On a very active WordPress multisite network, blogs can come and go. Perhaps a user hasn’t renewed his membership or simply decided to delete his blog. Other sites may still be linking to that nonexistent blog. The default behavior of WordPress is to direct you to a 404 error page when you try to visit a nonexistent blog. Unless you’ve taken great care to make your 404 error page useful and engaging, the visitor has probably reached a dead end.
Displaying BuddyPress profile data outside of the main BuddyPress components is a little trickier than you might imagine. However, this is a common request, especially since many of our readers manage multisite networks. So for this quick tip we’re going to examine a few examples of displaying BuddyPress profile data on multisite blogs.
Basic Example of Displaying BP Profile Info on a Multisite Blog
Maybe you’ve had a talent for technology or design nearly all your life. Or maybe you just stumbled onto WordPress one day when looking to set up your own site. And then that one day led to another, and soon you were finding your way around the WordPress backend pretty well.
And then time and time again you started running into people who “wanted a website” but didn’t really have the first clue about how to build one. At some point it probably dawned you – Hey, I could make some money doing this.
One of the most common questions about using WordPress Multisite is, “Can I import an already existing site into Multisite?”
Similarly, another common question is, “Can I peel off a site on a Multisite install and turn it into a single installation?”
The answer to both of these questions is yes, and we’re going to go through how to do that in this post. Essentially it’s as easy as using the Import/Export functions found under the Tools menu in your WordPress admin area.
What Gets Imported
Even the average user can see that WordPress is a powerful and flexible platform. But there’s more to WordPress than meets the eye.
Just below the surface, and somewhat hidden away, there is an even more powerful mode that WordPress possesses – a mode called Multisite.
Enabling this mode allows you to turn a single WordPress installation into a network of sites. Thousands of sites, if you like. Hundreds of thousands. Even millions.
When it comes to the subject of privacy, more options are usually better. Bloggers and members of your site are more likely to trust and recommend your community if they know that they have the option to protect their content.
WordPress Multisite Privacy Settings
By default, WordPress Multisite has two site visibility settings under the Settings >> Privacy menu, both related to search engines:
Allow search engines to index this site
Ask search engines not to index this site
If you want more privacy options, it’s as easy as installing a plugin.
WordPress Multisite Plugin: More Privacy Options
When navigating a WordPress multisite network, it’s important to note that users of one site are not automatically made users of other sites across the network. Ordinarily, users have to complete the regular registration process with each site they want to join.
WordPress multisite has some restrictions for what types of files users can upload on the network. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to make changes to the allowed file types without having to add a plugin or change any code.
This particular network admin setting is a few clicks deep. You can find it under:
Dashboard >> Network Admin >> Settings >> Network Settings
Scroll down to Upload Settings and add or remove file types from the “Upload file types” field.
If you’re new to WordPress Multisite, then you may not be familiar with the Network Admin menu. The WordPress Super Admin user has access to all of the sites on the network. This is done through the Network Admin menu.
If you’ve correctly enabled multisite on your installation, then you’ll want to look for the “My Sites” menu:
This is where you will find the Network Admin menu, which includes everything you need to administer your network.
Advertising can be a great way to monetize your blog, and if done the right way, it can even enhance your design, rather than stick out like a sore thumb. Whether you run a single blog or a multi site with thousands of members; and whether you run Adsense campaigns or sell your own ad space – these plugins will help you create, manage, and place ads anywhere on your site.