WordPress Multisite at WordCamp Columbus by Angie Meeker


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WordPress Multisite at WordCamp Columbus by Angie Meeker

  1. 1. WORDPRESS MULTISITE/ Creating a network of websites from one WordPress installation that shares themes, plugins and users… NETWORK* *This session comes with a 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t like it, Andrea Rennick (@andrea_r) will give you your money back.**@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com **She may or may not be aware of this.
  2. 2. Why usemultisite? •To create an unlimited number of sites with one WordPress installation •To share users, themes and plugins across those sites •To manage those sites within one Dashboard@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  3. 3. Examples of multisite BEST BUY in the wild http://stores.bestbuy.com/527/ BOWLING GREEN https://blogs.bgsu.edu/ YOUR CRIME SITE http://www.yourcrimesite.com@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  4. 4. BEFORE YOU START…Decide on yourformat Your child sites will either use subdomains: www.subdomain.yourdomain.com or folders (also called subdirectories or paths) www.yourdomain.com/folder If you want to use subdomains (which I do), your host must support the use of wildcard subdomains. *.yourdomain.com And, you’ll need to add a wildcard subdomain pointing to the folder of your installation.@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com If they don’t, you have to use folders.
  5. 5. BEFORE YOU START…get permission You’ll need to make edits to your wp-config and htaccess files, so be sure you can both see them and edit them. These are two single files located in the root of your WordPress installation.@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  6. 6. Backup.* *Really. Do it.@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  7. 7. Multisite is like your wife. She’s already in bed, you just have to turn her on. define(WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE, true); in wp-config.php before /* Thats all stop editing */@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  8. 8. LOG BACK IN. EXPAND TOOLS. CLICK ON “Network Setup”@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  9. 9. @angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  10. 10. @angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  11. 11. paste into your wp-config.php right under the other stuff: define( MULTISITE, true ); define( SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL, true ); $base = /; //define( DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE, example.com ); //define( PATH_CURRENT_SITE, / ); //define( SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE, 1 ); //define( BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE, 1 );@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  12. 12. REPLACE YOUR CURRENT .HTACCESS: RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index.php$ - [L] # uploaded files RewriteRule ^files/(.+) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$1 [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d RewriteRule ^ - [L] RewriteRule . index.php [L]@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  13. 13. Add Two folders to wp-content: BLOGS.DIR MU-PLUGINS@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  14. 14. Log back in. That’s it! You’re all Multisite’d up.@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  15. 15. @angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  16. 16. Multsite User Roles • Super Admins: Can do everything across the entire network • Administrators: Masters of their own…websites, but can’t install themes or plugins. If Super Admins give them the option, they may be able to activate existing plugins and choose from given themes. • Subscribers: All users are automatically added as subscribers to the parent site.@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  17. 17. LET’S VISIT A MULTISITE LIVE: WWW.YOURCRIMESITE.COM@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  18. 18. RECOMMENDED PLUGINS… WordPress MU Domain Mapping http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/ (to give your child sites their own top-level domain) WordPress MU Sitewide Tags Pages http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/ (to start the process of aggregating content to the parent site from within the network) WP MultiSite Replicator http://wpebooks.com/replicator/ (to quickly replicate an existing, perhaps default, site within the network)@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com
  19. 19. TO LEARN MORE… http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network http://wpebooks.com/ @andrea_r  taught me everything I know about Multisite Coming Soon: www.membershipgameplan.com (On using Multisite, s2Member & BuddyPress) This Presentation: http://slidesha.re/LZT6T3@angiemeeker | AngieMeekerDesigns.com | MyNameIsAngie.com