Remove Blog Slug from WordPress Multisite without Plugin

There’s no need for plugins or complicated solutions to remove the /blog/ slug from the WordPress post permalink URL structure created by WP Multisite.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to quickly fix your permalinks.

WordPress Multiside Blog Slug Removal

When enabling WordPress Multisite; all post URLs turn into this format:

http://www.webhostwhat.com/blog/2017/08/01/remove-blog-slug-from-wordpress-multisite-without-plugin/

By default it’s not possible to change the “blog” part by going to the permalink settings of your blog — causing a lot of confusion online.

Here’s how to remove the “blog” slug & change to whatever format:

Step 1. Navigate to WordPress dashboard.

WordPress Network Admin Sites

Step 2. Navigate to My Sites –> Network Admin –> Sites

Step 3. Choose to Edit the main site

WordPress Edit Site Settings

Step 4. Navigate to Settings of the site

WordPress Network Admin Permalink Structure

Step 5. Look for the Permalink Structure setting; and change this:

/blog/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/

to this for example:

/%postname%/

Important! Keep reading this is not everything.

WordPress Save Permalink Structure Changes

Step 6. Once Permalink Structure is satisfactory; Save Changes

WordPress 404 Error

Step 7. When you try to open posts on your WordPress blog; you will get a “404 Page Not Found” error — don’t worry everything going to plan!

WordPress Dashboard

Step 8. Go back to the Dashboard of the main site with broken posts.

WordPress Permalinks Custom Structure

Step 9. Navigate to Permalinks under Settings & don’t do anything

You are done — 404 error is fixed and blog slug is gone; Enjoy!

Seriously. Just visiting the permalinks settings page will fix everything — this is a working method; tried and tested on this website with WordPress 4.8 in 2017.

I Hope you enjoyed this little easy guide on removing the blog slug from post URLs for WordPress without a plugin; when using Multisite.

Comments welcome!

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