Multisite

25 Must-Have Plugins for WordPress Multisite Networks

Managing a WordPress Multisite network can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be if you have the right tools.

But what are the best tools for Multisite?

There’s always a lot of discussion on the WPMU DEV forums about this very topic, so I asked our support crew and developers what plugins they recommend people install on their network.

Whether you’re new to running a Multisite network or have been hosting your own network for some time, you’re sure to find many of the plugins below (in no particularly order) useful for managing your sites.

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Migrating Multiple Blogs into WordPress Multisite

Managing multiple WordPress installations can be a drag. Remembering different sets of usernames and passwords, and having to install plugins and themes over and over again. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Setting up a fresh WordPress Multisite installation and creating new sub-sites isn’t all that hard, but what about migrating an existing collection of sites into a new or existing Multisite installation?

There are many reasons why you might want to do this, for example you can:

Save time. Instead of installing and upgrading WordPress, themes and plugins across many sites, you can do all of these things just once.

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How to Uninstall WordPress Multisite

WordPress Multisite is a powerful configuration that lets you launch several websites off just one WordPress install.

But what if you excitedly activate Multisite only to change your mind later?

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll run through how to uninstall Multisite and get your site back to a single WordPress install.

Uninstalling Multisite involves undoing all of the work you did to install it in the first place, so let’s go through it step by step:

1. Back up all your files! It’s better to be safe rather than sorry. You might like to check out Snapshot by WPMU DEV.

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WordPress Multisite Domain Mapping + eNom = Awesome!

Here at WPMU DEV Multisite has always been our bread and butter, and today we’re happy to announce a corking new release to a key MU plugin.

Our WordPress Multisite Domain Mapping plugin has just picked up eNom integration – so that means that Pro Sites users can now also sell and automatically map new domains to their users , woohoo!

Check it out:

Here’s how it works:

Add domain mapping to your WordPress Multisite install
Sell domain names to your users :)

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29 Ways WordPress Is Taking Over Universities and Higher Ed

When Edublogs Campus first started hosting WordPress Multisite networks for schools and universities 5+ years ago, it was pretty much exclusively for blog networks.

But not so today.

With easy to customize themes and the user friendliness of the publishing process, we see WordPress being leveraged to meet dozens of web and technology needs.

And now with improved integration with popular Learning Management Systems, and the new data centers in Europe and Canada, this trend is poised to grow even more.

Take a look at these 29 live sites, all hosted by Edublogs Campus, for inspiration and ideas!
1. Professional Websites
The Ohio State University
u.osu.edu

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Display Network-Activated Plugins On WordPress Multisite Blogs

Assessing which plugins are active in a WordPress multisite network can sometimes be a challenge. This is because plugins can be active on one site or network activated across all sites. However, the only place where you can see which plugins are network activated is within the network admin dashboard. This can be confusing because the individual sites’ plugin pages does not list network-activated plugins, even though they are operational on all sites.

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7 Ways To Make WordPress Multisite Work for You

If you’re new to Multisite you may feel as though you’ve been tricked. You were told that it makes managing multiple WordPress sites so much more convenient, so you’ve jumped in with both feet. But now you’re finding new limitations and complexities.

Don’t panic. Here’s what you need to do to get to the other side where you can say “I got this” and finally have multisite working for you.

1. Give yourself a crash course in WordPress Multisite

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How to Use Akismet on WordPress Multisite with 1 License Key

Millions of sites depend on the Akismet service for blocking the never-ending flood of comment spam targeted at WordPress. Today we have a handy tip for WordPress multisite super admins that should save you quite a bit of time in the future.

Did you know that you can actually hard code your WordPress.com API key into your config file so that it works for your entire multisite network?

There is a little note at the top of the akismet.php file that says:

/** If you hardcode a WP.com API key here, all key config screens will be hidden */

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5 Backup Solutions for WordPress Multisite Networks

There are hundreds of ways to backup WordPress sites but very few of them are compatible with multisite networks.

When you operate a multisite network, you’re responsible not only for the work you have put into creating the main site but also for the hard work that everyone else has put into their websites on your network. It would be tragic to lose all of that data due to a hosting failure, DDoS attack or some other misfortune that might befall your network.

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