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Hosting Environment Requirements on WordPress

Before you enable the WordPress multisite feature, you need to determine whether you plan to manage just a few of your own WordPress blogs or websites, or run a full-blown blogging network with several [more…]

Enabling the WordPress Network Feature

By default, access to WordPress network settings is disabled to ensure that users don’t set up their network without researching all that the setup entails. Setting up a network is more than configuring [more…]

How to Choose Between Subdirectories and Subdomains for Your WordPress Network

Before you start setting up your WordPress network, the Create a Network page lets you choose the URL format of sites you are adding beneath the Addresses of Sites in your Network heading. By default, [more…]

How to Disable a WordPress Network

At some point, you may decide that running a network of sites on WordPress isn’t for you, and you may find that you want to disable the multisite feature completely. Before disabling the network, save [more…]

Managing Your WordPress Network Settings

WordPress’s Network Admin Dashboard has its own set of menus separate from the regular Site Admin Dashboard. Those menus provide all the tools you need to manage your WordPress network. All the items in [more…]

Stopping Spam Sign-Ups and Splogs on Your WordPress Network

If you choose to have open sign-ups on your WordPress network, any member of the public can register and create a new site on your network. At some point, automated bots run by malicious users and spammers [more…]

How to Allow User Registration on Your WordPress Network

When you enable your WordPress network, new site and new user registrations are turned off, by default. However, as the network administrator you can add new sites and users from the WordPress Network [more…]

How to Apply One Theme on Multiple WordPress Sites

If you want a consistent design across your entire WordPress network, you can apply one theme to multiple WordPress sites. For example, you may have a custom theme specially made for the main site in your [more…]

Gathering and Displaying Content Across Your WordPress Network

Handy WordPress plugins enable you to gather content from sites across your WordPress network to display on the front page of your network’s main site. You can also list network sites and display comments [more…]

Using and Installing Plugins Across Your WordPress Network

WordPress lets you use plugins network-wide to perform an action globally across all sites in the network. Sometimes, you might see these referred to as sitewide plugins, which is old WordPress MU terminology [more…]

Additional Settings for Managing Your WordPress Network

In addition to choosing options on the Network Settings Page, when you create a WordPress Network you must also manage sites, users, themes, plugins, and updates. These settings are accessed by clicking [more…]

When Should You Use WordPress’s Network Feature

Usually, for multiple users to post to one site, WordPress is sufficient. The multiuser part of the WordPress MU name didn’t refer to how many users were added to your WordPress website, really. MU was [more…]

Installing a Network on Your WordPress.com Site

The Network Details heading on the Create a Network of WordPress Sites page has options filled in automatically. The server address, for example, is pulled from your installation and is not editable. The [more…]

Network Administration Basics: Administering Your WordPress Network

When you visit the WordPress Dashboard after activating the multisite feature, the toolbar includes the My Sites menu, which contains the Network Admin link. WordPress has separated the Network Admin features [more…]

How to Control Access to Your WordPress Site

You have a list of all the sites on your WordPress network; by default, other users cannot find other sites in the network. Unless you, the network admin, add such ability via plugins, a user cannot navigate [more…]

How to Change Defaults on Your WordPress Network

Depending on your specific needs, you may find yourself wanting to change how users are added to sites, as subscribers, within your WordPress network. For example, by default, users cannot add themselves [more…]

Default WordPress Network Site Settings

The default network settings on your WordPress site can control user access to various such things as menus, themes, and the Dashboard. Because users cannot add or edit plugins, the Plugins menu is disabled [more…]

Parking or Pointing Domains on Your WordPress Network

You need to set up your WordPress web server to accept any incoming requests for the domain you want to map and the location to send them to. cPanel control panel is quite popular and available on many [more…]

How to Create an Addon Domain in Your WordPress Web Hosting cPanel

If the domain you’re using for your WordPress network installation isn’t the main domain of the website, but rather is an add-on domain, you can't use the usual process to park the domain. Because you [more…]

How to Install the Domain Mapping Plugin

Before you can add any mapped domains to WordPress, you need to install the WordPress MU Domain Mapping plugin to help handle this in WordPress. The Domain Mapping plugin doesn’t do any setup on the server [more…]

How to Access the Apache Configuration Files on Your web Server

Adding a wildcard host to your WordPress web server requires that you access the Apache configuration files on your web server. These steps assume that you have access to those files; if you do not, ask [more…]

How to Hide the Original WordPress Installation Domain

The WordPress domain mapping plugin lets you access the child site by the original location regardless of whether it’s a subdomain site or a subfolder site, so you can use domain mapping no matter which [more…]

How to Select the Right e-Commerce Plugin for a WordPress Site

Here are four great WordPress plugins that can help you build your e-commerce site: Cart66, WooCommerce, WP e-Commerce, and Shopp. Each plugin differs in the way the store gets built and each is good for [more…]

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