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Multisite Removal (BuddyPress on Network)

  • Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    Hi!

    I want to remove/disable multiste and revert back to single WordPress installation. I had few support discussions 4 months back and tried almost everything but nothing worked out (the support discussion links are given below).

    While explaining things, I forgot to mention something which I think is really important and may lead to a resolution. All my plugins are network activated even BuddyPress is network activated. I only have 1 website and I think ideally I should have activated plugings and BuddyPress from the website dashboard and not from the network dashboard.

    If my above theory is correct (?) can I now disable all my plugings including BuddyPress from network dashboard and activate from website dashboard and then remove multisite?

    I don’t want to lose my website in any case my website is active and running. My users are active on my website and I cant afford to keep the site off/down.

    Installation Summary
    WordPress 3.5
    BuddyPress 1.6.2
    Website URL : http://goo.gl/U5VRE

    Support discussion links :

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/disabling-multisite-db-error

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-better-wp-security-data-base-error-disabling-multisite

    Thank you for the help

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  • Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @mairaj the instructions in those threads are pretty much the same way I converted a multisite installation back to single WP. Just to add between the lines of instructions already given:

    1. Backup Database and server files.
    2. If you created a subsite or more and posted some content already, export XML of that subsite and then delete the subsite/s from Network Admin Sites.
    3. Deactivate all plugins and change to Twenty Twelve theme.
    4. Then open up wp-config.php and remove the multisite lines already posted in wpmututorials and other support threads

    Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    Hello @mercime

    Thank you for your reply.

    Deactivate all plugins and change to Twenty Twelve theme. (Deactivate all, including buddypress?).

    My members are registered on the network, once multisite is removed will my members still be their?

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @mairaj Yes, deactivate ALL plugins including BuddyPress. Btw, what are your WP/BP versions? How many subsites were created? By you or by members? Best time to do it is during your slow time. I usually post an announcement a day before I upgrade anything so members will be prepared for changes coming up. Depends on your relationship with your members.

    Removing multisite won’t remove any member from DB. As mentioned above, backup DB and server files. If anything goes wrong, you can always revert back to your old DB.

    Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    Hi @mercime ,
    My Installation is :
    WordPress : 3.5
    BuddyPress : 1.6.2
    I (myself) wanted to have my 5 websites in the multisite. 1 main site (BuddyPress) + 4 sub-sites Just WordPress (Not BuddyPress). I don’t offer sites to members.

    I have taken back up using Simple Backup. It backs up

    1. SQL which is fine approx 7 MB
    2. Server files 800 MB! I’m wondering if a backup becomes required how long it will take.

    Please advice if the above file size is normal?

    regards

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    I (myself) wanted to have my 5 websites in the multisite. 1 main site (BuddyPress) + 4 sub-sites Just WordPress (Not BuddyPress). I don’t offer sites to members.

     

    Then why didn’t you continue with that?, you don’t have to offer sites to members. Why did you try what is really ill advised once you have a production site running – unless you have  experience of these matters.

     

    The backup size is because that is a server backup, and I would guess being done in the same fashion as a control panel backups, including the zipped backup probably, is that a normal size? hard to say, it’s large but those types of backups often are being designed to restore  more than just your site.

     

    If I were you I would probably leave well enough alone and just disable anyone can regieter a site. and keep yours, if not then follow exactly the advice given on WP forum and by mercime.

     

     

    Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    Hello @hnla

    I have a Micro Business and I have total 5 websites all belong to this business only. I don’t posses any technical knowledge but WordPress / BuddyPress is simple enough that it allowed me create my websites.

    I thought keeping all my websites together will let me easily update and maintain them. However I discovered some issues while running BP and NON-BP sites together specially SEO compatibility.

    NOW, I have 2 separate installations :
    1. A MultiSite that has 4 websites all NON-BP [No issues here, all fine]
    2. A MultiSite that has only 1 website BuddyPress enabled and I want to disable/remove MS here.

    The problems that I’m facing are discussed here : http://wordpress.org/support/topic/disabling-multisite-db-error

    Kind regards

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @mairaj I suggest not including info about 5 subsites without any other explanation, otherwise I would have suggested the same thing as hnla if I did not see your most recent post.

    Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    Hello @mercime @hnla I started this thread more than a year ago and I have never been able to remove MultiSite from my website.

    By the guidance provided by @eisenwasser I have created a clone of my website on another hosting account elsewhere. This clone installation is 100% functioning like my original website and now I am ready to do all the experiments safely.

    I have followed again all the steps here – http://wpmututorials.com/how-to/how-to-disable-multisite/ and now see the following error message –

    Notice: wpdb::escape is deprecated since version 3.6! Use wpdb::prepare() or esc_sql() instead. in /public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2913
    
    No site defined on this host. If you are the owner of this site, please check Debugging a WordPress Network for help.

    I request you to kindly help me with the current situation so that I can successfully remove MultiSite from my website.

    Many thanks!

    Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    Voila! Just removed surise.php and its reference from wp-config.php and all is good now. Multiste gone and I have my site single and working.

    Thank you all very very much :)

    Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    Okay, so yes the website is working however new registrations are not going through. When I click ‘Complete Sign Up’ the registration page refreshes and comes back blank just with the heading ‘Create an Account’ no registration form on the page.

    No activation email sent, tried all basic possibilities, deactivated all plugins, just buddypress is active. Cannot do any registrations.

    Please help

    Avatar of mairaj
    mairaj
    Participant

    @mairaj

    I have narrowed down to the point that I can say editing following code breaks the registration.

    define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

    Whether I change ‘true’, to ‘false’ or remove the code or comment out the code, registration system breaks.

    Any ideas on this?
    Thank you.

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