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Top Plugins for WordPress multisite

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Top Plugins for WordPress multisite

  1. 1. Top Multisite Plugins WordCamp Savannah August 21st 2010
  2. 2. What is multisite? <ul><li>Multiple sites in one WordPress install </li></ul><ul><li>Also called a Network </li></ul><ul><li>Setup here: </li></ul><ul><li>http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sitewide tags <ul><li>Pulls posts to a tags blog or main page </li></ul><ul><li>Can use that one site for “global” content </li></ul><ul><li>Live example: </li></ul><ul><li>http://homeschooljournal.net </li></ul>
  4. 4. Permalinks go back to originating blog.
  5. 5. Sitewide tags options screen
  6. 6. Broadcast / Multipost <ul><li>Push posts from main blog to other sites </li></ul><ul><li>Works opposite to SWT </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multipost-mu/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/threewp-broadcast/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Super Admin can fine-tune access
  8. 8. Gives a meta box on Write Post page. Shows all sites I have admin access to.
  9. 9. Domain Mapping <ul><li>Each site in the network can have their own top-level domain </li></ul><ul><li>You need to create the site first, then map it. </li></ul><ul><li>Plugin here: </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ </li></ul><ul><li>wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/ </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial: </li></ul><ul><li>http://ottopress.com/2010/wordpress-3-0-multisite-domain-mapping-tutorial/ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Super Admin needs to set things up first.
  11. 11. User can map their domain & pick a primary. (Can do more than one.)
  12. 12. Super Admin can also map domains without visiting that site.
  13. 13. New Blog Defaults <ul><li>Controls settings for new sites as they are created </li></ul><ul><li>Does not do plugin, theme or widget settings </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpmu-new-blog-defaults/ </li></ul>
  14. 14. Pulls in all the settings for a site that are under the Settings menu, plus these bonus extras. It's a really long page of menus.
  15. 15. WordPress.com Custom CSS <ul><li>Each site can customize the css without touching theme files </li></ul><ul><li>Works like the one at wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/safecss/ </li></ul>
  16. 16. Great for making minor chages to the same theme on different sites.
  17. 17. More Privacy Options <ul><li>Adds more privacy settings to each site </li></ul><ul><li>Includes “must be logged in” </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-privacy-options/ </li></ul>
  18. 18. Adds a network-wide option for Supper Admins under Super Admin -> Options menu. User gets way more privacy. Admins & Super Admins can have super-private blogs.
  19. 19. Theme & Plugin stats <ul><li>Super Admin only </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful to clean out unused themes & plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Stats are cool </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpmu-plugin-stats/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpmu-theme-usage-info/ </li></ul>
  20. 20. What themes are being used where?
  21. 21. Which plugins are actually being used?
  22. 22. User management <ul><li>Users are global across the network </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add-users-sidebar-widget/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-user-management/ </li></ul>
  23. 23. Logged-in users can add themselves to my site if I place the widget in the sidebar to let them. The Super Admin can also choose to add uses to specifc sites on signup.
  24. 24. Blog Topics <ul><li>Categorize the sites by topic </li></ul><ul><li>Useful to group sites by your criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Includes pages templates for output (directory?) </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/blog-topics/ </li></ul>
  25. 26. Granular Plugin controls <ul><li>Pick & choose </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-plugins/ </li></ul><ul><li>Hide plugins network-wide (for super admin only) </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/restrict-multisite-plugins/ </li></ul>
  26. 27. Does not show plugins in the mu-plugins folder. Woot!
  27. 28. Where to find more plugins <ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/network </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/wpmu </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/multisite </li></ul>
  28. 29. Where to find me <ul><li>twitter.com/andrea_r </li></ul><ul><li>http://ronandandrea.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://wpmututorials.com WordPress “Must Use” Tutorials ;) </li></ul><ul><li>http://musupport.net (paid support forum) </li></ul>

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