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To use this plugin you will need to Network Activate it. The settings for this plugin will be found on the Main Site for the network. There are NO network admin options for this plugin.
In the dashboard of each of your main sites you’ll see a new menu item called Site Categories.
This is where you will set the options for the plugin. The sub-sites will all have a new menu option under the Settings tab called Site Categories. We will look at that one later. First let’s check out our new Site Categories menu.
We’re going to check out the Site Categories menu option first. (Doing it this way will help you to better see the options in the Settings menu option in a bit)
You may recognize the layout here. It’s your run-of-the-mill add categories menu, only for your site categories. Go ahead and add a few.
And that’s all for that part! Now lets go back to the Settings menu option and look around there.
This first section let’s you set the Landing Page and some Default settings. This plugin will integrate with Pro Sites if you have it installed.
The Landing Page drop-down lets you select where the Blog Categories output listing will be displayed. This works similar to the Settings > Reading option on a normal site. You simply pick an existing page form the drop-down.
The Number of Categories per Site let’s your site admin pick more than one category, but you can control how many total with this setting.
The Pro Site option that you see here will only show if you have Pro Sites installed, it lets you restrict the number of categories a Pro Sites site admin can choose. Note: There are no additional options in the Pro Sites menu, this is the only setting for Pro Site action.
The next section gives you options to control the display of your site categories listing page that you selected in the first meta box on the settings page.
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. You can set the display style, number of categories to see, whether to show avatars, how to order them, and even set the default category image. All your basic display options.
When a site visitor clicks on any one of these site categories they will be brought to a page that lists all of the blogs within this category. The next options box controls the display of that page.
All pretty simple stuff here too.
Now, check out the next awesome thing you get with this plugin: two REALLY cool widgets!
Both do exactly what they say, so you should have to troubles here. Let’s look at the settings for each!
Blogs from a single category Widget
Blog Categories Widget
And that’s it!
Now, here is where your site users will see and set their site categories from the Dashboard:
And that’s all folks!