I've mimicked Otto's setup here: http://ottopress.com/2011/creating-a-wordpress-site-using-svn/ and my brief example is below.

That tutorial is specific to a single site install, and specifies a single domain. How can I customize the htaccess below to be suitable for multisite? Note that the multisite htaccess WordPress provides doesn't work because the wp directory is custom.

Directory Setup

  • C:\wamp\www\my_site - Site root
  • C:\wamp\www\my_site\wp-config.php - Config
  • C:\wamp\www\my_site\wp - WordPress as an SVN external
  • C:\wamp\www\my_site\custom-content - Custom content dir

Apache Setup

    ServerName example.com
    DocumentRoot "C:/wamp/www/my_site"
    ServerAdmin [email protected]

    <Directory C:/wamp/www/my_site>
        Order Allow,Deny
        Allow from all


Options -Indexes
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?example.com$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp/
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /wp/$1
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?example.com$
RewriteRule ^(/)?$ wp/index.php [L]
  • why do you want wordpress in a custom dir /wp/?
    – janw
    Apr 19, 2012 at 18:36
  • So that when I commit my project to SVN WordPress core files are totally independent of my plugins and themes. As an external I can switch WP versions on the fly. Apr 19, 2012 at 19:08
  • do you switched 'wp-content' with 'custom-content' so that you store your themes,plugins,uploads there?
    – janw
    Apr 19, 2012 at 20:49

2 Answers 2


For now, this is unsolvable according to Mark Jaquith, as noted here.

Q: Does this support WordPress in multisite mode?

A: No. Not until WordPress supports WordPress-in-a-subdirectory installation for multisite. If you're a WordPress hacker who wants to help with that feature, drop me a line


Not sure if this is exactly relevant, but Before You Create A Network: WordPress_Settings_Requirements says

Giving WordPress its own directory will not work in WordPress 3.0 with multisite enabled. If you wish to install WordPress in a folder AND have that folder name it will work. Domain mapping, however, will not work.

I'm not sure what AND have that folder name means there.

  • I think this is referring to the situation where you might want example.com/wordpress/. In my case, I don't need/want the WordPress directory name public like that. I think my desired solution is reachable, but I just don't know enough about htaccess. May 23, 2012 at 14:19

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