Multisite Subfolder && Subdomain Problems

I’ve set up two test projects.

The first as a subdirectory multisite and the second as a subdomain multisite.

The subdirectory test:

  • create multisite project :heavy_check_mark:
  • access site :heavy_check_mark:
  • log into wp-admin :heavy_check_mark:
  • add new site :heavy_check_mark:
  • access new subdirectory site :no_entry_sign:

The problem is the colon gets stripped out of the url:

The subdomain test:

  • create multisite project :heavy_check_mark:
  • access site :heavy_check_mark:
  • log into wp-admin :no_entry_sign:

The admin login is in an endless redirect loop. The login throws no error, appears to submit, but redirects right back to the login page. :confounded:

I’m at a complete loss, and none of the other multisite posts seem to mention any of the issues I’m having. Can anyone help? I really want to use Local exclusively, but it’s been such a time sink so far.

Is there anyone that has actual experience in creating a WP multisite instance with either subdomains or subdirectories? Have you run into either of the issues I posted above? What did you do? How did you do it?
I imagine it’s not an often utilized feature, but (at least in my head) the positives appear to outweigh the negatives.

Yes I’m seeing the exact same thing, It looks like you can’t log into newly created multisite subdomain sites at all.

For multisite subdirectory sites the colon is stripped out with the port number and I find myself having to add it back to access the admin for the subdirectory sites.

Wordpress 5.5 is relatively new, maybe thats the issue?

One thing you can do in the multisite subdirectory case is go to the child sites and under the “settings” tab you can add the port number in, and it lets some of the functionality work again.
under the “info” tab it always takes the port number back out however.


Subdomain still isnt working however.

In general I can’t assign a different theme to my subdirectory sites, every time I change themes the change is applied globally, unsure if this is related or not.

How has anyone from Local not addressed this. Pretty elementary need for WordPress developers to have fullfilled. Works with Valet and VVV, after all…

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