Subdomain multisite gives 404 on sub sites

The question:

I used a one click install to install wordpress and then converted it into a sub domain multisite. I have made the required changes to the wp-config and htaccess file.
The main site works absolutely fine.
When I try to add another site, it shows that the site has been successfully added. But the address shows a page that says no content here and gives a 404 error.(These are both generic pages similar to what my server shows on any random subdomain)

I do have a wildcard subdomain registered but its corresponding folder on the server seems to have no wordpress related files.

What can I do to fix this?

Also, when I create in wordpress, should I also register this subdomain on my cpanel or does the wildcard take care of it? And if I should register it, should I do this before creating a site in wordpress or after?
(I tried all 3 scenaorios but I still get the same problem)

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

WordPress can use subdomains only if they are linked to the same directory as the WordPress installation.


- wp/         // WP installation
- subdomains/ // wildcard subdomains


- wp/         // WP installation & wildcard subdomains

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