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WordPress Multisite Managing AIOWPS Plugin Single Site helps you understand and setup the plugin in a single network site.

Last Updated: July 25, 2018

Latest News: I have updated the information below.

The following instructions will show you how to set up AIOWPS in a single Network site. You will learn the different features available in a single site “Not the main network site” and how to configure the features correctly in a single sub site.

Information: The aiowps code identifies a site as being primary if the blog ID equals to 1 in a multi-site install.

Note: Remember that some features have also been removed from a few tabs in the plugin admin menu tabs.

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WordPress Multisite Managing AIOWPS Plugin Single Site

Step 1 ) The following images shows you All In One WP Security & Firewall menu setup from the multisite admin page and a network single site.

Network Admin Site

The following menu allows you to manage and set up the following tabs. Some tabs have a total number next to them. This number is added to the total after you have completed and saved your settings. The total will show up in your Dashboard Security Strength Meter. The maximum total count in the meter is 505 points.

  1. Dashboard
  2. Settings = 5 points
  3. User Accounts = 20 points
  4. User Login = 25 points
  5. User Registration = 50 points
  6. Database Security = 30 points
  7. Filesystem Security = 40 points
  8. WHOIS lookup
  9. Blacklist Manager = 15 points
  10. Firewall = 135 points
  11. Brute Force = 125 points
  12. Spam Prevention = 30 + 10 more when BuddyPress is installed and activated.
  13. Scanner = 20 points
  14. Maintenance
  15. Miscellaneous


Network Single Site

  1. Dashboard
  2. Settings
  3. User Accounts
  4. User Login
  5. User Registration = This feature can only be set up in the main admin site.
  6. Database Security = The following feature DB Prefix is not included in the sub site.
  7. WHOIS lookup
  8. Brute Force = The following features are not included in the sub siteCookie Based Brute Force Prevention, Login Whitelist and Honeypot
  9. Spam Prevention
  10. Maintenance
  11. Miscellaneous


From the two lists above you can see the difference between the network main admin site and the admin from the sub site. You can see what’s included in the network admin site and single sub site.

The following list of features are not included in the network single site because they write to the .htaccess file. The .htaccess file is managed only by the network admin main site. This rule applies to all plugins that are installed in a multisite network.

AIOWPS Features Only Included In The Network Admin Site

  1. Filesystem Security
  2. Blacklist Manager
  3. Firewall
  4. Scanner

Configure Brute Force Single Network Site

Lets look at how to set up the Brute Force Rename Login Page feature in a single network site. Remember if you need to know what a sub site URL looks like, check Step 2 ) in the following URL Adding Sites Locally WordPress Multisite.

Note: Some of the Brute Force features have been removed from the Single Network Site because of the writing rules mentioned above.

Brute Force Features Missing From Single Network Site

  • Cookie Based Brute Force Prevention
  • Login Whitelist
  • Honeypot

Step 2 ) Once you are in the sub site admin panel dashboard, go to WP Security -> Brute Force -> Rename Login Page to set up this feature. The following shows you the options you can set up.

  • Enable Rename Login Page Feature:
  • Login Page URL:
  • Click on Save Settings button once you have completed the set up.


After you have set up the Rename Login Page secret word the login URL will be different. The following URL shows you the single network site network-test-1 plus the secret word 123456.


This means that the following will not work any more.

  • [http://localhost/wpmu/network-test-1/wp-admin.php/]
  • [http://localhost/wpmu/network-test-1/wp-login.php/]

Rename Login Page Test

Step 3 ) In this step you will test to see if Rename Login Page works correctly. When you go to the browser and enter the normal login path with wp-admin or wp-login you should see the following error message as illustrated in the following image. If you don’t then there is something wrong.

Browser Login Error Message

  • WordPress > Error = This browser tab is showing you that the following URL has produced an error. This means that it is working.
  • Not available = It is obvious that nothing should be displayed since you landed in a page that in theory does not exist any more. This also lets you know that the set up is working correctly.


To test to see if the security feature is working correctly, view the webpage source code via the browser.

The following HTML tags are displayed when you view the source code. There is a few more HTML code, some CSS and a little header also in the source code but that is all. This tells you that the security feature is working correctly.

<body id=”error-page”>
<p>Not available.</p></body>

The above instructions points out how this security feature works in a single network site. I highly recommend you to enable this feature in all your sub-sites.

If you have any questions please let me know.


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Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  2 Responses to “WordPress Multisite Managing AIOWPS Plugin Single Site”

  1. Dear Manuel,

    Thank you for the above explanation.
    I am encountering an issue when trying to activate the plugin on my multisite.
    It is giving me an 404 and I am not sure how to fix this.

    Do you perhaps know how this can be solved?

    Thank you very much.


    • Hi Marvin, a 404 error message is when a page is not found. It is very odd that you are receiving such a message when you are activating the plugin. Do you know what page or file the 404 error message is referring too? Also carry out the following. Delete the plugin, and download and install a fresh copy. Let me know what happens.


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