Can't access 2nd site (sub) dashboard of Wordpress Multisite

I can’t access the dashboard of the second site. When I go to the second site, I only see the HTML page without the style (css).

When I try to access the dashboard, I get this message from the browser: “The page isn’t redirecting properly”.

Subsite set-up


RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]

# add a trailing slash to /wp-admin
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$ $1wp-admin/ [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ - [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $2 [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$ $2 [L]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]


/* Multisite */
define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );
define('MULTISITE', true);
define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', false);
define('DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE', '');
define('PATH_CURRENT_SITE', '/');
define('SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);
define('BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);

I had the same issue. I’m using Xampp locally so I could test and build multiple sites. After hours of research and frustration, apparently in my wp-config i had to change /** MySQL hostname */ define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);


/** MySQL hostname */ define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘’);

which is the loopback address on my server. localhost is a directory file not a domain so multisite kept trying to create sites to the same file directory. Good luck, hope this helps.

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Following changes to .htaccess and .wp-config files (and server refresh) didn’t fix the issue:


RewriteBase /wp/


define('PATH_CURRENT_SITE', '/wp/');

Also, adding the following lines of code to .wp-config:

define('ADMIN_COOKIE_PATH', '/');
define('COOKIE_DOMAIN', '');
define('COOKIEPATH', '');
define('SITECOOKIEPATH', '');