I have a primary domain and approximately 10 separate URL's for different clients and applications. I created a folder on the primary domain /websites/ and installed WP onto each add-on domain for each URL. Worked fine. However:

  1. Is this the right installatoin methodology for this without causing problems later on? NOTE - I have considered using MU, but decided against it as I'd rather each WP instance to be managed separately (will be using WP Manager).
  2. I tried to install WP on the primary domain URL, but the install was dumped into the public_html folder. I cannot work out how to put it in the /websites/ folder as it is on the root domain. This got me thinking as to whether having home/user/websites is the right path.

My goal is to set this up once, correctly from the start. Advice is appreciated.


You can install WordPress wherever you want, stick it in the directory and run the setup.

We have a sites.ourcompany.com/client-name setup that works excellently. If you want WordPress on the root domain, public_html should be the appropriate directory for it, unless you want it on /websites/ at which point you can just drag WordPress into that directory and run the installer there.

So for your first point, this methodology is totally fine. It gets cumbersome with a bunch of sites, but that's where the benefits of a WP Manager set up comes in (such as iThemes Sync, WP Manager, Manage WP, WPMU's "The Hub", etc.)

For your second point, I'm not entirely sure what you're asking since public_html is the defacto "I want WP on my domain" folder, and if you want it in a subdirectory, just install it in a subdirectory

  • Great. I added the domain at public_html, but i got: mydomain.com.mydomain.com. which folder under public_html should I add the WP installation? My host has a WP installation application which I use - I prefer to use this as It allows me to set up the DB name, etc. On the second point, i'm not looking for a sub-directory, I'm looking to add it to its own URL. – Andrew Findlay Mar 1 '18 at 16:39

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