I have an existing WP install that I'm attempting to convert into a multi-site, in order to set up a development version in a subdirectory (required for testing an SSL on the same domain).

I've been able to do the initial stages of the multi-site okay, but when I've inspected my directory for the blogs.dir directory, I found that instead of a folder, there's a text file there.

Here's a screenshot: http://screencast.com/t/jlV4JAaUUmV

I can't find any examples of this happening online, nor am I sure how the install works okay without a folder there.

All parts of the original site run fine, but because the blogs.dir is a text file, I can't import files for my development installation...

Is there a step that I missed?

  • Check through an FTP client if the directory is really a text file. Probably the file editor showing wrong icon? Can you browse through it?
    – Sisir
    Oct 13, 2014 at 5:21
  • not related to the question, IMHO you are doing it wrong. a network sub site is not a valid development enviroment for anything that needs to be used on the same network. In this setting there is no real segregation between development and production code. Oct 13, 2014 at 5:46
  • Have checked in two FTP clients, clicking on the blogs.dir results in it trying to download the file.
    – Ashkas
    Oct 13, 2014 at 5:47
  • @MarkKaplun fair call, I haven't done this type of set up before. It's largely for testing the SSL.
    – Ashkas
    Oct 13, 2014 at 5:48
  • @Ashkas, why not to set a full wordpress install at the subdirectory? Oct 13, 2014 at 5:50

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blogs.dir isn't used for multisites created after WordPress 3.5. Instead everything exists in wp-content/uploads.

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