Simplifying Your Life With WordPress Multisite

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The multisite feature of WordPress has been part of WordPress core since version 3.0. It allows site administrators to run several different websites off of a single codebase, and manage them through one dashboard.

In practical terms, this means that you, as a site administrator, can share plugins and themes across all the sites in your network. There is no need to download and install them on each site individually. And when it comes to updating your WordPress core, plugins and themes, you need only do it in one place.

In this presentation, we’ll learn the nuts and bolts of how to configure an out-of-the-box WordPress install for multisite functionality. We’ll discuss why you’d want to run your organization’s WordPress sites as a network (or why not). And finally, we’ll look at some real-life examples of WordPress multisite in action, focusing on sites in higher education.

This session is intended for site administrators, particularly those responsible for managing several WordPress sites within their organization or business.

Presentation for WordCamp Boston 2011.

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  • Simplifying Your Life With WordPress Multisite

    1. 1. Simplifying Your Life With WordPress Multisite Christina Dulude July 23, 2011
    2. 2. Me.• IA/UX Designer, Dartmouth College• Email: cdulude@gmail.com• Twitter: cdulude
    3. 3. With Multisite!
    4. 4. • Run many sites off of a single WordPress install• Share themes, plugins and users• Run as subdomains or subdirectories(math.example.edu vs. example.edu/math)• All WordPress sites 3.0+ are multisite (they just don’t know it yet)
    5. 5. wp-config.php
    6. 6. • Create blogs.dir for individual sites’ media uploads• Subdirectories created automatically for each site
    7. 7. • Add this to wp-config.php file• (Add it, don’t replace what’s already there)
    8. 8. • Add this to .htaccess file
    9. 9. Hooray, a network! Go to network panel
    10. 10. Network Admin Interface
    11. 11. • List all sites in the network• Edit settings for individual sites
    12. 12. • Normal user stuff, plus grant super admin privileges
    13. 13. Available for all sitesAvailable for no sites
    14. 14. • Network Activate: Enable on all sites. Site admins can’t disable• Network Deactivate: Enable plugin on per-site basis
    15. 15. • Miscellaneous settings about.• What site admins can and can’t do
    16. 16. Blog ServiceIndiana University East (iue.edu/blogs)
    17. 17. Institutional CMSUniversity of Central Arkansas (uca.edu)
    18. 18. Self-Service Websites Duke WordPress (sites.duke.edu)
    19. 19. Dartmouth WordPress
    20. 20. Thank you!

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