I want to be sure that I can achieve what I'm looking to do

I want to be sure that I can achieve what I'm looking to do with your plugins. I currently have both installed but am not 100% certain which I need.

I'm running the current version of WordPress and multisite is setup for subdirectories. So, I have:
voices.dyc.edu
voices.dyc.edu/students
voices.dyc.edu/hockey
etc.

I would like to be able to run a few other domain names on the same installation, if possible. So, adding to the above, I also want to have:
http://www.somedomain.com
http://www.anotherdomain.com
and possibly,
http://www.anotherdomain.com/subdir1
http://www.anotherdomain.com/subdir2

Is this possible? I should note that the IP address (DocumentRoot) for the site does resolve to voices.dyc.edu. The Multi-Domains plugin instructions state it won't work well for subdirectories (which I didn't see until I looked at the instructions after install) and the Domain Mapping instructions seems like... overkill? I don't want to be a domain reseller.

Thanks for some guidance.

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey April,

    Hope you're doing well today and thanks for your question!

    What you're looking for is possible with Multi Domains and Domain Mapping; however, you would need a sub-domain multisite install.

    Domain Mapping works on subdirectory installs, what it does is maps your sites to their own top level domain.

    For example, yoursite.com/subdir could become subdir.com

    Multi Domains is for allowing people to sign up their site with different domains in their url. You likely noticed this on the usage page.

    Let me know if you still have further questions here!

    You wouldn't need to be a domain reseller to use domain mapping, but your users will need to have their own domain to map.

    Look forward to your reply!

    Cheers,
    Tyler

  • April

    Thanks for the response, Tyler. I have gotten Domain Mapping to work on the site. It allows me to create a site like voices.dyc.edu/newsite and then change it to http://www.somedomain.com.

    But, I want to re-visit the Multi-Domains instructions...

    The very first statement in the instructions is "Multi-Domains is for subdomain installations only and will not work well for subdirectory installations." Yet later in the instructions, under the Add Domain section, it gives an example that says "you can allow a user to run a site at
    domain1.com/blogname
    domain2.com/blogname
    ..."

    That looks like subdirectories to me because wouldn't it otherwise be blogname.domain1.com and blogname.domain2.com?

    As previously stated, I have a subdirectory install:
    voices.dyc.edu
    voices.dyc.edu/students
    voices.dyc.edu/hockey

    Can I not add somedomain.com and then make somedomain.com/blogname as shown in the directions?

    Thanks in advance for some clarification.

  • aristath

    Hello again @April, I hope you're well today!

    The screenshots on that page were made using a subfolder installation just so that they show the options, nothing more than that. I sent a note to our writers and we will be replacing these soon.

    I also notified the plugin developer on this one, hopefully he'll be able to clarify why this doesn't work on sub-folder installations and if there's any thing we can do to make it work there.

    Cheers,
    Ari.

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