Okay, so I’m attempting to set up a WordPress multisite installation for my family to use, replacing numerous standalone blogs (each on their own domain) with one codebase that I can manage for everyone.
We’re on Dreamhost hosting, and we want to keep the domains for each site that we already have.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem possible, and I guess I’m just looking for confirmation one way or another.
Setting up everything in WordPress is easy enough. I set [example.com/blog1]) to [exampleblog1.com]) in the manage site settings, ready for domain mapping.
However, here’s where things get tricky: If I point [exampleblog1.com](https://exampleblog1.com)’s hosting to [example.com](https://example.com)’s files, I end up with an infinite redirect loop (if I change [exampleblog.com](https://exampleblog.com)’s address back to the subdirectory, then the main network site loads fine, but the URL is changed to [example.com](https://example.com)).
If I park [exampleblog.com](https://exampleblog.com)’s domain, then it just continually gives a “coming soon on Dreamhost” message, with seemingly no way to point it at the domain.
And finally, if I mirror [example.com]) on [exampleblog.com]), I get an SSL error and the site will not load.
I’m assuming domain mapping is such an “advanced” feature that I’ll not only need nicer (VPS or dedicated) hosting but also a multi-site SSL cert, which seem to cost hundreds of dollars per year.
Has anyone gotten domain mapping for multisite working in a hobbyist-friendly way (i.e., dirt cheap or free)?