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WordPress Multisite

  1. WordPress Multisite Brad Williams @williamsba
  2. Who Am I?Brad WilliamsCo-Founder of WebDevStudios.comCo-Organizer WordCamp Philly & Philly WordPress MeetupCo-Author of Professional WordPress (http://bit.ly/pro-wp)& Professional WordPress Plugin Development (http://amzn.to/plugindevbook) Slides available at: http://www.slideshare.net/williamsba
  3. Bootcamp Brad circa ‘99 @ MCRD
  4. Topics What is Multisite? Enabling and Configuring Multisite Multisite Network Admin Working with Users in a Network Understanding Plugins and Themes Recommended Plugins Examples of Multisite Networks Multisite Resources
  5. What is Multisite?
  6. What is Multisite?WordPress Multisite enables you to create multipleWordPress websites with asingle install of WordPress
  7. Advantages to using Multisite• Create unlimited sites in a single install of WordPress• Share themes, plugins, and users• Upgrade once upgrade everything• Run as subdomains, subdirectories, or top- level domains
  8. Advantages to using MultisiteTwo important resources to read prior to enabling andconfiguring Multisite:http://codex.wordpress.org/Before_You_Create_A_Networkhttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  9. Types of Networks Domain Based •example.com •brad.example.com •zombies.example.com Path Based •example.com •example.com/brad •example.com/zombies
  10. Types of Networkswith Domain Mapping Domain Based •example.com •brad.com (mapped) •zombies.example.com Path Based •example.com •brad.com (mapped) •example.com/zombies
  11. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Step 1: Add the below code to wp-config.php: define(WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE, true);
  12. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Step 1: Tools > Network Setup is now availablehttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  13. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Plugins MUST be disabled to configure Multisitehttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  14. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Plugins MUST be disabled to configure Multisitehttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  15. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Q: Why am I forced to use subdomains on older WordPress installs? A: Sites older than 30-days will see this warning. The reason is subfolders in Multisite could conflict with page URLs that already exist. Also /blog is added to the main website’s blog permalink structure, which could cause existing blog posts to 404http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  16. Enabling and Configuring Multisitehttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  17. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Step 2: Create a blogs.dir directory at /wp-content/blogs.dirhttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  18. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Step 3: Add the code provided to your wp-config.php file This code may be different depending on your Multisite configurationhttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  19. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Step 4: Add the code provided to your .htaccess file 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] Replace the default WordPress .htaccess ruleshttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  20. Enabling and Configuring Multisite Step 5: Refresh and Pray! WordPress will force you to login againhttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  21. Enabling and Configuring Multisite New Network Menu will appear in your WordPress Admin bar Hovering will show Network Admin and all sites in the network you are a member ofhttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  22. Enabling and Configuring Multisitehttp://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
  23. Multisite Network AdminAdministration section for network sites and settings Located at http://example.com/wp-admin/network/
  24. Multisite Network AdminSites menu allows you to view, modify, and create new sites in your network Located at http://example.com/wp-admin/network/
  25. Multisite Network Admin To create a new site visit Sites > Add NewIf using subdomains you need to verify the subdomain is setup on your host topoint to the root directory for WordPress.If your host allows DNS Wildcard A records you can assign *.example.com to pointto WordPress, so all new sites will work automatically.
  26. Working with Users in a Network Multisite adds a new user role: SUPER ADMIN!
  27. Working with Users in a Network Super Admins Can: •Manage Network •Manage Sites •Manage Network Users •Manage Network Themes and Plugins •Manage Network OptionsTL;DR: Super Admins can do everything! http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities
  28. Working with Users in a Network Edit any user and enable the Super Admin option
  29. Understanding Themes in a Network Themes must be Network Enabled for use in your Multisite network
  30. Understanding Themes in a NetworkIf a theme is not Network Enabled the theme will not be available to use on sites in your network Site Administrators can NOT install themes in a Multisite network by default
  31. Understanding Plugins in a Network Plugins can be Network Enabled for use in your Multisite network Or Plugins can be selectively enabled per site in your network
  32. Understanding Plugins in a Network By default the Plugins menu is hidden to Site AdminsTo enable the Plugins menu visit Settings in the Network Admin and check “Enable administration menus” Site Administrators can NOT install themes in a Multisite network by default
  33. Multisite Isn’t Scary, Right?!
  34. Multisite Examples Site: Baja.com
  35. Multisite Examples Site: Baja.comEach site in the network is a “region” of Baja California
  36. Multisite Examples Site: Baja.com Each site features its own content related to that regionAll content isaggregated toBaja.com
  37. Multisite Examples Site: AwayToGarden.com Two sites in her Multisite NetworkAwaytoGarden.com AwayToGarden.com/book
  38. Recommended Multisite Plugins Domain Mapping• Map a top-level domain (example.com) to any site in your network• Allow site admins control over mapped domains http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/
  39. Recommended Multisite Plugins Sitewide Tags• Creates a /tags site in your network• All posts created on your site are copied to the /tags site• Makes aggregating content in Multisite very easy! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/
  40. Recommended Multisite Plugins New Blog Defaults• Set defaults used for all new sites created in your network• Can delete default content like Hello World post, comment, etc• Can auto-add users to all new sites created by ID http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpmu-new-blog-defaults/
  41. Recommended Multisite Plugins WP Multisite Replicator• Duplicates a site to a new site in your network• Copies widgets, theme, and plugin settings• Copies all content http://wpebooks.com/replicator/
  42. Recommended Multisite Plugins Networks+• Can create a network of networks• Nested subdomains and top-level domains with their own child sites http://wpebooks.com/networks/
  43. Recommended Multisite Plugins WP Multisite Replicator http://wpebooks.com/networks/
  44. Multisite Resources Official Resources › WordPress Core! › http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network › http://wordpress.org/support/forum/multisite › http://codex.wordpress.org/Debugging_a_WordPress_Network › http://codex.wordpress.org/Migrating_Multiple_Blogs_into_Word Press_3.0_Multisite Multisite Websites & Articles › http://wpebooks.com/ › http://wpcandy.com/presents/an-introduction-to-wordpress- multisite › http://wpmututorials.com/ › http://wpmu.org/
  45. ContactBrad Williamsbrad@webdevstudios.comBlog: strangework.comTwitter: @williamsbaIRC: WDS-Brad http://www.slideshare.net/williamsba
  46. Win a copy of Professional WordPress Plugin Development!Tweet: @williamsba WordPress Multisite is NOT scary! #wcsd

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