subfolder within a subfolder child site

How do I install a subfolder within a subfolder child site in a wordpress multisite?


  • James Dunn
    • The Crimson Coder

    Hello Roeder.

    Are you possibly talking about creating a child theme of a child theme (what we affectionately termed a grandchild theme in a WP class I took)? If so, that actually can’t be done (unless some huge changes have been accomplished with WP in the past six months or so. In the class I took, we had several people actually try all week to make it work and it never worked. Then the instructor enlightened everyone that it could not be done. You can only have Parent-Child themes. But, you can have as many Child themes as you want.

    I apologize if I misinterpreted your question. Give us a little more information and we might be able to further help you.

    James Dunn

    Athens, GA USA

  • James Dunn
    • The Crimson Coder

    Hey Roeder.

    Can you explain better how it works in single installations? I’m not even sure what you’re trying to accomplish. Since most of my work is with child themes of the Genesis Framework (purchased ones and ones that I create), I’m curious to know what you are doing, how you are using it, and how you accomplish it with single site installations.

    You’ve really got my curiosity aroused here.

    James Dunn

    Athens, GA USA

  • Sue
    • Recruit

    Hi Roeder

    The reason why you can’t use Sub sites of sub sites on WordPress multisite is because it is using the same structure as a page needs to use. So in your example, it would look for page childsite2 on site URL

    This is something that you can initially struggle with when using WordPress Multisite because you want sites to be located in some order with each other.

    How I would do it is set up and then use a links widget to link to their other sites or use a custom menu in the top navigation that links to each of the related sites ( ).


    Sue Waters

    WPMU DEV Support

  • roeder
    • New Recruit

    First you create a subfolder in FTP (ex, you can install wordpress manually or through fantastico in cPanel or you can leave it empty. Then, you create a subfolder inside that subfolder (ex and install wordpress.

  • James Dunn
    • The Crimson Coder

    Now I understand Roeder.

    Never done it like that before. I’ve installed WP on my main domain and then had multiple installs on subfolders below that, but only one level deep. Haven’t had any need to go two levels deep. I’m sure you have your reasons, but I’ve just never needed to do that.

    Of course, after having my main domain with WP on it and about six WP installs in a sub-folder (not a subdomain) of my main domain, I’m thinking I should have begun to use MultiSite earlier and just run all of that on a single WP Install. My host and server engineer would probably be much appreciative. :wink:

    Regardless, I would definitely agree with Sue – both on her reason “why” it doesn’t work in MultiSite and a possible way to accomplish it. Hope it all works out for you.

    Thanks again for explaining. Interesting concept.

    James Dunn

    Athens, GA USA

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