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I am trying to use the full domain instead of subdomains for a multi-network WordPress site.

When I check the WordPress documentation, I find the following:

Make sure all the domains you want to use are already mapped to your DNS server. The additional domains should be parked upon the master domain.

What does it mean? How can I do it?

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Just as for the main/primary domain on your account, you need to configure any additional domains to point to your server. You can do this by either setting NAMESERVERS at your domain registrar to point to your hosts DNS (or whoever's DNS servers you are using). Or, set an A record in the current master DNS records for the additional domain (which maybe at your domain registrar) to point to your application server. By changing the domain's NAMESERVERS to your hosts DNS then your host will manage the appropriate A records for you (when you configure "Alias" or "Addon" domains in cPanel - next step).

You must then configure your web host to accept requests to this additional domain. In cPanel you do this by creating an "Addon" domain or a Domain "Alias" (formerly called a "Parked" domain). If configuring WordPress multisite then you probably want to create a Domain "Alias", which simply maps the additional domain to the root of your account - essentially mirroring the main domain (WordPress then controls which site to display for the requested domain). An "Addon" domain generally points to a subdirectory (or rather, a subdomain) off your main account - which is more appropriate for creating entirely separate sites.

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  • Thanks for the great answer. I just didn't answer the following part. "_If configuring WordPress multisite then you probably want to create a Domain "Alias", which simply maps the additional domain to the root of your account - essentially mirroring the main domain (WordPress then controls which site to display for the requested domain _" Commented Jul 12, 2018 at 11:24
  • Sorry, I'm not sure that I follow... are you saying that that was really the only thing that was missing from your understanding?
    – MrWhite
    Commented Jul 12, 2018 at 12:43
  • Yes. What I understood was I need to add all domains as add-on domains in cPanel and all domains should be set to the root(I setup mutisite in root.) I didn't understand that create a Domain "Alias" part. Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 3:17

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