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WordPress Multisite, Tips, Tricks & Hacks

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WordPress Multisite is a very powerful feature of WordPress. Many people don't know all the great projects you can build with Multisite. Over the last couple of years I have been working with Multisite and have learned a few tips and tricks to get it working better and making the install easier. Also, I've listed some additional ideas on what types of projects you can build with WordPress Multisite. Enjoy!

WordPress Multisite, Tips, Tricks & Hacks

  1. 1. WordPress Multisite Tips, Tricks & Hacks
  2. 2. What is Multisite?A feature of WP,that allowsmultiple sitesunder one install* a network WordPress Multisite
  3. 3. What is Multisite?A feature of WP,that allowsmultiple sitesunder one install* a network WordPress Multisite
  4. 4. Installhttp://codex.WordPress.org/Create_A_NetworkSub-domains or Sub-directories? site.example.com example.com/siteTIP: Sub-directories can be installed on almost any shared host. WordPress Multisite
  5. 5. Installhttp://codex.WordPress.org/Create_A_NetworkSub-domains or Sub-directories? site.example.com example.com/siteTIP: Sub-directories can be installed on almost any shared host. WordPress Multisite
  6. 6. Install Problems• Changing from regular to Multisite• Server not setup correctly• Permissions not set on directories• .htaccess not being read or configured rightTIP: Ask Server Admin if they know what WP Multisite is. Send server requirements. WordPress Multisite
  7. 7. Install Problems• Changing from regular to Multisite• Server not setup correctly• Permissions not set on directories• .htaccess not being read or configured rightTIP: Ask Server Admin if they know what WP Multisite is. Send server requirements. WordPress Multisite
  8. 8. Install Solutions• If changing from regular, reinstall from scratch• mod_rewrite is on and AllowOveride All enabled• uploads and blogs.dir need 775 permissions• recopy .htacess settings after move to serverTIP: Directory path is a common problem for .htaccess when moving from dev environment to live server, i.e /htdocs/ to / var/www/htdocs/ WordPress Multisite
  9. 9. Install Solutions• If changing from regular, reinstall from scratch• mod_rewrite is on and AllowOveride All enabled• uploads and blogs.dir need 775 permissions• recopy .htacess settings after move to serverTIP: Directory path is a common problem for .htaccess when moving from dev environment to live server, i.e /htdocs/ to / var/www/htdocs/ WordPress Multisite
  10. 10. Whats Different? New Network Admin link to access global network settings. Access config, .htaccess settings and global network options.View global site list. Make edits,access Dashboard, DeactivateArchive or Delete. WordPress Multisite
  11. 11. Whats Different? New Network Admin link to access global network settings. Access config, .htaccess settings and global network options.View global site list. Make edits,access Dashboard, DeactivateArchive or Delete. WordPress Multisite
  12. 12. PluginsIn Multisite, managing plugins can be done globallyor on individual sites.Network Activating a pluginglobally turns on the plugin forall sites in the network.TIP: When a plugin is Network Activated, it disappears from the plugin directories of all child sites. Its on for all. WordPress Multisite
  13. 13. PluginsIn Multisite, managing plugins can be done globallyor on individual sites.Network Activating a pluginglobally turns on the plugin forall sites in the network.TIP: When a plugin is Network Activated, it disappears from the plugin directories of all child sites. Its on for all. WordPress Multisite
  14. 14. What can you use it for?Multiple Social NetworksUse BuddyPress and WP Multi-Network to keepactivity and profiles separate.• Think corporations, then subsidiaries, think school districts, then individual schools.• These are not child social networks, they are separate parent social networks in one install. WordPress Multisite
  15. 15. What can you use it for?Multiple Social NetworksUse BuddyPress and WP Multi-Network to keepactivity and profiles separate.• Think corporations, then subsidiaries, think school districts, then individual schools.• These are not child social networks, they are separate parent social networks in one install. WordPress Multisite
  16. 16. What can you use it for?Shopping MallCreate your own Etsy or Shopify with MarketPress• Global products list. Display products from all stores.• Fill your cart with products from up to 10 stores using Global Cart.• Get a percentage off each transaction WordPress Multisite
  17. 17. What can you use it for?Shopping MallCreate your own Etsy or Shopify with MarketPress• Global products list. Display products from all stores.• Fill your cart with products from up to 10 stores using Global Cart.• Get a percentage off each transaction WordPress Multisite
  18. 18. What can you use it for?Streamline OperationsHave all corporate sites in one location.• Map real domains to sub-directory sites.• Keep consistent by maintaining one theme.• Increase security by making global modifications to all sites within network. WordPress Multisite
  19. 19. What can you use it for?Streamline OperationsHave all corporate sites in one location.• Map real domains to sub-directory sites.• Keep consistent by maintaining one theme.• Increase security by making global modifications to all sites within network. WordPress Multisite
  20. 20. TricksTheme OptionsCustomize the look and feel of sites in yournetwork with a Theme Options page.• Perfect for product, mall or subsidiary sites.• Create a unique header, background and color for each site.• Change the title, layout and footer for each site. WordPress Multisite
  21. 21. TricksTheme OptionsCustomize the look and feel of sites in yournetwork with a Theme Options page.• Perfect for product, mall or subsidiary sites.• Create a unique header, background and color for each site.• Change the title, layout and footer for each site. WordPress Multisite
  22. 22. TricksMultisite Customizations• For "query_posts( )", use "category_name" on templates you use globally.• Use the Sitewide Tags plugin to show all the posts in one central area.• Map domains to your network sites with the WordPress MU Domain Mapping Plugin. WordPress Multisite
  23. 23. TricksMultisite Customizations• For "query_posts( )", use "category_name" on templates you use globally.• Use the Sitewide Tags plugin to show all the posts in one central area.• Map domains to your network sites with the WordPress MU Domain Mapping Plugin. WordPress Multisite
  24. 24. HacksTurn on Akismet for all network sites(Put in config file)/** Define WordPress.com API Key */define(WPCOM_API_KEY,lkjasdflkjahklgaihdgh); WordPress Multisite
  25. 25. HacksTurn on Akismet for all network sites(Put in config file)/** Define WordPress.com API Key */define(WPCOM_API_KEY,lkjasdflkjahklgaihdgh); WordPress Multisite
  26. 26. HacksDont get a 404 for any network sites(Put in config file)/* Send visitors to non-existent blogs here */define( NOBLOGREDIRECT, http://myblog.com/ ); WordPress Multisite
  27. 27. HacksDont get a 404 for any network sites(Put in config file)/* Send visitors to non-existent blogs here */define( NOBLOGREDIRECT, http://myblog.com/ ); WordPress Multisite
  28. 28. HacksAutoload plugins - and keep hidden• Create an "/wp-content/mu-plugins" folder.• Add straight php files, no directories.• Perfect for a private theme notifier script. WordPress Multisite
  29. 29. HacksAutoload plugins - and keep hidden• Create an "/wp-content/mu-plugins" folder.• Add straight php files, no directories.• Perfect for a private theme notifier script. WordPress Multisite
  30. 30. Thank you!I will have links to this slideshow and more onwww.crowdedsites.com next week WordPress Multisite
  31. 31. Thank you!I will have links to this slideshow and more onwww.crowdedsites.com next week WordPress Multisite

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