Multisite Plugin Manager: An Essential Free Tool for Every WordPress Network

The plugin formerly known as WPMU Plugin Manager is back and better than ever! It’s now called Multisite Plugin Manager and has been completely rewritten for WordPress 3.1. This is one of those tools that every multisite installation needs for managing plugin access permissions across a WordPress multisite network.


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Anti-Splog Now Available for Free Download in the WordPress Repository

Anti-Splog is the unrivaled plugin and service to stop and kill splogs in WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress. It goes far beyond any existing splog plugin for Multisite with its intelligent splog signup prevention and post-signup monitoring.

The big news today is that we’ve released Anti-Splog to the WordPress plugin repository so that more people can take advantage of its many layers of protection.

Here’s a quick visual introduction to how Anti-Splog works on your network:


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Add New Users to Your WordPress Multisite Network with a Handy Dropdown

WPMU Network Site Users Dropdown is a new tool for WordPress Multisite network administrators. It replacesthe input field for adding existing users to a site with a dropdown of usernames, so that you don’t have to remember or look up a user’s login name.

Here’s the original form:

This is how it will be updated if you install and activate the plugin:

If you’re managing a very active network, then the WPMU Network Site Users Dropdown plugin is bound to make it a little more convenient.


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Where to Download Old WPMU Core Files

Believe it or not, we get asked quite a bit where one might download the old WPMU core files. There are many sites that have not yet upgraded from WPMU 2.9.2 or are running on even older versions of WPMU. The page directs you to what seems to be the regular WordPress download page. Click on release archives. Now, scroll all the way down to the bottom and you will find old MU releases in the last section:

You can download a zipped file of any of the old mu releases that you need.


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Create Multiple Levels of Super Admins for WordPress Multisite

WordPress roles and capabilities are fairly rigid when it comes to the Super Admin – it’s all or nothing. What if you want to have a user be a super admin on a more limited basis? Extended Super Admins is your answer. It’s a plugin that allows you to revoke specific privileges from any Super Admin on the network.

Essentially, it allows you to create new roles within the site and then assign any Super Admin to that role, removing the privileges you’ve selected.


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Celebrate What’s New in WordPress 3.1 with Our Fabulous Downloadable Infographic

WordPress 3.1 was released today with a boatload of new features that will improve your overall experience with the platform every day. You’re going to have to upgrade to get in on all the fun, but it should be fairly painless.
What’s New With WordPress 3.1:
If you’re wondering what’s new, we’ve got you covered. In fact, our very own Tammie Lister has created a fancy infographic to highlight all the cool new features:

You can download this graphic for free in three versions: PDF, A4-sized PDF, Print-Quality JPG.
New Features Include:
Post Formats
Take control of your posts with brand new post formats

Theme Search


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Introducing Network: A Powerful Theme for WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress

You asked for it, and now it’s here – a theme that displays content from your WordPress Multisite network without you having to add and configure a bunch of plugins to make it work. Our newest Network Theme does everything for you, automatically and right out of the box.

But wait, that’s not all! The Network Theme is 100% compatible with BuddyPress sites and single installations of WordPress as well. Bend WordPress any way you want it with this theme and it’s still going to look fantastic.

Network Theme Features:


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Get Custom Login Logos for Each Multisite Network in Your WordPress Installation

Mark Jaquith recently created a plugin called Login Logo that makes it a snap to add a custom logo for the login page of your WordPress site. There’s no configuration whatsoever. Simply drop the logo file into your wp-content directory and make sure it’s named login-logo.png. The plugin handles it from there.

If you’re using the plugin with a WordPress Multisite installation with multiple networks, you can also use login-logo-network-{NETWORK ID}.png to assign a different login logo to each network. Login Logo also works in the mu-plugins directory for use on each of your sites.


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Remove Unwanted Plugins From Your WordPress Site

Have you ever deleted the “Hello Dolly” and “Akismet” plugins only to find them return when you upgrade the WordPress core? The Unwanted Plugins Remover helps you to keep your site lean and will remove Akismet and Hello Dolly upon each core upgrade. You can also extend the list of plugins removed by using a filter named unwanted_plugins_list.

Your upgrade process will look something like this:

Just a word of caution when you’re using WordPress Multisite: If all your sites/blogs don’t want the plugins you’re removing then it will work fine, but if not you may have a problem.


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Get Fixes to Annoying WordPress Bugs Quickly with the Hotfix Plugin

Tired of waiting for the next WordPress core release in order to get fixes to annoying WordPress bugs? Now you can get your hands on bug fixes early with the new Hotfix plugin.

Hotfix was created by WordPress core developer Mark Jaquith, partly to fix a rare bug that came with some security fixes in 3.0.5, but also in hopes of fixing selected future non-critical bugs as well. However, it is important to note:

This does not mean you can stop updating WordPress! It just means that you’ll get fixes faster.


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