I have following situation. I have a WP Multisite installed in subdirectory:


Now normally next sites added would be created like that


Is there any way to have it created like this?


There is one more trick. my-domain.com/subfolder/ contains another non wordpress application.

  • What non wp application means? What .htaccess / slug conflicts do you have?
    – brasofilo
    Oct 20, 2013 at 20:26

4 Answers 4


After these years I hope this will still answer your question...

I think I've got the situation working you want. Allthough I don't have the Wordpress installation in '/subfolder/', but I've a installation 'in subdirectory' per language, and on the same level:

 my-domain.com/nl/ -> this is primary installation, site id = 1 
 my-domain.com/en/ -> this is the first site created by multistie, site id = 2
 my-domain.com/de/ -> this is the second site created by multistie, site id = 3

It requires a bit 'hacking' in the database, but it's very easy.

Step 1: Make sure your multisite 'root' installation is working as intended in it's subdirectory. In my case I got the following in 'wp-config.php':

define('MULTISITE', true);
define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', false); // allow sub-directory install (true for subdomain install)
define('DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE', 'my-domain.com/subfolder');
define('PATH_CURRENT_SITE', '/wp-multisite-root/');
define('SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);
define('BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);

(well in reality I don't have '/subfolder' :) )

Step 2: Now create you're first new site through multisite in a subfolder. When entering the foldername 'site2', Wordpress tells you it will be created as: my-domain.com/subfolder/wp-multisite-root/site2 That's correct, we will remove the 'wp-multisite-root' folder manually t

Step 3: Open up phpMyAdmin/directAdmin In the table wp_blogs edit the entry of you're newly created site. We will have to modify the path of it. It can be done with the following query:

UPDATE `wp_blogs` SET `path` = '/site2/' WHERE `wp_blogs`.`path` = '/wp-multisite-root/site2/';

Change domain name and site name accordingly. Also look for the site id mentioned there. If its the first extra site created it will be ID 2 as in my intro.

Step 4: Look into the table wp_<SITEID>_options. In our case with Site ID 2, it will be wp_2_options. There we will have to change the option_value where the option_name is 'siteurl' and 'home'. It can be done by running following queries:

UPDATE `wp_2_options` SET `option_value` = 'my-domain.com/subfolder/site2/' WHERE `option_name` = 'siteurl';
UPDATE `wp_2_options` SET `option_value` = 'my-domain.com/subfolder/site2/' WHERE `option_name` = 'home';

Again, change the domain and folder name accordingly. You'll note that we remove 'wp-multisite-root' from the url there, so site2 will be on the same level as `wp-multisite-root'.

Step 5: Refresh wp-admin and your site(s) will be listed as you wanted.


Piemol's answer is great and worked for me. However, I was unable to log into any of my sites except the main site. Upon inspecting my cookies, I discovered WordPress was making a cookie for only my main site and not the other subdirectories. To use OP's example, it was making a cookie for /subfolder/wp-multisite-root, which /subfolder/site1 could not use.

I dug through WordPress core to see what I needed to fix, and I ended up adding this code to my custom plugin to fix the paths used for the cookies:

define('COOKIEPATH', '/subfolder/');
define('SITECOOKIEPATH', '/subfolder/');

In my case, my site structure is actually like Piemol's, so I fixed my cookie paths to be the root:

define('COOKIEPATH', '/');
define('SITECOOKIEPATH', '/');

The simplest solution is to make my-domain/subfolder/ the WordPress install directory and base URL, then enable multisite configured to use subdirectories.

  • Sorry forgot to add my-domain/subfolder/ contains an application.
    – HoGo
    Oct 20, 2013 at 18:05
  • Maybe move the application? Oct 20, 2013 at 18:10
  • @ChipBennett would that override any of the current site configurations? Jun 15, 2014 at 12:15
  • How to make install directory into subfolder?
    – John Jang
    Jan 1, 2019 at 12:12

I've been trying to do a similar thing, and from everything I've discovered so far I think the answer is no, this isn't currently possible :(

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