How to Set Up WordPress Multisite on GoDaddy Hosting

Setting up WordPress Multisite with GoDaddy hosting is more of an “If you have to…” situation, which means if you’re being compelled by a die-hard GoDaddy customer. I wouldn’t recommend GoDaddy hosting to anyone, but if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to work on it for someone else, here’s what to do:

1. Step 1: Enable Multisite

This is easy. You’ll add this to your wp-config.php file:

define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

Step 2: Set the structure of your Multisite installation

Log into WordPress and go to Tools > Networks. Select sub-directories. P.S.: You’re not going to get another chance on this one, so make sure you choose the right option.

Please Note: You cannot use the WordPress Subdomains option with GoDaddy hosting.

This means you must select sub-directories.

Now add your network title and admin email.

Step 3: Complete the installation by following the instructions displayed after you click Install

WordPress will tell you where to go from here. You’ll copy and paste some code into your wp-config.php file and call it a day.

GoDaddy has a complete help article on this topic with the most updated information, should you need further assistance.

Also, we have a great tutorial in our manual that will help you through the process step by step for any host:
Creating a Network by Enabling WordPress Multisite

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    • @Sarah I’ve heard from some people in the webdev community that Godaddy is pretty much the devil with web hosting and Host Gator seems to the alternative, however I have heard a fair share of horrible reviews about Host Gator, and other alternatives, as well.

      Regardless, I just want to know why in your opinion, concrete reasons, Godaddy hosting is so horrible of a choice compared to others? Such as what they lack in support, if they impose unreasonable hosting limits, etc.

  • New Recruit

    Using GoDaddy is very similar to using AOL for internet access; the services do work, but under peak times they appear to be stressful. I had a WordPress Multisite on GoDaddy (on shared hosting, no less), and it worked out sensible…until you had to register a member/user for the Multisites.

    If you weren’t an admin of a site within a multisite, you were redirected towards the parent website, and for some clients that caused a lot of collateral damage when they think they comment/complain about signing up for (additional and optional) services that they don’t want.

  • “Please Note: You cannot use the WordPress Subdomains option with GoDaddy hosting.”

    I don’t think this is necessarily true. I am doing it on my WPMU installation at I also host and in that same WPMU network. (Please note that I’m not trying to shamelessly mention theses sites…I just thought it was a real-world example.)

  • I too wouldn’t use GoDaddy for hosting, but I’d get a SSL certificate from them. They’re cheap, like $13 if you get a coupon or promo, and are highly trusted. Renewal price goes up a bit, but it’s still a good deal.

    As for hosting I use Dreamhost and have been very pleased, especially with their WordPress integration and customer service.

  • Hi Gang,

    While I have been humbled these last two years trying to get my ship sailing with all the projects I wish to float. I have experienced excellent customer support from However, I am an executive support level customer, so I get a different hotline phone number than I used to get.

    The key tip I want to share with you all from my thirty something years in business, is that we need to kick any poor service experience upstairs to the next level of management (in writing), as opposed to fighting the phone death hold; customer in/out uqued for hours, system these companies will run us through if we let them.

    I have found it much more effective to spend the time to write a quick note to management after one bad experience, so that I am identified as someone not to be “played with.”

    Hope this helps. Take care.

  • I have 3 self hosted wordpress blogs hosted on two domains – 1 with wordpressed blog 1and1 , second with godaddy techblog whitershade
    Third open blog.
    There are vast differences between the hosting quality of the two.
    Whereas I have little problem with 1and1 (run on php5), godaddy keeps on frustrating me endlessly :
    – Numerous instances where W3 cache does not work
    – anytime a plugin is for update, you need to install it manually via ftp, sometimes twice.
    – (with 1and1 the same plugin works via autoupdate, php settings on 755 on both)
    – godaddy keeps on spamming my email with ‘offers’ endlessly, needless to say, I will not
    heed to their luring tactics.
    – overall, 1and1 is the better option, essentially I find it working better bandwidth, hassle free,
    ever since they changed their php servers 1and1 is the better option, without doubt.
    – I will transfer my domain once the contract will end.
    Bye godaddy, your cute chick on the front page can’t entice me any longer.

    Godaddy is a drag money making machine that has not much to offer except endless ‘special deals’ .

    wordpressed Nice blog

  • Go-daddy is awful. Pure garbage in every way. I’ve even moved every domain I owned out of there almost 10 years ago to enom…
    They have the most convoluted UI I have ever seen in over 15 years of web development and 25 years of web surfing.
    The hosting itself, interface aside, is a joke. I tell everyone I’ve ever met who’s interested in websites for their own business, to avoid it all cost. I won’t even help anyone anymore if they have GoDaddy hosting, I refuse to login to that site.

    How much do I hate Godaddy? Well, I hate sauerkraut with a passion too. But, I’d rather eat sauerkraut breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next week than use GoDaddy Hosting to even publish a single page of html, let alone try to install multisite :-P

  • Thank you for the info. I have a programming note type question. Is the little share bar on the lefthand side of this blog page available as a WP plugin? I’ve been looking for something like it that stays static as your scroll up and down a post.

  • Hi Sarah. I know you’re the queen of WordPress, so I’m hoping you can help me out on this question related to Multi-site hosting.

    I want to do an install of WordPress in the root directory of my hosting account with network (Multisite) enabled.

    The Problem: I already have a non-wordpress site running in my root directory, with 2 sub directories in the root folder that hold other unrelated web sites. Right now I just have the domain names pointing to the sub directories.

    My Question: If I install WP in the root, can I have my other non WP sites in subdirectories in the root folder as well? I’ve heard if you install WP in the root, you can’t have sub directories also in the root and point domains to them.

    In short, I’m trying to avoid having a separate hosting account. I basically need to know how non-WP sites can live with WP installed in the root folder.

  • Very helpful, thank you.. I am also with Godaddy, I take it the reason why we can’t use sub-domains are because on the shared hosting environment. Either way good to know it can be done.

  • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Has Godaddy provided a fix to work around the wildcard function for multisites?

    My main install works well but themes and plugins don’t appear in the subomain sites.

    I’m trying to run multiple sites connected through buddypress and right now, the sub-sites are not accessing the main-site but the main-site can access the sub-sites.

    Any help would be great.

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