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WordPress 3.9 Multisite = Soblaugh

| April 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Cry? Laugh? I did a little of both with a good ol’ soblaugh. So, yeah. WordPress 3.9 wreaked major havoc on some of our WordPress Multisites, and I can only breathe again now that I rolled them back to 3.8.3.

Here are the two hair-pulling scenarios I encountered in case you bump into these too. You are not alone!

Case 1: WordPress Multisite with www in the domain (ex. www.domain.com) using subdirectories.

When going to the subsite (ex. www.domain.com/he), I got a 404 error.

When going to the Dashboard for the subsite, www.domain.com/he/wp-admin, I couldn’t get to the subsite’s Dashboard. I kept getting redirected to the main site’s Dashboard.

However, when I looked in PHPmyadmin, the whole database was still there.

Possible solution: Check in the database if in wp_site and wp_blogs that the domain has www.

Related issues: There is a related ticket that has to do with mixed case path but since my subsite doesn’t have mixed case, I created a new ticket but I don’t know if anyone else had this issue.

Case 2: WordPress Multisite with non-www in the domain (ex. domain.com) using subdomains.

When I tried to go the subsite (ex. subsite.domain.com), I got redirected to this url: http://subdomain.domain.com/wp-signup.php?new=subsite and this text displayed on the page “Registration has been disabled.”

Solution: You probably won’t believe this but the solution was adding a slash. Literally, a / into the Path in the network admin. If you go to network admin > sites > edit site > info, the second line is Path. Add a forward slash: /
Bless the people in the forum!


Related Issues: The closest ticket I could find in the WordPress trac was this one that deals with Multisite www getting treated as a subdomain, so I left a comment.

The non-conclusion

I so wish I could say “in conclusion”, but unfortunately, I don’t know what to conclude at this point since it seems WordPress 3.9 is breaking some Multisites in the most mysterious ways. Since I couldn’t wait for 3.9.1. to be released, I backed up these sites, and rolled them back to 3.8.3 by replacing the core WordPress files except for wp-content, htaccess and wp-config, and now everything is back to normal.

Here’s to praying that 3.9.1 fixes these issues!

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About Rebecca Markowitz: Rebecca Markowitz has built over 50 WordPress sites for clients as Web Project Manager and WordPress specialist at illuminea. illuminea is a Jerusalem-based boutique web agency. WPGarage shows my dedicated relationship with WordPress over the years - full of love, laughs, tears, growth and strong drinks. L'chaim! View author profile.

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  1. Joseph Ugoretz says:

    Noticing the same problem on our install, so thanks very much for reassuring me that I’m not crazy and pointing to the core issue (I was just getting a couple of users reporting that their “websites had disappeared and then come back and then disappeared again.”).

    Not sure if I’m going to roll back or just tell people not to use www, but it sure helps to know what’s going. Example is http://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/ugoretz13 which loads fine, and http://www.macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/ugoretz13 which just redirects immediately to http://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios (as it would do with a 404).

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