Implementing WordPress Multisite

Multisite Denouement

It’s now October and I am looking back on the entire multisite process. Once I cracked the code and documented the conversion process, it took me only 5-10 minutes per site to bring the site up. I got everything done by the end of August and started the conversation with MKP about the final phase: converting the existing sites to use the new features. I had lots on my plate in September so I didn’t push this, but it wound up pushing back just yesterday. (more…)

Multisite Day #20 – Perseverance Pays Off

I’ts kind of weird how I can hit a wall, get totally stuck, reach out for help and in the moment that the help arrives, I see the problem. That was what happened today. I used another 1/2 hour from a consultant I paid for two months ago and as soon as he got on line, I spotted the problem with my configuration. A quick fix and the site stopped looping and came up just fine. But the next step is still problematic… (more…)

Multisite Day #18 & 19


I got a clue about the looping from our ISP. He told me to use the Chrome debugging tools (which I use all the time) and watch the network panel. I did and he was right. I could see that a particular page was looping, so I started dropping trace statements into the code. It wasn’t pretty but it got me to the point where I could pin down exactly where the problem lay. Unfortunately I could not inspect any variables. All I could do is write values into the log.

I did all this on Monday night after a long day, so once I had pinned down where the problem lay, I put it to rest for the night.


I walked through the code on my desktop and tightened up the diagnostics on my local version, but I couldn’t duplicate the problem. My local code went into Multisite just fine. But I did have instrumented code to work with. Until the shit hit the fan again. (more…)

Multisite Day #17 – Here we go loop-de-loop

Donna and I were driving to Fairhaven to meet my brother and his wife. They were thinking about moving to Bellingham. I was thinking about Boysen’s clue that it was Thesis 185 again. I had looked at the diagnostic logs generated by my RHJ4 Diagnostics plugin and suddenly the dots connected. (more…)

Multisite Day #16 – Killed It Again!

Multisite Day #16 – Killed It Again!

I was committed to getting the main site working under the Thesis 185 theme and with multisite.The main site ( had been running on an old version, Thesis 181, and it was time to bite the bullet and convert it to 185. The last time I tried this, it killed the site. This time was going to be better. Or maybe not. (more…)