I am trying to get the home page only (index) of specific blogs in my multisite instance to redirect to another URL entirely. I want people to be able to resolve links to individual pages/articles, just the home page will redirect.

Not all the sub-sites in multisite,just 1 or 2.

The intent is to basically 'archive' the site, but move the index page to a new URL

How can I specify specific blogs on the stack? Is this better done as a header redirect? Can it be done in htaccess? There doesnt seem to be an individual dir for each sub-site with its respective htaccess, otherwise it would be pretty straightforward. Target the IDs of the blogs?

Something like WP_Maintenance comes close but only redirects once logged in. I cant seem to find a plugin that does this specifically either, but would be happy to make one if it could be hooked in this fashion.

Im familiar with htaccess, but how can I target specific blogs? I have found examples and posts on several issues that are close, but not this exactly. Im sure this is something dreadfully simple that Im overlooking.

Most importantly Im looking for a 'Wordpress safe' answer that won't have unintended consequences.

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You can detect if you're on the front page of a given site with is_front_page(). You can use the init hook to do a wp_redirect() to any absolute URI you want.

add_action( 'init', 'wpse182623_redirect_home_page_only' );
function wpse182623_redirect_home_page_only() {
    if( is_front_page() ) {
        wp_redirect( 'http://example.com/some-other-page/' );

Put this into a plugin and activate that plugin on any sites where you need the front page to redirect elsewhere.


  • for posterity, this doesnt trigger a 'headers already sent' by PHP then? This seems terribly obvious. Thanks for the info. Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 17:45
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    From the init docs: "Fires after WordPress has finished loading but before any headers are sent." So I think it should be fine, but I haven't tested it to be 100% sure.
    – Pat J
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 18:09

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