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Getting off the farm

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WPMU is for more than just blog farms. Here I showcase a few different sites and how they use MU. See what's possible!

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Getting off the farm

  1. 1. Get off the Farm WordPress MU more than a blog farm
  2. 2. <ul><li>Who am I? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@andrea_r </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wpmututorials.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do I do? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build client sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Troubleshoot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write tutorials </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is WPMU? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic assumptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What it does best </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of out of the box implementations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://Homeschooljournal.net </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/ Blogs@Baruch </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The closed system </li></ul><ul><li>- invitation only </li></ul><ul><li>- admin-only blog creation </li></ul><ul><li>- development sites </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wanderlust and Lipstick <ul><li>http://wanderlustandlipstick.com </li></ul><ul><li>Closed signups </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated design </li></ul><ul><li>Visitors unaware of platform </li></ul>
  6. 9. Housing Storm <ul><li>http://housingstorm.com </li></ul><ul><li>Authors pay to blog </li></ul><ul><li>Similar design </li></ul><ul><li>Nested subdomains </li></ul>
  7. 13. QueerCents Directory <ul><li>Blogs are profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated, consistent look </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs grouped by topic </li></ul><ul><li>Can search by blog topic </li></ul>
  8. 18. Content Management <ul><li>Used to deliver content, not blog posts </li></ul><ul><li>Still WPMU </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs used as site sections </li></ul><ul><li>Why not single WP and categories? </li></ul>
  9. 19. Risk Info <ul><li>http://riskinfo.com.au </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance-related information </li></ul>
  10. 24. FanTech <ul><li>Corporate site </li></ul><ul><li>Currently still in dev </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate/Reisdential sections </li></ul><ul><li>Search by specs </li></ul><ul><li>Built on Thematic – child themes on blogs </li></ul>
  11. 30. Separate sites <ul><li>Multiple blogs, multiple sites </li></ul><ul><li>One install </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins </li></ul><ul><li>DNS magic </li></ul><ul><li>Server tweaking </li></ul>
  12. 39. “ Take chances, make mistakes, get messy” - Ms Frizzle

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