We have an existing WP3 site and would like to make it multiuser instead of the multiple installs we have now. I add the "WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE" CODE and relaunch - start the Network and then add the multisite code to wp-config and the .htaccess file. As soon as I do that and log out - it no longer finds a database connection. I noticed on previous attempts that a network database has wp_blogs table, and several other tables, where a standard install doesn't have that- I've checked all our other sites/databases. Is there more to do? We have our main site with another independent install within it that handles press releases. I'm looking to consolidate to one and need the separate permalink structure(the second install puts the posts at /resources/media_center/pr
Don't try to convert an existing site.
What you'll want to do is set up a new site with a clean installation of WordPress. Most of the networks I've started are subdomains along the lines of http://network.blog.url or http://dashboard.blog.url. The first site you set up will become the dashboard site for the rest of the network ... that's why you want to start with a clean site.
First, install WordPress normally. You'll need a fresh database and a fresh download of WordPress 3.0.3.
Now, go back to your site and go to Administration » Tools » Network to activate the network installation. You'll be given some additional information for
At this point, you'll need to log back in to the site, but once you do you'll have a working multi-site installation.
Migrate Other Sites
Now you'll want to begin migrating your other sites. Start with the main site and create a new "Site" from within WordPress. You'll have to copy over a bunch of settings manually, but you can probably get it looking right fairly quickly.
Export your posts and pages from the old site and import them to the new one.
Copy your theme over and any plug-ins you want to use.
If you only have a handful of users, it might be easier to ask them to sign back up once the site's moved. You can transfer users from the old site to the new site directly through the database ... but this involves writing SQL queries to export your old
Once the first site's migrated, start with the next one.
If your multiple sites were originally on multiple domains, you'll want to install a domain mapping plug-in to make everything work right. I recommend (and use on all my sites) the WordPress MU Domain Mapping plug-in.
Take a deep breath
I know this sounds like a lot and it can be intimidating, but it's possible. I migrated a 12-blog network with 1400 users last month. Last night I migrated a 5-blog network. Both take about the same amount of time and follow the exact same process I outlined above. Don't worry, you'll make your way through it.
If you lost your database connection on your first attempt it's probably because you overwrote something in
This is the very reason why the very first instruction in any of the WordPress documentation regarding updates or migration is to back up your database and files.
Here are a couple of extra links if you want to import settings stored only in the database and not saved in WordPress's export files