Skip to content

Add a network site

A WordPress multisite network is a collection of sites that all share the same WordPress installation core files. They can also share plugins and themes. The individual sites in the network have separate directories for media uploads within the shared installation, and separate tables in the database.


To add, remove, or edit settings for network sites in the network-level Sites screen, a user must have a WordPress Super Admin role on that environment.

To add a new network site to a WordPress multisite environment:

  • Navigate to the Network Admin Sites Screen in the WordPress Network Admin dashboard: My Sites > Network Admin > Sites
  • Select the button labeled “Add New” and follow the WordPress prompts to provide the necessary details to create the new site.

When a new network site is added it is automatically connected to Jetpack and Akismet.

Users with access to an application’s VIP Dashboard can review a list of the network sites that exist on an environment in the Network Sites panel.

Site Address (URL) values for a new network site

When a network site is created, the Site Address (URL) value must be a subdirectory of the domain that is assigned to the main site (ID 1).

While the Site Address (URL) for the main site (ID 1) is the convenience domain, network sites can only be added with a Site Address (URL) that is a subdirectory of the convenience domain.

For example:

If the main site was launched with the custom domain, a new network site can be added with the Site Address (URL)

The Site Address (URL) for a network site can later be updated to a different value (domain, subdomain, or subdirectory) by using the Network Sites launch tool or by following the steps to manually launch a site on a multisite.

Last updated: January 04, 2024

Relevant to

  • WordPress