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WordPress Multisite at WordCamp Columbus by Angie Meeker

  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 | | **She may or may not be aware of this.
  2. Why use multisite? •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 | |
  3. Examples of multisite BEST BUY in the wild BOWLING GREEN YOUR CRIME SITE @angiemeeker | |
  4. BEFORE YOU START…Decide on your format Your child sites will either use subdomains: or folders (also called subdirectories or paths) If you want to use subdomains (which I do), your host must support the use of wildcard subdomains. * And, you’ll need to add a wildcard subdomain pointing to the folder of your installation. @angiemeeker | | If they don’t, you have to use folders.
  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 | |
  6. Backup.* *Really. Do it. @angiemeeker | |
  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 /* That's all stop editing */ @angiemeeker | |
  8. LOG BACK IN. EXPAND TOOLS. CLICK ON “Network Setup” @angiemeeker | |
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  11. paste into your wp-config.php right under the other stuff: define( 'MULTISITE', true ); define( 'SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', true ); $base = '/'; //define( 'DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE', '' ); //define( 'PATH_CURRENT_SITE', '/' ); //define( 'SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1 ); //define( 'BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1 ); @angiemeeker | |
  12. REPLACE YOUR CURRENT .HTACCESS: RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index.php$ - [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 | |
  13. Add Two folders to wp-content: BLOGS.DIR MU-PLUGINS @angiemeeker | |
  14. Log back in. That’s it! You’re all Multisite’d up. @angiemeeker | |
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  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 | |
  18. RECOMMENDED PLUGINS… WordPress MU Domain Mapping (to give your child sites their own top-level domain) WordPress MU Sitewide Tags Pages (to start the process of aggregating content to the parent site from within the network) WP MultiSite Replicator (to quickly replicate an existing, perhaps default, site within the network) @angiemeeker | |
  19. TO LEARN MORE… @andrea_r  taught me everything I know about Multisite Coming Soon: (On using Multisite, s2Member & BuddyPress) This Presentation: @angiemeeker | |