Template Plugin Update: Let Users Choose a Template on Registration

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?


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Privacy Plugin Update: Easily Password Protect Entire Blog

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!


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WordPress Question: Controlling Language Settings in WordPress Multisite

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 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?

WordPress Multisite Language Settings

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A Maintenance Mode Plugin for WordPress Multisite

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:


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WordPress Multisite Dashboard Switcher Makes Life Easy for Super Admins

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:

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WordPress Multisite Essentials Part 1 – Concept, Success & Failure

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 readers will find helpful, interesting and be able to add to.

And where better to start than, at the beginning…
The Concept…

There are a whole bunch of reasons that you could be starting off with WordPress Multisite, you could be looking to


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How to Build Your Own WordPress Micro-Blogging Platform with Front-End, Multimedia Posting

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


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Let Users Log Into WordPress Using an Email Address or Username

Sometimes users don’t remember the username they chose when signing up for your WordPress site. However, they’re less likely to forget their own email address. You can give users the option to log in using either method by installing the WP Email Login plugin.

I actually tested this plugin on a Multisite / BuddyPress installation yesterday and it works perfectly. You can download the WP Email Login plugin for free from the WordPress plugin repository.


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An Update on the bbPress Plugin: RC4 Released with Multisite and BuddyPress Integration

Many users are there have been asking for updates on the status of the bbPress plugin. It is well on its way and with RC4 out today. The plugin is still pre-release but can now be used on live sites. This release candidate offers tightened integration with Multisite, BuddyPress, and Akismet.

Here’s what’s new with bbPress RC4:

BuddyPress 1.5 activity streams and @mention integration
Improved Akismet integration
Improved update process
Improved importer
Improved multisite integration
Improved spam/deleted user handling
Added blacklist_keys support
Added actions to topic/reply forms
Updated green admin color scheme for WordPress 3.2


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Introducing DeployMint: A Staging and Deployment System Made for WordPress Multisite

Having a separate staging environment for your WordPress site is important when you need to test and roll out some major changes. It can also be a lifesaver, if the staging environment is a decent copy of the production state. I’d like to introduce you DeployMint, a system for staging and deployment that was specifically created for use with WordPress Multisite.


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