Outlined multisite www.domain.tld new site install instructions after using multi-domains

Hi gang,

I only have one of my brains wrapped around these great ideas you folks have mastered.

One of my goals is to bootstrap my social networking website: Lifebrightener.com, through the leveraging of my domain marketing efforts of at least 455 domains I currently have in my inventory. The idea is to build value for the domains worth for auction, while pulling in affiliate marketing dollars with Amazon, Google, eBay, WPMU, GoDaddy, (oh hell, I am a whore, don't you know it? :slight_smile: You all get it.

I have gotten an executive level account at GoDaddy; so I have access to good support. I have an SSL, and a dedicated IP on an unlimited shared hosting account- overkill. I have set up my domains as sub-directories of my single MS install, which is also my only hosting domain (the SSL & dedicated IP.)

I would love to blast out SEO rich (www.herohealer.com, http://www.counselmore.com, http://www.goodydaddy.com, etc.), as opposed to (http://herohealer.com, http://counselmore.com, http://goodydaddy.com, etc.) However, if it resolves the same way, I really could care less, so long as if it doesn't stop the customer from typing in http://www.????.com.

Now, it seems like I have multi-domain down pat. I can generate simple http://www.goodydaddy.com, or just plain old goodydaddy.com. But, when I go into the SuperAdmin area to create a new site, then select either http://www.goodydaddy.com, or goodydaddy.com, I am forced to enter a value in the area to the right of the domain name beyond the / (or path.) Otherwise, I recDear User,

Your new Life Brightener Lights site has been successfully set up at:
http://goodydaddy.com/wp/

You can log in to the administrator account with the following information:
Username: HeadLight
Password: N/A
Login Here: http://goodydaddy.com/wp/wp-login.php

We hope you enjoy your new site.
Thanks!

--The Team @ Life Brightener Lights
ieve a missing, or invalid site name error.

I am using the domain mapping tool with the dedicated ip address, and have set up the A record for goodydaddy.com with the *. Despite getting a positive result of a new site created, and an email from the system indicating that the site was created, I am receiving a 500 internal server error.

Please help.

  • Lifebrightener

    Whoops, also forgot to ask for clarification on new site creation form.

    I go into Super Admin; The problem I have is when I select the domain in the site address area before the / , the system demands an entry of some sort, which I haven't a clue (fell asleep in class, I guess.) I have been putting in the value: wp for WordPress, with the thinking that this is a valid path extension. However, I do not see a folder being built, nor does my GoDaddy rep understand the need for such an extension after this / , since putting a folder after the domain name would drag SEO values to the folder behind the domain we are building (his thinking.)

    Add Site

    Site Address /

    Only the characters a-z and 0-9 recommended.
    Site Title
    Admin Email
    A new user will be created if the above email address is not in the database.
    The username and password will be mailed to this email address.

  • Mason

    Hiya Tim,

    Not to worry, we haven't lost ya ;D

    I think we need to take a step back though to make sure we're on the same page with everything.

    You've got your WordPress multi-site network setup. And from the sound of things it's setup to use sub-directories. Is that correct?

    You can tell by going to Super Admin>Sites and looking to the "Add Site" section.
    Does it say "Site Address: example.com/_____________________"
    (You then enter something in the text area after example.com)

    If this is how your site is setup then you have sub-directory install. Each time you create a new site it will look like this (before applying any plugins):
    http://example.com/site1
    http://example.com/site2

    This will happen (and is necessary) for any new site you create on any of the domains created through the multi-domain plugin.

    These sub-directories are where each of your new sites will live, but they do not create new folders on your server. Instead, they create a new site ID in wp-content/blogs.dir/

    Once you've set up a site, you can then activate the domain mapping feature to use one of your URLs. This way, no one will ever see or enter in http://example.com/site1
    Instead they will see http://example2.com

    Hope this helps a bit. Let me know where we're still unclear and then we can help you troubleshoot a bit further.

    Thanks!

  • Lifebrightener

    Okay, just need a little more clarification:

    1. Yes! I am a Sub-Directory install
    2. This means when I am in the Super Admin>Sites and looking to the "Add Site" section it prompts me to select a site address from the drop down arrow, from the domains generated from multi-domain, then it wants the text value after the /
    3. So, my question is if my main site is example.com, which happens to be the top selection, how do I select the domain I want: example1.com and what do I put after the / as a valid value?
    4. Am I adding these sites before I use the domain mapping plugin, or after?
    5. Surely, you want me to set up A records with * focused on the dedicated IP's- correct?
    6. I have these domains added as folders to the hosting directory. Is that a problem? Or, should they just be in my domain manager with the wildcard A records? In short, are the folders in the hosting account going to screw anything up?
    7. Lastly, I think I am there after this one. How long until the new site is ready to play with? Ready to be seen on the internet? Can it be accessed as a membership site? And, no at this point, I want total control from my main site. So, can all admin be done from the main blog?

    Thanks so much for you help,
    Tim

  • Mason

    Hiya Lifebrightener,

    Thanks for your patience and sorry for the longer-than-normal wait. Promise, you're not forgotten! ;D

    Now, let's get to work. :smiley:

    So, my question is if my main site is example.com, which happens to be the top selection, how do I select the domain I want: example1.com and what do I put after the / as a valid value?

    Take a look at this:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/wpmu-manual/creating-sites-using-super-admin-sites/
    This is the first step you should do in creating your new sites. Since you're using domain mapping, the end user will never really know what your putting after the "/". It'll really just be for your internal reference withing the WordPress admin area.

    4. Am I adding these sites before I use the domain mapping plugin, or after?

    Definitely before. Domain mapping is done on each site individually after they are created in step above.

    Surely, you want me to set up A records with * focused on the dedicated IP's- correct?

    Not necessary. If this is all on one installation of WordPress, then WordPress itself will handle most of the redirection to the right spot. That's the beauty of these plugins. Everything's nice and consolidated and easily managed. Well - comparatively easy.

    I have these domains added as folders to the hosting directory. Is that a problem? Or, should they just be in my domain manager with the wildcard A records? In short, are the folders in the hosting account going to screw anything up?

    Shouldn't need the domain folders. I think WordPress would just ignore them anyway, but you don't need them. Also, since this is a sub-directory install, you don't actually need the wildcard either.

    Lastly, I think I am there after this one. How long until the new site is ready to play with? Ready to be seen on the internet? Can it be accessed as a membership site? And, no at this point, I want total control from my main site. So, can all admin be done from the main blog?

    Should be pretty immediate. If you give me some links I can take a look with you and see how the setup's going. The whole idea here is to keep things under one admin for ya so that's exactly what our result should be. I think the problem was maybe too many new steps all at once.

    Am I parking the addon domain at GoDaddy, or at my main sites dedicated IP's domain?

    On the same server where your dedicated IP is. That's where they need to be parked. You're hosting through GoDaddy and then also using them as your domain registrar correct?

    My process on all of this would be:
    1. Start off with the WordPress installation.
    2. Decide how many sites you want to create
    3. Create each site in Site Admin
    4. Create A Record on each domain in registrar pointing to main site's IP
    5. Create parked domains in cPanel on host for each domain you modified above.
    6. Add domain mapping to each individual site.

    You don't need any other modifications, folders, etc for this to work. Should be as simple as above.

    Again, let us know how it's going and we'll walk ya through as best we're able. Best of luck!

    Thanks!

  • Lifebrightener

    Arg! Add domain mapping to each new site? How? they don't each have an mu-plugins folder.

    Here is my status.

    I pulled out multi-domain, since I got the info that this was a domain mapping toy.

    I got all of my domains in domain manager with GoDaddy parked to the main sites Hosting domain, which is an SSL dedicated IP address. Therefore, every domain in my domain manager that I own, has an A record with the correct dedicated IP address burned into it.

    However, when I go into New Site create, all I see is my main sites http://www.lifebrightener.com/______.

    I do not have the option to input any other information, other than a value behind the / field.

    Is this because I should have left domain mapping alone? Or, should have left multi-domain alone. Blah, blah. Because, I am pretty sure I had my ducks in a row with those installations.

    Please get to me soon Mason,

    Thanks,
    Tim

  • Ulrich

    However, when I go into New Site create, all I see is my main sites http://www.lifebrightener.com/______.

    Great! Create a site for each domain. E.g.: http://www.lifebrightener.com/domain1, http://www.lifebrightener.com/domain2, etc.
    Then, login to each site, go to 'Tools>Domain Mapping' and add the corresponding domain name in the custom domain field.

    Also forgot to ask if I should comment out line 30 in the domain mapping php file

    No, you don't need to comment it out, since you only want one domain per site.

  • Lifebrightener

    Guys, sorry to be dense. But, you must be what you are.

    1. The information the Web is mixed on this one: Do I need a second A record, if I already have an A record "@" pointing to "dedicated ip" of main site setup in domain manager? Hence, do I need to go in and setup a wildcard for a subdirectory install, ex: " * " pointing to"dedicated ip" of main site also?
    I already have all my domains setup like: "@" pointing to "dedicated ip" of main site.

    2. You should also know Mason. Just to keep things clean, I erased all the subdirectory referenced folders in my hosting accounts, which are typically used for individual installations of WP. While you said that WP would probably ignore them, Andrea of the WP support forums said that if we use folder labels that are too similar to the domains we are using, then we are asking for problems. Hell, I was using cloned names for the domain names as folder names. BAM. Hence: mainsite: http://www.lifebrightener.com/ was not probably going to give birth to http://www.adoremore.com anytime soon, given the structure: http://www.lifebrightener.com/adoremore.com

    3. Do I want to be using Multi-Domain, and/or Blog and User Creator. I am going to fire up over 450 sites.

    4. Lastly, before I go through all this for affiliate marketing and domain value building, it is imperative for me to know that these virtual sites are going to both build traffic rankings, SEO nicely, report nicely for monetary reasons for Amazon and friends, and lastly: make me a billionaire. OKAY, forget the last one.

    I will split the billion 80/20, ha, ha.

    Thanks guys,
    Tim

    3.

  • Mason

    Hiya Lifebrightner,

    No worries. We're here to help. I'm actually working on a screencast that shows how you put all these pieces together for domain mapping in 10 minutes. Should be a big help and I hope to get it done this week :smiley:

    1. Nope, you don't need a new A record, just edit or replace the original. Each URL should have it's own A record and the IP entered should all match the dedicated IP of your WordPress install. It sounds like you've got it set up correctly.

    Since you're using sub-directories, a wildcard * is not needed at all.

    2. Glad you deleted those folders. If Andrea said it, I'd go with it (and you can tell her I said that ;D)

    3. Let's start with Domain Mapping. You want to create multiple sites within each of your main domain names is that correct? To do so, you'll also need multi domains, but let's take it a step at a time ;D

    4. Yes, this will all play nicely with SEO and Google. Wordpress.com hosts all their blogs on a few IP addresses and we do the same for our service at edublogs.org. No hit on the SEO for that. Also shouldn't cause an issue for Amazon, etc.

    lastly: make me a billionaire. OKAY, forget the last one.

    No, let's not forget that one! ;D

    I will split the billion 80/20, ha, ha.

    Won't forget that one either. You want my paypal address for the transfer? :smiley:

    Thanks. I'll try to post here if/when I get the screencast up for domain mapping

  • Lifebrightener

    Thanks for getting back D!

    Here is where not being on the phone, or in your face makes it tough explaining a concept. A step at a time? I think I know the steps, but you guys are all world class skaters, and me; like many others in your circle of customers I can see, are just starting to slip and slide onto the ice. Great opportunity for you guys, yet I know how hard it is to stop doing figure eights all day long for the slow lane. Minds like yours are teaming with ideas.

    Last thing I really need you guys to spell it out for me on: What is the correct naming convention for my new site creation job task? I want to go into this right.
    Am I mapping to simple numbers 1,2,3,4.... site1,2,3,4...?

    http://example.com/site1
    http://example.com/site2

    By creating new sites where example ='s my main blogs domain name, and (site1 = site1), nothing more, until AFTER the domain mapping process maps the domain name to the "site1" or tagged 'site1' blog created in the new site creation process.

    So, to make it dirty for everyone-- and more memorable. Site creation only makes the egg for TLD. It is when we GET IT ON with domain mapping that a TOP LEVEL DOMAIN SITE gets created through intercourse of the two.

    Here is the calculation:slight_frown:(site1, the 'egg')drops>period>new_blog_creation)) * ((TLD = IP) * Domain Mapping)) = virtual genesis TLD- or Totally Lost Developer.

    I am punchy tonight. I hope you all enjoy,
    Tim

    Inspired by seeing the Social Network last night, and their algorithm for rating girls faces on hotness.

  • Mason

    Hiya Lifebrightener

    Last thing I really need you guys to spell it out for me on: What is the correct naming convention for my new site creation job task? I want to go into this right.
    Am I mapping to simple numbers 1,2,3,4.... site1,2,3,4...?

    This can literally be whatever you like. These are only for your reference - no visitor will ever see them so use what makes sense for you.

    Also, we've almost wrapped up the screencast so should be out soon and then you can watch it in action to see how one is setup.

    Thanks!

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