Howdy, just getting a chance to post after undergoing a major site redesign, in which I’m currently using one WordPress theme on my main domain, and trying out WordPress Multisite (using subfolders) to run this blog separately with another theme. It’s an experiment, so I wanted to post and share a few initial thoughts. I welcome comments or questions – what do you think about WordPress Multisite (also refered to as WP MU)?

 

It’ll take some getting used to, but it looks like the multisite feature of WordPress 3+ is quite powerful.  Basically, it lets you set up and run multiple WordPress sites using a single installation of WordPress. The sites you run under WP MU are referred to as a WP Network or just Network within the WP Admin.

 

What are some of the Benefits of using WordPress Multisite?

  • Allows you to Run & Manage multiple WordPress sites from a single WP installation & database (this means fewer files and less disk storage and server resources used)
  • Can control, update, and install Plugins at a Network level or a Site Level
  • If you own and run multiple different separate WP sites now, you know how time-consuming it can be just to go update all your WP installations and plugins to the most current version, so this is pretty powerful.
  • It also allows you to add a new WP site much more quickly after your base installation, since you don’t have to go and reinstall all the plugins and themes over again, you can just pick and choose which you want to activate for your new site
  • You can also pick some plugins to be “network enabled” so they are enabled for all sites in your network if you know you always want to run those plugins

That’s it for now.  Please excuse the mess while I kick the tires a bit on this, and let me know if you’d like to hear more about WordPress Multisite or if you have some WP MU nuggets of wisdom to pass along.