I have primarydomain.com and an addondomain.com

addondomain.com points to primarydomain.com/addondomain

I have installed 2 seperate installs of wordpress on primarydomain.com and primarydomain.com/addondomain

Can I activate multisite on primarydomain.com/addondomain as addondomain.com?

My reason for this is these are two separate sites with two separate functions, so I wanted to use separate databases. Is this possible?

2 Answers 2


Yes, it is possible, as long as you use addondomain.com to access the Multisite.

  • So all I need to do is activate the multisite on addondomain.com, and it'll work? Simply uploading a backed-up multisite into won't do?
    – Yukihana
    Jan 23, 2011 at 8:43
  • Yes, if you activate the multisite on addondomain.com, it will work.
    – sorich87
    Jan 23, 2011 at 8:52
  • Uploading a backed-up multisite will work too. You will just need to replace all the occurrences of the old domain name by the new one in the database and wp-config.php
    – sorich87
    Jan 23, 2011 at 8:53
  • Thank you. One last thing: the backup I am using has the subsites in subdomain.addondomain.com but right now it doesn't work anymore. Do I need to do something else for this to work? Or I'll have to settle with addondomain.com/formersubdomain ?
    – Yukihana
    Jan 23, 2011 at 11:55
  • @Yukihana, see @andrea_r reply.
    – sorich87
    Jan 24, 2011 at 7:14

For the subdomains, if you have access to Apache you can enable the wildcards for the add-on domain.

if not, and you only have cpanel, you're stuck. on most shared hosts, the wildcard record goes to the primary domain only.


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