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I have a large site at www.example.com this is a .net site

I want to use WP multisite installed at word.example.com this would point to the WP root install directory but on a different server than the root of the domain www.example.com

then all new sub-sites in the WP multisite would be e.g. word.example.com/site1 word.example.com/site2

is this possible? does anyone have any info they can point me to? I have been searching but not yet seen this scenario.

Thanks.

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So you want to create a multi install on a sub directory, this has no connection with the root domain? That is possible. codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network –  janw Oct 15 '12 at 21:51
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I don't see an issue. For all hosting intents and purposes word.example.com would be completely different domain to www.example.com. Just point it to WP server (using your hosting or domain registrar, depending on your domain setup) and business as usual from there.

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