Remove blog slug from multisite installations

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WordPress has this wonderful feature that allows you to create an endless number of websites from a single installation of the software. It’s known as multisite, or a network installation, and setting it up is relatively easy.

This network will always be based on the very first website you create, each subsequent site becoming an offshoot. By default, once converted into a network, WordPress adds the slug “/blog” to all posts within the site. So if previously a post on your site resided at www.mysite.com/post-about-cool-stuff, the new URL would become www.mysite.com/blog/post-about-cool-stuff.

Maybe that works for you.

Personally I’m in the habit of suppressing that slug, either because it’s extra baggage I don’t feel the site needs, or because there are already well-established URLs for which I don’t want to have to create redirects.

In the past I used plugins, but recently decided to look around to see if I could find anything new on the question. Low and behold I stumbled on this thread and this one on the forums that pointed me to a simple solution.

All it takes to remove the blog slug from your main site is to update the site’s permalink settings from the network dashboard, deleting /%blog%/ from the slug, and leaving only the variables that interest you.

I did find in one case that it was more than a one-step operation (possibly because I had deactivated my plugin and needed to flush the permalinks). My first go didn’t take so I:

  1. Changed the network permalink settings to something different for main site and saved.
  2. Returned to site’s permalink settings and reset to desired.
  3. Went back to network settings and deleted /%blog%/, leaving only the desired slugs.
  4. Worked!

This is not a new way to do things, just new information for ME since I initially looked into it many, many moons ago. This post will be my reminder for the next time I create a network set up, and hopefully will be useful to some of you out there too. Why use a plugin when you don’t have to?

Had a different experience? Got better explanations? Please share!

Jenny Beaumont

Jenny Beaumont is an Agile Coach and the Director of Delivery at Human Made, makers of Altis DXP. She speaks at conferences around the world (ok, these days only on zoom), and is a former lead organizer of WordCamp Paris and WordCamp Europe.

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