Standard site options are those included in all WordPress MU installations irrespective of whether you install WPMU yourself or purchase an Out-of-the-box’ wp.mu.
This is where you can change your Site Name.
Site Admin Email
Insert the email address for your site admin. Ideally for business branding and online identity it’s best for this email to be sent from your domain name e.g. support.edutags.net. This needs to be set up first in your cPanel.
Allow new registrations
Determines who can create new usernames or blogs.
Your options are:
1. Disabled – all usernames and blogs must be created by site admin user
2. Enabled. Blogs and user accounts can be created – anyone can create blogs using your signup page (e.g. http://edutags.net/wp-signup.php).
3. Only user account can be created – anyone can create a username but all blogs must be created by the site admin user
4. Only logged in users can create new blogs – Users can create new blogs using your signup page but all usernames must be created by site admin user
If you enable users to create their own blogs and user accounts via a signup page you might want to Limited Email Registrations to specific domains to restrict who can signup.
Registration notification determines if site admin receives an email notification every time someone registers a blog or user account. On a large blogging site you would select No.
Add New Users
Add new users controls whether blog owners are allowed to add new users to their blog. The default setting is No.
Most circumstances you would allow blog owners to add new users.
This is the email that your users receive once they have activated their new blog or username.
For example, here is what the default welcome email for a new blog currently look like.
This email can be customized to provide more information about your business while also providing your users resources to help them use your site.
And here is how Edublogs has customized their welcome email:
Here is the text that was used to create the Welcome email:
This is where the text was added:
This is the hello post that appears on new blogs that are created on your site.
For example, here is what the default hello post for a new blog currently look like.
This welcome post can be customized to provide more information about your business while also providing your users resources to help them use your site.
And here is how Edublogs has customized their hello post:
This is where the text is changed:
You can ban specific names in WPMU so that no one can register with that username or blog details. By default, WPMU bans www web root admin main invite administrator. Examples of names you might add to banned names include ceo faq support.
Limited Email Registrations
Selecting the “Enabled. Blogs and user accounts can be created” option (Site Admin > Options – Allow new registrations) means anyone can create blogs using your signup page (e.g. http://edutags.net/wp-signup.php).
There are situations where you’ll want to restrict sign ups to specific email domains to limit who registers on your site. You do this by adding domains to the ‘limit email registrations’ section.
Banned Email Domains
Spammers can be a nuisance when you allow anyone can create usernames and blogs using your signup page (e.g. http://edutags.net/wp-signup.php). One way of reducing spammers is to ban email domains that are frequently used by spammers.
For example, banned emails domains on Edublogs include: wilemail.com, 21cn.com, pookmail.com, mailinator.com, disposableinbox.com, recclick.com.
Upload Media Buttons
By default WPMU, displays just the upload media button at the top of the Write Post/Page area which can be confusing to new users.
Displaying the upload images, videos and audio buttons can make it easier for them.
Blog upload space
This is the total blog storage space that can be used by files stored in the media library. The default of 10 MB can be quickly depleted by users if they upload lots of video, audio and image files.
Storage space allowance offered will be influenced by whether your site is a free or pay to blog service:
1. Totally free service: might restrict to between 20 – 100 MB depend on hosting plan and number of users
2. Fully pay to blog service: normally provide good blog upload space e.g. 5 GB
3. Pay for extra features services: more likely to restrict blog upload space for free users as an incentive for users to pay for service. For example, 20 MB for free users and 5 GB for users that pay
Upload File Types
By default, file types allowed on WPMU are jpg jpeg png gif mp3 mov avi wmv midi mid pdf.
File Types allowed on standard Edublogs blogs are jpg jpeg png gif doc pdf mp3 ppt wmv mp4 xls ins isf te xbk notebook m4a ist kmz kes mov flp avi swf wxr xml wav fjsw docx pptx xlsx xml m4v max kmz zip
Max upload file size
This is the maximum size of a file that can be uploaded to a blog. Default setting is 1500 KB. While this would be adequate for uploading images it isn’t for video and audio files.
Max upload file size of 20 MB is better suited for larger file sizes.
Admin Notice Feed
Admin Notices display an abstract of the latest post, using the feed from a blog, on the dashboard of all blogs on your site.
You probably wouldn’t use this feature with the Admin Messages and/or Admin ads plugin because these are also displayed in the similar location.
By default, your site admin user has the username admin however you can assign Site Admin access to other users by adding their username to the Site Admin field.
Be careful who you add as site admin users since they have control of your entire site including:
1. Manage the access and level of responsibility of all users
2. Manage blog features including access to plugins, themes and blog privacy settings
3. Batch create new users and new blogs
4. Edit posts, pages, comments on any blog
5. Reset passwords
Menus (Enable or disable WP Backend Menus)
WPMU default setting for plugins is disabled.
If you want users to be able to access regular plugins you first need to enable them site wide.
By default ‘Out-of-the-box’ wp.mu have the WPMU DEV Premium Supporter mu-plugin installed. The purpose of the supporter mu-plugin is to provide additional blog features that your user needs to pay for to access such as access to regular plugins, increased storage space, disable ads on blogs,
This means that your users need to become ‘Supporters’ before they can see the ‘Plugins’ tab and activate their plugin. However if you don’t want to use the ‘Supporters’ option on your site you can:
1. Disable supporter by removing the Supporter plugin from your wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory.
2. Or alternatively you can set the options in Site Admin > Supporter to give new users 365 free days as a ‘Supporter’ so that they can use plugins from the start.
See next: Premium site options