Make an ssh connection in to your Bitnami server installation. I’m using AWS, and they had instructions for me to get the password / ssh private key.
While logged in to the ssh session, execute the Bitnami configuration script that assigns a domain name to your WordPress multisite server.
sudo ./bnconfig --machine_hostname your-domain-name-here.tld
sudo mv bnconfig bnconfig.disabled
First, we changed to the directory with the bnconfig script. Then we ran it, with the machine_hostname option. (I wanted to put a dash in there, between machine and hostname, but it’s an underscore). Lastly, we moved the bnconfig script out of the way. This is because if the server rebooted, and bnconfig did run, it would be as if it ran bnconfig –machine_hostname your-ip-address-here.xip.io
xip.io is a Bitnami thing, I guess.
Hopefully, you already have the domain name, and have pointed it at the static IP address of your server.
On to configuring WordPress the familiar way: point your favorite browser at the ip address and go to
This redirected me, but really it was the same as going to
Log in as
user with the password from bitnami_application_password
Upon logging in, the administration page looks almost the same as a regular WordPress installation. However, in the upper left corner, there is now a menu named “My Sites”. Hanging off of it is “Network Admin”
Hanging off of “Network Admin” are a whole bunch more sub-menu items, but I’m going to ignore those for the moment.
Clicking on “Network Admin” actually takes me to the first sub-menu item: “Dashboard”
And here, I had made my life more complicated. I’m actually trying to move this site, gerisch.org to the multisite, under the same domain name. Tell me “good luck with that.” Part of the multisite login process is to redirect to the domain name – which is the production server on some other IP address.
I’m going to have to go into DNS, and point the gerisch.org at the multisite IP address, before I can successfully log in (and remain logged in) to the multisite server still being set up.
Of course, I’m going to have to export this (the production site) to a file, for importing later, prior to taking it’s presence off teh interwebs.
And I don’t know if there is going to be any weird http://
www.gerisch.org versus http://gerisch.org versus https://
Yeah, “stuff” in the databases that will need to be cleaned out during export, for import later.