I just knew that Nokia tune was composed in 1902. This tune — also called Grande Valse — is a phrase from a composition for solo guitar, Gran Vals, by the Spanish classical guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega. And, it’s estimated that this Nokia tune is heard 1.8 billion times per day, about 20,000 times per second. [Reference: Nokia tune on Wikipedia]
Now, WordPress installation in this domain (
orangescale.com) powers my other blog — in Bahasa Indonesia, using WordPress 3.0 Multi-Site feature. I decided to use this method so that I don’t have to manage two separated WordPress installation. In short: orangescale.com and thomas.or.id are now using a single WordPress installation, using
orangescale.com as the primary blog.
This method works on my blog, but I don’t guarantee that you will have the exact process depending your own installation:
- First, enable WordPress 3.0 Multi-Site feature
- You should have access to modify domain DNS record. If your webhosting provider provide “Add-on domain” feature, it should work.
- Create a new site under First Blog, you can use any address first.
- Export contents from blog you want to move using WordPress export feature.
- Import the export file you have to Second Blog.
- Copy all media files from Second Blog to
firstblog.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/files/X/(Note: “X” is the Site ID).
- Check all settings, escpecially the image locations in your posts. Later, the uploaded media files will use this path:
seconddomain.com/files/path/to/image.jpg(the path might be different). If you have broken image path, check the settings and paths again.
- Install WordPress MU Domain Mapping plugin. Follow the instruction. It’s easy.
- Modify Second Blog DNS settings. Basically, you need to create an A record. Point your Second Blog domain to an IP address used by First Blog.
- Check all plugins, blog settings, and permalink.
I don’t know whether it’s an easy process or not, but here I want to show you that WordPress 3.0 Multi-Site feature can be useful. If you’re still comfortable to manage multiple blog installations, you don’t need to use this method.
It’s not a problem-free solution, of course. And it might be tricky sometimes. For example, about the plugin activation. Which plugins should be installed ‘globally’ or ‘locally’. Some plugins might work without any modifications. Here, I still have a plugin that does not work on my Second Blog. It works well on my primary blog, but not on the secondary. So far, I’m happy with the result.
After upgrading my blog using WordPress 3.0, I was thinking of taking the opportunity to have the multi-site option. Previously, I played with WordPress Multi User. So, I think it would something I’m familiar with. If you’re not familiar with WordPress 3.0 features, you can check WordPress Codex first. You can find lots of useful information there. It’s a good place to start.
Currently, this blog is already using Multi-Site feature. The setup was easy, but I want to share few things I had during the ‘migration’. By default, this feature is disabled. So, you will see no settings/option under your WordPress Dashboard menus. If you’re ready to enable this feature, the first thing you need to do is to modify WordPress configuration file (
wp-config.php). Add this line of code into