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!
During our WordPress Q & A session last week, we had several people mention difficulties with changing the language in WordPress Multisite.
This one was such question, from a WPMU reader named Tagit:
I followed all the instructions in the WordPress codex, to switch my Multisite install from English to Hebrew.
wp-config, downloaded he_IL.mo etc…
Hebrew works fine in the subdomains of my site, but I still can’t write Hebrew characters on my main site. The characters just render as question marks, like ????
Can anyone suggest a way to fix this?
Most maintenance plugins don’t work smoothly with WordPress multisite networks, but I found one that I’d like to recommend. WPMS Site Maintenance Mode was actually made just for multisite. It allows the super admin to put the entire network, main site, or subsites into maintenance mode. There’s also an option to customize the appearance of the maintenance page and set a time for the site to return.
Check out the settings page:
Once you turn it on you’ll get something like this:
If you spend a good portion of your day inside the WordPress dashboard, you’re always on the lookout for anything that can make your tasks quicker and easier. This tip today is for super admins who often navigate from site to site in the backend.
The new Multisite Dashboard Switcher plugin lets you easily jump to another site in your network using a dropdown menu, saving you several clicks along the way.
Here’s how it looks in your dashboard:
Over at WPMU DEV a member recently asked if we could give them a rundown of key concepts, tips, tricks and lessons learned in starting up Edublogs – and working with innumerable other folk on their Multisite projects.
Well, here’s the start of a series that I hope WPMU.org readers will find helpful, interesting and be able to add to.
And where better to start than, at the beginning…
There are a whole bunch of reasons that you could be starting off with WordPress Multisite, you could be looking to
Blogging can be a little bit overwhelming when staring at a blank post editing screen. This is one reason why micro-blogging sites have been a huge hit. There’s no pressure to fill up the page with words and write a full-sized blog.
If you can provide your users the opportunity to make quick, short updates, you’ll be more likely to have a lively, constant stream of content. It’s one of the things that makes Facebook and Twitter so approachable.
The Importance of Front-End Posting