Multisite with Different Domains

The question:

This question is similar to Multisite with entirely different domains? which was not answered. I am re-asking.

I want to host multiple domains using WP multisite, which is installed and working normally in “multiple subdomains” mode. This creates multiple WP sites like

site1.domain.com
site2.domain.com

I want to use

www.domain1.com
www.domain2.com

I’ve tried the WordPress MU domain mapping plugin but I’m not satisfied with its behavior. This plugin seems to simply redirect the user, ie. the user enters

www.domain1.com

and the browser is sent to

site1.domain.com

I don’t want the user to know they aren’t on domain1.com.

I also tried setting up VirtualHosts in Apache:

<VirtualHost *:80>
   ServerName site1.domain.com
   ServerAlias domain1.com
   ServerAlias www.domain1.com
</VirtualHost>

But this also seems to produce a redirect to

site1.domain.com

in the users’s browser.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Domain mapping is the correct answer to your question, because that isn’t how the domain mapping plugin works at all.

Take a look at http://ottopress.com. It really lives at http://ottodestruct.com/op/, but you wouldn’t know it, would you? It’s a domain mapped site on a multisite installation.

If you’re getting a redirect to the wrong URL, check to be sure that you set up the new domain as the “primary” in the domain mapping. The primary one is the one that the others will redirect to.

Method 2

I’ve tried the WordPress MU domain mapping plugin but I’m not satisfied with its behavior. This plugin seems to simply redirect the user

Are you sure that your domains DNS changes propagated long enough? It can take up to 48hours sometimes.

Reason I’m asking is because I am using the same plugin on one of my Multisite installs and although the setup of it all is a bit more complicated than a single WordPress install, eventually you can get it to work without too much trouble.


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