Previous three articles of this series:
- Lets start with the ultimate guide to wordPress multisite
- Lets start with the ultimate guide to wordPress multisite part – 2
- Lets start with the ultimate guide to wordPress multisite part – 3
Managing Your Network: Updates, Users and Settings
As well as managing the individual sites in your network, you’ll need to manage the network itself. This will include:
- Updating WordPress
- Updating themes and plugins
- Managing users
- Customizing the settings.
Let’s take a look at each of these in turn.
Updating themes, plugins and WordPress itself via the network admin screens is straightforward: you’ll see a notification if any of your code needs updating and you simply update it in the same way as you would for a normal site. Updating WordPress is a two step process: you need to install the update and then update the network of sites. This is just a case of clicking a couple of extra links which WordPress will guide you through.
The Users screen works in the same way as for a standard WordPress site: it will list all of the users on your network and let you edit and delete them. This will include users that site admins have added to your site as well as users who’ve signed up for a site.
The one main difference is that the Users screen tells you which sites a user has access to. If you want to add a user to a site, you do so via the Users tab in the site settings.
You use the Network Settings screen to customise the way your network is used:
Settings you can customise are:
- The title of your network
- The network admin’s email address
- Registration settings: whether users can register accounts and/or sites, whether site admins can add new users, and email domains and site names which are banned.
- New site settings: the content of the welcome email for site admins and users and the first page, post and comment created on new sites.
- Upload settings: file types permitted and maximum file size
- Language settings: the default language
- Menu settings: enable or disable the plugins menu item for site admins. If you disable this they won’t be able to activate or deactivate plugins.
Managing and Maintaining a Huge Network of Sites
The examples I gave above of huge, successful Multisite networks will store vast amounts of data and receive millions of visits across their network every day. Clearly this isn’t something your site can handle if it’s installed on a shared server with a cheap hosting plan, so as your network grows you’ll need to make changes to the way you manage your data and serve up content to accommodate the extra data and traffic.
To learn more about how this is done, see our post about how we scaled Edublogs to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of blogs (at the time of the post) and millions of users.
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I hope I’ve convinced you that WordPress Multisite makes WordPress even more powerful. It lets you create more than one site with just the one WordPress installation, helping you to keep all of your own sites in one place or let others create their own sites which you can make money from.
Activating Multisite just takes a few extra steps once you’ve installed WordPress, and managing your network and creating sites in it isn’t complicated. As you’ve seen, the screens do look slightly different but won’t be unfamiliar for anyone with experience of managing a standard WordPress site.
Courtesy: The ultimate guide to wordpress multisite from “wpmudev.org” of “Rachel McCollin”.