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I'd like to use a single installation of wordpress, and achieve the following:

  • site.com is the main host site

  • other-site1.com

  • ...
  • other-sitex.com are the other sites and show their fronts. login access should be disabled / prevented - I assume I could do this using the server conf file.

  • admin1.site.com

  • ...
  • adminx.site.com are the admin for the above sites

As far as I understand, I need to use a combination of wordpress multisite for the subdomains, as well as possibly a plugin for the separate domains. Or, could i do some sort of fancy redirect server-side for the urls?

I'd like the accounts to be unique to each subdomain / site if possible, or at worse, granted admin privileges only to specific domains.

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First, as you already said, you will need to activate multisite. To do so in your wp-config.php file just before the line that says: /* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ add define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true ); and then in the WordPress admin, go to Tools >Network Setup then follow the steps to finish installing multisite. Then use this plugin to map the domin names: WordPress MU Domain Mapping

Check out this article for more details and some other plugins to help manage multisites: The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Multisite

  • mu domain mapping plugin: Last Updated: 1 year ago – user3791372 Dec 23 '15 at 15:16
  • the last active support topic for this plugin was active less that 24 hours ago so I wouldn't worry about it being out of date – yobddigi Dec 23 '15 at 15:19

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