Internet, Networking, & Security Web Development Create a New Site on Your WordPress Network It's as easy as a few clicks By Bill Powell Freelance Contributor Former Lifewire writer Bill Powell is also an editor and web developer with over 10 years of professional experience. our editorial process Twitter Bill Powell Updated June 24, 2019 WordPress Web Development CSS & HTML Web Design SQL Tweet Share Email So, you've set up a WordPress network and you're ready to start adding new sites. Without a network, you'd have to install a separate database and code folder for each site. Hard. With a network, each new site is (almost) as easy as a few clicks. Let's have a look. Have a WordPress 'Network' This whole article is about setting up a new WordPress site on a "WordPress network". If you haven't already installed a WordPress site and configured it as a WordPress network, go do that first. If you don't make a network first, none of this will make sense. You can't create new sites like this on a default WordPress install. The Easy Part: Create the New Site Creating a new site is very easy. Log in as usual, and, on the top bar, click My Sites > Network Admin. This will take you to the network dashboard (you're in "network mode"). It's a very simple screen. Almost the first link is Create a New Site. Click it. The next screen is titled "Add New Site". You have three boxes: Site AddressSite TitleAdmin Email "Site Title" and "Admin Email" are easy enough. The "Site Title" will appear as the title on your new site. The "Admin Email" links the site to a user, so someone can actually log in and run the site. You can enter an email for an existing user, or else enter a new email address that isn't already on this site. A new email will make WordPress create a new user, and send login instructions to that user. Site Address: Where's My New Site? The tricky part is "Site Address". Let's say your current site is (as always) example.com. You probably want to make a new site with an entirely different domain name. For instance: pineapplesrule.com But WordPress doesn't seem to let you do that. The Site Address box already includes the "main" site's domain address. What's going on here?Site Address For instance, you could type in: pineapples Then, your new site would be at: http://example.com/pineapples/ We know, we know, you wanted it at pineapplesrule.com. If it doesn't seem like a separate site, this whole "network" thing is useless, right? Don't worry. We'll get there. This is a "path", not a directory. If you FTP in and browse the files for this website, you won't find pineapples anywhere. Manage Your New Site After you click Add Site the site is made. You get a short, anti-climactic message at the top that gives you a couple of administration links for the new site. As far as WordPress is concerned, your new site is ready to go. It's already live. You can see the new site at (in our case): http://example.com/pineapples/ Also, if you go to My Sites on the top bar, your new site is now on this menu. Point Your New Domain to Your New WordPress Site You've got to admit, that's pretty impressive. You just spun up a whole new WordPress site in a couple of minutes. It can have its own theme, plugins, users, the works. (If you haven't already done so, you'll want to read about activating themes and plugins on individual sites.) The new site is not very exciting if it doesn't have a separate domain. Fortunately, there's a solution: the WordPress MU Domain Mapping plugin.