With all of the responsive WordPress themes flooding the market, it’s important to make sure that any embedded media will respond to screen sizes of various devices. Otherwise, what’s the point of having a responsive design? You don’t want to have unresponsive media breaking your responsive design or you might as well not invest in a responsive WordPress theme.
If you’ve ever administered a WordPress Multisite network, then you know how much of a problem spam and sploggers can be, especially when they decide to troll your entire network.
A new plugin from Ipstenu aims to help network admins to keep their comments under control. Sitewide Comment Control lets you ban, spam or moderate unregistered commenters across your network. It doesn’t replace the per-site blacklists but rather adds on to it so that spammers can’t hop around your network to continue spamming.
Managing a WordPress Multisite network can be a lot of work, but when you have the right tools at your disposal you can easily cut that time in half. I thought it was time to write an updated post with some new plugins for your multisite toolbox, most of which have been released within the past couple of months.
Whether you’re new to running WordPress Multisite or have been hosting your own network for some time, you’re sure to find many of these plugins useful for managing your sites. Grab a cup of coffee and start installing your favorites.
Multisite Privacy Plugin
A few months ago we featured BitNami WordPress Stack in 10 Ways to Set Up a Testing Environment for WordPress. In the meantime BitNami has announced the release of their new BitNami WordPress Multisite Stack. The multisite stack download is available via the native installer, a virtual machine or you can deploy it directly in the Amazon Cloud.
If you need a solid way to set up a WordPress multisite test environment, give the BitNami WordPress Multisite Stack a spin and let us know how it compares to other development environments you’ve tried.
Today I want to feature a cool new plugin from Paul Gibbs that allows you to automatically expire user passwords. Expire User Passwords is a very simple plugin with zero configuration required. Simply install and activate and your users will be forced to change their passwords every 30 days.
You can also change the expiry period to be something other than 30 days if you like. It comes with a define that you can use in your wp-config.php file called ‘TMG_AEP_EXPIRY’,. Just set the value to the number of seconds until you want the login to expire.
WordPress Multisite networks have the perennial problem of users who sign up for their own site but never post or do anything with it. If you have hundreds or thousands of blogs, it can be a time consuming project to go through and hide sites that are completely inactive.
One sure fire way to get a message across to your users is to present it to them when they log into your website. We’ve just released a very useful plugin called Log In Message that allows you to create custom messages on your login page.
WordPress Multisite network admins can activate this plugin sitewide to display a custom seasonal greeting, announcement, special instructions, links to help pages, or anything else. It also includes the ability to add a custom login footer message.
Calling all Multisite gurus. Today’s installment of the WordPress Q & A Sessions should be right up your alley.
A reader named Brian has submitted the following question to us:
I want to use WordPress Multisite to create something similar to Etsy and Artfire. How would I completely hide all WordPress admin options in the dashboard (for subdomain sites), and create a custom admin page that limits each store owner to just a few basic storefront customization options?
This is a question that we’ve heard from several multisite users over at the WPMU DEV forums. Have you attempted something like this yourself?
WPMUDev’s New Blog Templates plugin, which allows you to duplicate settings for any blog on a Multisite install, has just been updated to also allow your users to choose a template during registration.
For those who are already familiar with the plugin, you can skip to the very bottom of this post to see info about the update.
For those who aren’t familiar with the plugin, we’ll go through an overview and how to set it up.
What does the Blog Templates Plugin Do?
Just a quick update about a new feature released in the popular Multisite Privacy plugin.
For years, this plugin has been a must on any Multisite network – giving users more options to choose from when it comes to privacy settings on their blogs.
One of the limitations to making blogs private (important in education, group discussion blogs, etc.) has been that you needed to first create user accounts and add users to a blog. That can be kind of a pain!