfully be I gave them up in stage of customization. I was very frustrated dealing with the domain mapping/plugin/sitemap/multilingual issues… I felt bad failing to move on because I indeed have a track record building over a dozen of standalone WP sites.

    Do you have any plan to write your next book on setting-up-mu?

  • Gavin
    Posted at 01:48h, 07 January

    Hey Andrea,
    Do you offer an WPMU install service? I was using a different host than what you recommended so I got lost right near the beginning. Thanks for making this available and I really appreciate all your work!
    Thanks,
    GK

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  • Rajeev Edmonds
    Posted at 10:37h, 07 January

    Great book Andrea. The illustrations alone are enough to guide if someone has done WPSU installation earlier.

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  • Marbella Property
    Posted at 06:00h, 20 January

    Nice ebook ,thanks for sharing.
    Good work!
    Greeting from Spain!

  • Cocoa
    Posted at 07:27h, 04 March

    Thank you for an excellent Installation Guide, it worked like a charm and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot!

  • meita
    Posted at 12:45h, 07 April

    thx for the tutorial

  • Holli Boyd
    Posted at 20:27h, 27 April

    I am getting an internal server error 🙁

  • kitap
    Posted at 09:47h, 02 May

    My thanks for the description

  • Kitap
    Posted at 10:51h, 16 May

    thanks you very mach comment your.

  • mIRC
    Posted at 14:12h, 19 May

    nice 😀 erkut

  • kanka
    Posted at 23:49h, 19 May

    thank you.. it’s wonderfull

  • Nathan
    Posted at 17:38h, 21 May

    Thank you so much (the second time you have come to my rescue!). As a wordpress user I can’t believe that it wasn’t made clearer that you don’t edit and upload wp-config like in the standard single blog version. And yet whiz through this great tutorial and I’m up and running in no time – and looking forward to reading your buddypress instructions!!

    Thanks again

  • KJ
    Posted at 16:36h, 28 May

    This guide doesn’t trouble shoot one of the most common problems. The redirect loop. Any ideas on how to fix that?

  • tickert
    Posted at 10:44h, 29 May

    The ebooks aren’t really meant to match the print book (since they need to “reflow” for different screen sizes – http://www.ebook-search-queen.com/ ), though if you view the PDF version in Adobe Reader it will match the print version.

  • suresh
    Posted at 19:25h, 03 June

    thank you so much for the install book. just downloaded and i’ve n’t looked at it yet.It has been couple of days i’m struggling with subdomains on godaddy. my bad i had to install mu on an alias instead of primary domain.
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  • FastProxy
    Posted at 01:27h, 14 June

    Really good and clear e-book,
    Thanks.

    Cheers.

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  • J
    Posted at 23:44h, 22 June

    thanks for sharing this great ebook tutorial..

  • ssingano
    Posted at 06:38h, 09 July

    I Thank you for the excellent installation guide, which is like magic, I think I learned a lot!

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  • Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa
    Posted at 01:51h, 24 July

    Nice tutorial.. I think u should make a tutorial in video format too.. 😉

  • Chord Charts
    Posted at 07:12h, 28 July

    Thanks for the helpful ebook. This was the best guide I found.
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  • cheemzy
    Posted at 20:22h, 28 July

    nice e-books. gud job man…

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  • Pablo Jusem
    Posted at 11:06h, 22 August

    This might help some of you out there. It’s not listed in the book. I’m using Site5.

    If you are getting the default Apache welcome page, be sure to set up a wildcard subdomain in addition to the wildcard dns record.

    In other words, go into cpanel, go into subdomains and create a wildcard (*) subdomain. After doing this, things will work the way they are supposed to.

    Thanks for the site and the ebook!
    .-= Pablo Jusem´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

    • andrea
      Posted at 11:27h, 22 August

      There is a note in the bok about how, yes, you DO need a wildcard subdomain for it to work. 🙂

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  • Mosses Akizian
    Posted at 20:43h, 10 September

    Thanks for this ebook Andrea. Been struggling for few days getting this to work in godaddy. I got very close now where the standard “fedora test page” pops up when going to a sub-domain blog. ie. test.blogsite.com The only step I still don’t understand is the “AllowOverride…” option. There’s few in the httpd.conf and I don’t see any referring to virtual host. Appreciate your help.

    • Mosses Akizian
      Posted at 00:46h, 11 September

      Got it. At the end, this what worked for me.

      Options FollowSymLinks
      #AllowOverride None
      AllowOverride FileInfo Options

      DocumentRoot /home/mysite/public_html
      ServerName mysite.com
      ServerAlias http://www.mysite.com *.mysite.com

      Where xxx is the ip address.

  • mirc
    Posted at 12:05h, 13 September

    Thank you.It’s wonderfull.

  • Digitalmalay
    Posted at 03:26h, 06 October

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my reader.Thanks for the info

  • Patricia
    Posted at 04:51h, 23 October

    This book is nice. I attempted to install mu twice. Both were installed successfully be I gave them up in stage of customization. I was very frustrated dealing with the domain mapping/plugin/sitemap/multilingual issues.Thanks for making this available and I really appreciate all your work!

  • Eddie Carrington (aka Brigwyn)
    Posted at 21:21h, 31 October

    Thank you so much for responding to my tweet about using WordPressmu This guide and site has been awesome.

    Thanks again!

  • jane
    Posted at 16:57h, 03 November

    Just what i was looking for!

  • eBookRus
    Posted at 10:24h, 02 December

    If you are getting the default Apache welcome page, be sure to set up a wildcard subdomain in addition to the wildcard dns record.

  • roxana
    Posted at 08:46h, 12 December

    Hi Andrea,
    I have been reading in the last few days your extra super useful advice on several websites, trying to get the best out of my Wpmu installation and I have an apparently idiotic question: Where on my FTP server folders can I find the sub blogs created through wpmu installation?

    I don’t understand how wpmu works: does it create on the server directories for each sub blog created?

    I have tried the subdomain and the subdirectory installation and I still can’t find the sub blogs folders on my server (they work in browsers, I just want to know where are they on the FTP server).

    Should I be creating manually these sub blog directory on my server and then tell Apache that sub domain x/sub directory x should be served from the created folder?(or is this like totally ignoring/overriding wpmu?)

    Sorry if my question is stupid, but I feel I can’t go on before I understand how wpmu deals with created sub blogs on the server:).

    Thank you, looking fwd to hearing your thoughts on this.

  • SP
    Posted at 21:57h, 13 December

    What do you think about WordPress MU 2.8: Beginner’s Guide by Lesley A. Harrison? I’m thinking about buying the book and wondered if it is any good.

  • Car Games
    Posted at 17:17h, 14 December

    Many thanks for spending the time putting this book together I have tried installing WordPressMU not so long ago and failed miserably, so this truly has been a great help!

  • Dimas Prasetyo M.
    Posted at 04:56h, 24 December

    great. thanks for the ebook. i’ve been searching it for a long time 🙂

  • Makale
    Posted at 19:31h, 01 February
  • Kuro
    Posted at 16:18h, 12 February

    Thanks a lot from a newbie in the wpmu world

  • Kirk Ward
    Posted at 22:50h, 20 February

    [QUOTE]I am totally doing this better next time around, I promise. In my own defense, my connection went out partway through, one kid drank my pepsi, another kid spilled pesto all over the kitchen, and we’re out of food so we have to go get groceries after the snowstorm. That’s just today’s adventures.

    Installing WPMU is not so hard after that. :D[/QUOTE]

    ROFLMAO – I can SO identify.

  • hadi
    Posted at 06:43h, 07 March

    hi
    how i can install mu in directadmin ?
    olease help me

  • mellany
    Posted at 09:20h, 14 March

    Hello ,what defferent Wp and wpmu ?,sorry ussualy I am using WordPress from wordpress.org.Thank for Your ebook around wordpressMU…Ilike this..:D

  • michael
    Posted at 09:25h, 14 March

    Nice ebook, this ebook help me to install this CMS,Both were installed successfully be I gave them up in stage of customization.Thanks sir

  • cherly
    Posted at 09:39h, 14 March

    Yes,Thanks for your ebook, I need guides to install and customize this cms…,I usually used joomla to my blog.thanks…

  • cherly
    Posted at 09:50h, 14 March

    I don’t understand how wpmu works: does it create on the server directories for each sub blog created?

    I have tried the subdomain and the subdirectory installation and I still can’t find the sub blogs folders on my server (they work in browsers, I just want to know where are they on the FTP server).

  • Blogoose
    Posted at 14:20h, 14 March

    Thank you very much for this info.

    It was much more complete than just “how to install” actualy.

    I expect to launch my website soon with buddypress and MU, so will be coming back here very often 🙂

    Thais (Blogoose Admin)

  • melanie
    Posted at 00:13h, 21 March

    I love you Andrea 🙂 xx

  • melanie
    Posted at 00:14h, 21 March

    oh… and I just had to comment again because the new anti-spam word in the box is andrearocks!

    that’s very cool 😉

    you don’t have to approve this comment 😉

  • Claudia
    Posted at 15:26h, 04 April

    Hi,

    After many failed attempts to install WPMU, I used your ebook and it worked. Thank you so much. I do however, seem to have one little problem. when I went to my website http://www.themodernorange.com i got my old single WP page. I thought that maybe I had to delete that, so I did, this however did not fix it. (certainly hoping it did not make it worse) So,My website is only viewable going to themodernorange.com/wordpress-mu/ how do i make it viewable from just themodernorange.com as that is my website adress. I hope you can help me.

    Thank you in advance,

    Claudia

  • Kegan Ball
    Posted at 14:58h, 18 May

    HELP! I am hoping you can help me get to the next step in your ebook. I uploaded all the files to the server using ftp and changed the permissions to 777. When I go to my website I just see a blank page and the page title says “500 Internal Server Error”. What causes this and how can I fix it so I can move forward? Thank you for your help.

    • andrea
      Posted at 10:12h, 20 May

      Change the permissions back to 755. Can you see the install screen now?

      you only have to change those permissions IF the install detects that you do. On some servers, you don’t.

  • mutuelle
    Posted at 02:26h, 18 June

    thanks for the Ebook, i was looking for it indeed. thanks again

  • Carmen mendez
    Posted at 08:43h, 28 June

    Nice ebook indeed. It would have a fantastic video series, so I hope you get Camtasia Studio, SOON, and crank out the videos