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.
Setting up WordPress Multisite with GoDaddy hosting is more of an “If you have to…” situation, which means if you’re being compelled by a die-hard GoDaddy customer. I wouldn’t recommend GoDaddy hosting to anyone, but if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to work on it for someone else, here’s what to do:
1. Step 1: Enable Multisite
This is easy. You’ll add this to your wp-config.php file:
Step 2: Set the structure of your Multisite installation
WordPress has some fairly strong restrictions on usernames. By default, WordPress multisite usernames are restricted to lowercase letters and numbers. If you want to loosen the requirements, you’ll need to install a plugin.
Network Username Restrictions Override is a new plugin that allows your users to create more unique usernames with fewer restrictions.
Features of the Network Username Restrictions Override plugin include:
Adds network options to let you include hyphens, underscores, or uppercase letters
Gives you the option to allow email addresses as usernames
Gives you the option to allow all-numeric usernames (e.g. “1234”)
WordPress Multisite network administrators will love the handy new WPMS Sidebar Login Widget plugin. It pulls the user’s information and puts his blog info in front of him after he logs in.
The advantage of this login widget is that the user doesn’t have to try to remember the login address for his site. Once logged in the user will have links to his own dashboard, new post page, and profile page.
The WPMS Sidebar Login Widget is available for free from the WordPress plugin repository.
Network Administrators are going to be a little bit sad when they realise that their Network Admin/Site Admin button has been tucked away inside a dropdown menu in WordPress 3.2. Check out the image on the right to see where it is.
There are a few reasons why this isn’t such a good thing:
The presence of the button on the dashboard tells you quickly which dashboard you are on;
Network Admins on large networks need to quickly move around and one unnecessary mouse click is one too many.
Currently the default support for BuddyPress within WordPress Multisite is only for the main site. But what if you could have multiple social networks running on one WordPress installation, each having its own separate environment? BuddyPress enthusiasts have been asking for this feature ever since the plugin came on the scene. Now there’s a plugin for that!
While this series is intended to feature some of the most popularly known names in the WordPress community with their pets, this week we have decided to feature one of our favorite multisite communities. Tripawds Blogs is a user-supported blog community that helps to provide information, encouragement, community and support for owners of pooches who have had to undergo amputation.
Jim Nelson, the founder of the Tripawds, kindly agreed to answer a few of our questions about his unique community.
Why did you start this community in the first place?
We recently made our fancy WordPress PopUp plugin available for free in the WordPress plugin repository. The PopUp plugin is a highly effective tool for getting visitors connected to your mailing list or simply showing ads.
We are big fans of this plugin and have used it on wpmu.org to offer popover ads for WPMU DEV. Visitors who come to WPMU DEV via the popover ads view double the number of pages and stay doubly as long as visitors that come via Adwords.
Unconfirmed is a cool new plugin that will make your life as a multisite network admin much easier. It was written by Boone Gorges for use on the CUNY Academic Commons. The Unconfirmed plugin gives you the ability to manage unactivated users, by either activating them manually or resending the activation email.
Yes, it’s finally here. Granted it’s still in Beta 1, but you can now find the bbPress plugin in the WordPress repository. Download it for yourself and give it a test run.
Here’s what the bbPress team has been shooting for in this beta:
We’re keeping things as small and light as possible while still allowing for great add-on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system. What does all that mean? bbPress is lean, mean, and ready to take on any job you throw at it.
Here’s what comes built-in with 2.0:
Seamless integration with your WordPress site and theme