Multisite New Install Cannot Open New Network Site Without Error 404

I finished installing WP3.3 with multisite. It seems to work fine. However, when I create a new site I get a 404 error when I visit it or goto the dashboard.

I tried this twice and read many forums. I am hosting at Godaddy and have a dedicated DNS (for domain mapping). Before I try to get the domain mapping up and running I thought I would create a test network site called testsite001. Whenever I click on visit or dashboard I receive an 404 error. The browser address shows http://mysite.com/testsite001. I updated .htaccess per WP. It was placed under a directory named \home\content\56\.....\html\ with the blogs.dir. I changed the permissions on the \home directory to 755. When I look at the properties again it shows 705. Should owner permissions, group permissions, and public permissions all have read, write and execute privlages?

There may be an issue with the directory structure within the installation. Unless the path shown in the browser's address bar is virtual or unrelated to the directory structure within my domain, I do not see subdirectories at my domain that match the browser's address bar. I could tell this by looking at my domain using my FTP file transfer program.

Any suggestions?

Have a great day.

  • Timothy Bowers

    Hi afswpmu

    404 are nearly always htaccess related. You might like to check the default files here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network#.htaccess_and_Mod_Rewrite

    Folders are 755 and files are 644, this can depend on your server settings, but this is what we use for suPHP on our servers. Your host will know their set up better, so it may well be worth asking them on the permissions.

    Hope this helps.

  • afswpmu

    Thanks, from what I read I would not be suprised if it is a htaccess problem. I think I may have the code right, I will check it again. But, I think the htaccess file may be in the wrong subfolder. WP generated code when I checked my network setup menu. It told me to place in the directory I mention in my first posting. This subfolder is buried fairly deep beneath many other subfolders.

    Where does the htaccess file belong? Should there be mulitple copies? Are there different versions of htaccess depending which subfolder it is in?

    Thanks for the help and have a great day.

  • afswpmu

    Great. That worked. As I see it, the problem I ran into was that after I initiated the multisite switch in wp-config, I then went and followed the directions under "network setup" that WP sent me before the super admin was created. The directions there said to place htaccess at about 5 subfolders deep into the home directory. This seems to have been the wrong place. As a followup closing question, is there anyplace (folder or file) that I can goto and see an indication of the site that was created. I realize the address is virtual; however,the information that is entered into the site is not. It must be stored in some fashion in a file/folder and at some location at my hosting site. Is there something or some place I can go and see the newly established site at the file/folder level?

    Have a great day. You made mine a lot better

  • Timothy Bowers

    Hey there.

    The directions there said to place htaccess at about 5 subfolders deep into the home directory. This seems to have been the wrong place.

    I've never seen it suggest that in all the times I've install Multisite over the years. Really odd one. If it happens again I'd love to see a screenshot or have a look :slight_smile:

    As a followup closing question, is there anyplace (folder or file) that I can goto and see an indication of the site that was created. I realize the address is virtual; however,the information that is entered into the site is not.

    The information is still virtual, however if you upload any images or files then they get sent to:

    /wp-content/blogs.dir/

    In there you will find all folders pertaining to all sites in your install with actual files.

    Is there something or some place I can go and see the newly established site at the file/folder level?

    In a multisite install, all the same files, plugins, themes are shared. No duplication of the code base. The way it is coded allows the site to pull the information form the database. As I mentioned the only physical thing is when files ie images, videos, etc are uploaded.

    Have a great day. You made mine a lot better

    Glad I could help. :slight_smile:

    Take care.

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