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WordPress to the nth Power: Multisite & Beyond


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In addition to the freedom that WordPress offers to its users, it also offers a great deal of flexibility to its administrators and managers. One of the greatest features of WordPress is the ability to set up a multisite environment, allowing you to stand up an entirely new website in minutes. WordPress Multisite offers you the option to set up new websites using subdomains or subdirectories off of the original installation point and, through various plugins and configuration settings, you can take it even further. During this presentation, Curtis Grymala will briefly explain how a default multisite installation of WordPress works, how to expand that to fit your unique situation, and explore the possibilities of using domain mapping to use unique URLs for individual sites within the multisite installation. For many higher education institutions, though, even multisite is not broad enough to fit the information architecture of our websites. That's where Multi-Network comes into play. At UMW, the university website is built on a WordPress Multi-Network environment, with nearly 30 multisite setups running inside of a single WordPress installation. Grymala will touch on the basics of setting up WordPress to work as a Multi-Network tool, and offer tips to get plugins and themes working more efficiently in this unique environment.

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WordPress to the nth Power: Multisite & Beyond

  1. 1. HighEdWeb 2012
  3. 3. SINGLE WORDPRESSA S I N G L E - FA M I LYHOME A SINGLE WP SITEPaint your siding & Install your own WP shutters themeInstall climate control, Install plugins for hot water heater, podcasting, caching, alarm system, etc. security, etc.Responsible for snow & Responsible for keeping trash removal, WP updated & clear upkeep, etc. of spamFires, break-ins, Website & server burglaries are your problems are your problem problem
  5. 5. WORDPRESS MULTISITETOWNHOME W P M U LT I S I T EPainting , climate Plugins and themes control, alarms, etc. must be installed probably require by Super Admin approval before you can activateMight have to use Some plugins will be contractor network-active, so specified by you have no control property manager over themNot responsible for Not responsible for trash/snow keeping WP removal, upkeep, et updated c.
  7. 7. WORDPRESS MULTI-NETWORKSUBDIVISION M U LT I - N E T W O R KSame basic Same responsibilities as responsibilities as a townhome site owner inProperty managers multisite probably oversee Normal Super superintendents Admins only for each group of control own houses network, each network has its own Super Admin
  8. 8. HOW DOES IT WORK?In Multisite, there Multi-Network will only be 1 uses multiple network, so the “site IDs” site ID will be 1
  9. 9. HOW DO YOU TURN IT ON?Install and activate a single plugin.You have three choices:1. Networks for WordPress by David Dean (Current versions of WordPress)2. WP Multi Network by John James Jacoby (Versions 3.0-3.1 of WordPress)3. Networks+ by Ron and Andrea Rennick (All versions of WordPress)Make sure you follow the instructions!
  10. 10. YOU CAN CONFIGURE IT IN TWO BASIC WAYS:Networks as Nested subdomains, si subdomains tes within (single those networks subdomains as as subdirectory the networks, sites second-level subdomains as the sites)
  12. 12. SIDE EFFECTS OF WORDPRESS MULTI-NETWORK INCLUDE…There are some disadvantages to running WordPress in a multi-network set up.• New level of uncertainty with add-on compatibility• If a plugin can’t be network-activated, it can’t be multi-network-activated• Potential conflicts• Serious issues with plugins & themes that are coded poorly• MU-Plugins will be active everywhere
  13. 13. WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREATRESPONSIBILITYBe diligent about themes & pluginsPay attention to setup and updates
  14. 14. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?Twitter: @cgrymalaWebsite(s): (Multi-Network Setup) (SVN Repo)Email: curtiss@ten-321.comSpeakerRate: