12 New Multisite Tools for Network Management in WordPress 3.0

Whether you’re new to WordPress Multisite or have been using it for years, you’ll want to check out these new tools written specifically for use with Multisite 3.0. Many of these plugins help to make your Multisite network more user friendly and easier to manage. You’ll also find greater levels of multisite-specific privacy options and CMS tweaks.

Moderate New Blogs

This plugin flags new blogs in SuperAdmin >> Sites as “Awaiting Moderation” so that you can leave site registration open and retain the ability to moderate new blogs. No registrations slip through without your approval.

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Toggle Meta Boxes

WordPress has quite a few options that many users don’t need and may never use. Simplify the Post, Page, Link, and Comment editing forms by toggling the meta boxes on or off through the plugin’s options. You can also toggle the Quick Edit buttons, Media buttons, Screen Options and Help links.

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Menus

This plugin lets you enable or disable WP3 Multisite backend menus. It adds options to toggle administration menus at Super Admin >> Optons page under “Menu Settings”. You’ll be able to disable the Deltete Blog, Permalinks, Import, Media Upload, Add Users and Themes menus to simplify the dashboard for users.

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Multisite Switcher

This plugin adds a simple dropdown menu in the administration header that allows you (and every site user) to switch between the administration of every site he is a member of (and so work for super-admin, admin, contributors,…).

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Proper Network Activation

This plugin improves network activation of plugins so that when activating or deactivating it triggers the de/activation hook on all sites in the network. It also triggers the activation hook for all active network plugins on that site when creating a new site.

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Multisite User Management

This plugin gives you the ability to assign users a default role for each of your sites. You can assign different roles for each site or no role if you want a site to be kept private.

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More Privacy Options

This plugin adds three more levels of privacy to the Options >> Privacy page: Blog visible to any logged in community member, blog visible only to registered users of blog, and blog visible only to administrators.

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Exclude Plugins

This plugin will allow you to selectively show or hide certain plugins from the normal WordPress user in Multisite, as opposed to showing or hiding all plugins at once.

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Activate Update Services

For some reason WordPress removes the Update Services ability (under Settings – Writing) when you create a Multisite network. Activate this plugin to get it back.

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WP Multi Network

Turn your multi-site installation of WordPress into many multi-site networks, all surrounding one central user base. WP Multi Network allows super admins to create new network collections of sites, allowing for infinitely extensible site, network, and domain arrangements.

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Enable Multisite

This plugin lets you enable Multisite in WordPress 3.0 without the process of digging into the code. After you install it takes just one click to turn it on Multisite functionality for your site.

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Blue Network Plugins

This plugin separates the network plugins from the rest and highlights them in blue at the very top. You’ll be able to see at a glance which plugins are operating sitewide.

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