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WordPress Multisite | WordPress Meetup Saint Petersburg, Russia 13 January 2017

Choosing WordPress Multisite set us on a path, where we overcame negative hosting companies and developers whose reaction to multisite was laced with suspicion. But with the help of friends and suppliers from within the WordPress community globally we overcame the challenges and now look back and know we made the right choice

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WordPress Multisite | WordPress Meetup Saint Petersburg, Russia 13 January 2017

  1. 1. WordPress Multisite Why it was the right choice for us WordPress Meetup St Petersburg January 2017 Doug Lawrence Copy with attribution
  2. 2. Stories like ‘The Hobbit’ often fit into a style called The Hero’s Journey
  3. 3. Our journey • Though not heroic our use of WordPress Multisite was a journey too • In that journey we needed the help of friends and overcame obstacles 3
  4. 4. Before we started our journey • We used Dreamweaver and Drupal • Dreamweaver – Didn’t have the functionality we needed – Upgrades weren’t cheap – Dreamweaver forums seemed to have strict rules that discouraged us from seeking help • Drupal – Seemed complicated – Wasn’t supported very well by our hosting company – We also failed to implement updates until eventually the site was unstable 4
  5. 5. • We started using as a blog platform • Entry costs were very low • Community support was great • We moved to .org self-hosted for more flexibility • We started attending the Manchester WordPress Meetup led by WordPress co-founder Mike Little ( 5
  6. 6. Copyright © Amicus TransTec Limited 6
  7. 7. The beginning • Started attending the Manchester WordPress User Croup – • Moved to ISP hosted WordPress • Attended Mike Little’s WordPress training courses • Initially used Theme forest and Udesign • Attended WordCamp UK where Mike Little and Peter Westwood helped me move to Multisite • After problems with Arabic locale Mike Little wrote a ‘Must Use’ Multisite locale plugin 7
  8. 8. The middle • We moved to Genesis and StudioPress buying all the themes ( • Soon discovered many plugins, developers, and even ISPs saw Multisite as complicated and often didn’t support it • Attended more WordCamps, spoke at a few, swapped t-shirts and swag from WordPress events • Moved to unmanaged VPS at the request of our hosting provider 8
  9. 9. Where we are now • We selected as a developer – International and social media navigation – Language settings such as hreflang – Many implementations such custom post types – Presented together at WordCamp Birmingham UK doug-lawrence-belinda-mustoe-20150221 • Moved to after existing hosting company couldn’t solve our Multisite problems – As a WordPress only hoster Pressjitsu solved all our problems the day we transferred to them. They took away all our worries and because of their amazing support continue to do so 9
  10. 10. Mistakes • We have focused on functionality and therefore have some unfinished content • We need to review our content and draw a line between ‘under construction’ and completed content 10
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  12. 12. The future • Woocommerce Sensei for online courses • Detailed development plan • More content, especially blog posts • Image library • More integration with other technologies we use • Events plugin 12
  13. 13. Other WordPress presentations • dpress-multisite-20150815 WC Russia 2015 • d-your-language-doug-lawrence-belinda- mustoe-20150221 WC Birmingham 2015 • g-lawrence- wpukgoingglobalwithwordpress20130708- 24417260 WC UK 2013 13
  14. 14. What should you do? Contribute to the WordPress community Use Multisite – or at least don’t be afraid of it! 14
  15. 15. Спасибо! 15