WordPress Multisite Experiment
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.
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about 3 years ago - 2 comments
Been very busy lately and I haven’t gotten to blog much so I’m trying to play catch up. If you’ve read any of my earlier blog posts, you know about my WP 3 Multisite Experiment
One of the things that bugged me when I enabled WP 3 multisite was that the very cool Google XML Sitemap plugin did not work after the this. It gave a warning about Google XML Sitemaps will be disabled when running WP 3.0 in multi site mode. XML Sitemaps basically let you tell the search engines in a direct way about pages and posts you would like them to consider for indexing in their search engines. They are considered a best practice in SEO.
So I did some research, tried one called XML Sitemap & Google News Sitemap Feeds - here’s my quick findings:
1) This worked in WP 3+ mulitsite mode
2) The site map it produced, however, included some things I didn’t want included and I didn’t see a way to adjust this
3) You could always try it and see if you’re fine with the sitemap it produces, and if so, go with it
I needed something more configurable. So I looked some more and found one called Google XML Sitemaps with Multisite support
This turned out to do what I was looking for, and in fact, it really is just a quick modification of Arne’s excellent Google XML Sitemap plugin.
Also, I also found after that that Arne has a beta going on for a multisite supported version of his Google XML Sitemap plugin too, so keep an eye out for that as well.
about 3 years ago - No comments
Anyway, one gentleman commented about preferring to see real names and faces for our Twitter account and posts (originally all these initial blog posts showed “admin” as the user. I can honestly say that was just a side effect of configuring Word Press Multisite, which does not, by default add your WordPress user accounts to your new WPMU site other than the network admin, but I digress).
I really appreciated his feedback, and it got me wondering:
For Small Businesses, How do you Strike the Right Balance Between Business and Personal in Social Media?
Now admittedly, I’m a techie by nature and Social Media is not really a natural draw for me. In fact, you know how some people are intimidated by technology? Yeah, well some of us techies are intimidated by Social Media, but also realize its power and reach. A classic Catch22.
Well, I know that I’ll continue to learn a lot in this area from Much Ado Marketing (aka MAM), but feel free to post any thoughts you have on the matter as well. On second thought, I guess that would require readers first and I’ve had zero time to promote this blog, so perhaps the question will remain rhetorical.
about 3 years ago - No comments
- WordPress Multisite (aka WPMU) allows you to run multiple WP Blogs with a single WP Installation
- You CAN run different themes on WPMU sites
- You CAN run different plugins, or mix & match plugins among WPMU sites
- By Default, WPMU is included in the core with WP 3, but it is disabled & you must take specific steps to enable it
- By Default, WPMU assumes you will run your network of blogs on a single domain with first on main domain ( yourdomain.com) and others either as sub-domains ( site2.yourdomain.com) OR sub-directories (yourdomain.com/site2)
- It is possible, with the use of the WordPress MU Domain plugin , to run your WPMU blogs on separate domain names
- At the time of this writing, it is NOT possible to enable WPMU sub-directory option on a WP install that is over one month old (see http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network for details)
- Not all web hosting companies may be compatible with WPMU. You should make sure your webhost can support some features needed by WPMU before you enable it OR be prepared to test and undo the steps if you’re not sure.
- Running multiple WordPress sites as a network (another way to refer to WP Multisite) can save lots of time on updates to Core WP, plugins and installations of additional sites but it does take some time to get initial setup and learn how to administer it.
- Expect that you’ll have to be more technical and closely follow the installation steps (including modifying some PHP code as well as .htaccess file).
about 3 years ago - No comments
So one of the things I’ve quickly seen with my WP MU experiment is that you need to be aware that plugins are not all wordpress multisite plugin “safe”. However, more and more are safe to use in a WordPress 3 mulitisite setup (or network as it is called by WordPress documentation).
How To Check If a WordPress Plugin is Safe to Use With WordPress 3.x Multisite Installation
Some of the best ways to tell if a plugin is multisite safe are:
- Look up the plugin on WordPress.org and find the page dedicated to that plugin, then check to see:
- If it is compatible with a pretty recent version of WP (look on the right-hand side)
- If the Description tab mentions it
- If the FAQ mentions WP MU compatible
- If there are support items that talk about WP Multisite (click on the “See what others are saying … ” link on the lower right-hand side of the plugin’s page)
- Test It On Your Site
- If it clears Step 1 check, or if you’re more a “proof is in the pudding” type of person, you can skip to this step
- Install the Plugin from your WP Network Admin (this will appear as a new option in the upper RHC of your WP Admin ONLY after you have enabled WP Mulitisite – click for step by step instructions )
- Now Either Choose to Network Activate the plugin from the Network Admin Plugins or Navigate to the site dashboard you want to try the plugin in, go to the Plugins section, and Activate it there
- See if the is a warning that appears about Multisite when you Activate it, if so, deactivate
- If no warning, test your site to make sure everything is working fine
Feel free to comment below or add other useful tips. Hope this is helpful to others who are new to WordPress Multisite plugins.