finding help with – WordPress multisite mapping issues and/or domain issues

I’ve started feeling like helping anyone in a public forum, such as Quora or the WordPress support forums, with WordPress multisite mapping issues and/or domain issues where I’m not given the domains is just too much like trying to build a ship in a bottle… Just way too much you can’t see or can’t touch because the bottle glass is in the way or distorting the view.

I understand that many people don’t want to expose their domain names but there are way too many variables starting with the domain name registration. I’ve had people tell me of their chosen domain name to find they misspelled it, plan to buy it in the future, and/or it’s not available for one of many reasons.

I’ve had them tell me WordPress keeps answering with a 404 error no matter what they do just to discover the error page is some custom page their host, their control panel, their CDN, or else their Proxy service gives out in lieu of a proper error page.

I did look over the details you gave but that’s a poor second to watching a ‘success or failure’ on my own screen when I look on my own system. So read the many answers already offered for this subject across the Web and including this forum. Read the multitude of documents already available. If you can’t then figure it out ask again but give all the details you can give.

In your case, it may also be a cache issue… quick way to find out is to go to another PC, laptop, or notebook even and type in the domain… that’s exactly what I would have done from here if I’d been given your domain name… and I’d probably have drilled down further into the issue if that would not have worked.

Please also remember that the WordPress moderation team doesn’t redact domain information on their forums after the fact… If you really don’t want to expose your domain names publically then hire someone who can (WILL) sign an NDA or won’t expose your information unnecessarily.

PS. If you really need my attention specifically then Quora gives me a bit more options up to and including personal contact via email or phone even. https://www.quora.com/profile/Jeff-Hawkins-1

My thoughts on WordPress and SEO

Someone on Quora keeps asking me questions about SEO…

I don’t know much of anything about SEO… The only thing I can say about SEO on WordPress is ‘Yoast‘ and a reminder that ‘Content is King’! Seems most of the people asking SEO questions don’t know diddly about either of those.

When pressed further I’ll usually mention running the Broken Link Checker and the Trash Duplicates and 301 Redirect Generator. Trash Duplicates is kind of cool for its really handy 301 redirect generator. Duplicate Posts are not really cool… especially if there are comments enabled… you’ll wind up with dual comment threads if you have duplicate posts.

Do run the Trach Duplicates plugin and do let it fix your 301 redirects as it deletes those duplicates.

So, if you agree that ‘Content is King’ on a WordPress based (or any) web site, then getting that content exposed to the public would be the bailiwick of your RSS/Atom feeds and the sitemaps. WordPress has built-in support for RSS and Atom feeds or Syndication.

Yoast SEO has a very well behaved Sitemap generator.

Sitemaps are for the robots among us, those robotic search engines and web crawlers consume sitemaps and return links. But there a secondary Sitemap you should consider. Most people put a good bit of work into their main menu… they should! But I like to run a very intensive textual menu in my footers with an HTML sitemap embedded in it.

This is the plugin I’ve used most recently https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-sitemap-page/ as it has a shortcode that can be embedded in the site’s footer. That’s where I like the HTML sitemap… right there where it’s useful for the reader seeking more info after devouring a page or post on your site.