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9.1 Dashboard

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The Branda Dashboard allows you to access every module from one screen.

Branda’s modules are organized into five functional groups:

Admin Area
Front End
Widgets
Utilities
Email

To access a specific module from the dashboard, locate the module’s functional group, and click the Edit Module link on the right. The module’s activation and configuration settings will appear, along with links to other modules within the same functional group. A status indicator next to each module will be blue if a module is active and clear if it is not.

Manage All Modules

Click the Manage All Modules button to access a bulk action feature that allows you to activate or deactivate any module from one screen.

Select All at the top of each column to select or deselect all the modules in that functional group, or click the boxes next to individual modules to select/deselect them. Click the Save Changes button to enact your changes.

View Documentation

Click the View Documentation button to access the Branda user’s guides.

Search

Use the search option to quickly locate individual modules from any of the five functional groups.

Frequently Used

The modules you use most often will appear here.

9.2 Admin Area

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Admin Bar

The Admin Bar module allows you to customize the admin bar logo, to create custom menus, to show or hide menus based on user roles and to reorder the admin bar menus. Click the Activate button to proceed.

LOGO

Replace the default WordPress logo in the admin bar with your own by clicking the Upload Image button and selecting an image from your media library or by uploading one from your computer. The new logo will appear in the toolbar on every page of the admin area and will link to the About WordPress menu.

TOOLBAR VISIBILITY

By default, the admin toolbar is visible only to logged in users, but you can make your custom admin bar menus available to logged out users. The default WordPress menus, such as My Sites, Comments, Updates, etc., will not display to logged out users, but if you enable logged out visibility, your custom menus will. Any custom menu item that links to a site admin page will require users to log in before redirecting them to the intended page. Click the Visible button to enable this feature.

With the toolbar menu hidden:

With the toolbar menu visible:

MENU ITEMS

Customize the Admin Bar menu by hiding menus, reordering them, or by adding your own custom menus. You can also choose what menus are visible to users based on their roles.

By default, all menus in the admin bar are in the “Show All” state, meaning all menus are visible to all users. You can hide a menu from all users, such as a default WordPress menu, or customize the menus available to each user. To do so, click the Hide Specific Items button.

Visibility

Select the menus you wish to hide, and then select which users should not see the selected menus. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to save that set of menus. Repeat this procedure as necessary to customize the menus available to each user. The Gif below demonstrates the effect of hiding all menus in the toolbar for a single user type.

Custom Entries

You can create multiple custom menus and position them in the toolbar along with the WordPress menus, or remove the WordPress menus and display your menus only. You can also determine which users see which menus. So, if you wish, you can create a unique set of menus that only authors see, another set for admins and so on for each user type. Let’s walk through creating a custom menu.

Click the Show button and then click the Add Custom Item button.

General Tab

Title – You can enter text into the title field or add an image URL if you want the menu represented by an image instead.
Icon – You can select an icon to accompany your menu from more than 200 icons are available in the drop-down menu.

NOTE: It is recommended that your set an icon for each menu main title, because only the menu icon is visible on mobile devices.

Link To – Choose whether the menu will direct users to your network’s main site, the current site, the WP Admin Area, or apply a custom URL. You can also choose to have no link, as might be the case if the title is just a parent label for a list of submenu links.
Open link in – If the menu title is linked, choose whether that link will open in the same tab or in a new one.
Discard Changes – This button will clear all the fields in the General tab.
Update– Click the Update button to save your menu.

Submenu Tab

Use the Submenu tab to create a multi-level menu. Click the Show button, then click the Add Custom Menu Item button, and then click the arrow on the right.

Title – Enter the navigation label you want to appear in the menu.
Open link in – Select whether the link will open in the same tab or a new one.
Link to – Choose where the link should direct users. If you choose Admin Page, enter a URL relative to your site’s admin URL. Choose Site Page to link to any page on your site. Choose External to link to another website.

Add Item – Click the +Add Item to add another submenu item. Repeat the steps above, and continue to add submenu items until your menu is complete.

Click the Apply button to add the submenu items to the main menu title you created previously.

Visibility Tab

By default, custom menus are visible to all logged in users. In the Visibility tab, select user types you want to see a given menu. Click the Show button if you want the menu to be visible on mobile devices. Clicking the Discard Changes button will clear all selections.

Click the Add button save your visibility settings.

Reorder Menu Items
Organize the Admin Bar menus to suit your needs by clicking the Reorder Menus button. Click the Restore Default Order button to revert the toolbar menus to their original order.

The toolbar menus agitate when the Reorder button is clicked. Drag the menus into your preferred order, and click the Save Changes button.

Custom CSS

Add custom CSS styles to the Admin Bar with this CSS customizer. Use the Admin Bar, Admin Bar Icon, and Menu Item selector buttons to isolate the aspect of the admin bar you wish to customize.

Admin Footer

The Admin Footer module allows you to replace the default WordPress footer with your own branded footer. Click Activate to proceed.

Create your footer using the post-type editor.

Your custom footer will display on the admin pages of every site in your network.

Admin Menu

The Admin Menu module allows you to enable the Link Manager, add custom tips to your admin pages, and show or hide the Permalinks option in the admin menu. Multisite admins can also remove the “Dashboard” link from the admin panel for users without a site. Click Activate to proceed.

DASHBOARD LINK

WordPress multisite installations include the option to remove the “Dashboard” link from the Admin menu for users who do not have an active site on the network. Click the Remove link for users without site button to enable the feature. This feature is only available and visible on a multisite network. With the dashboard link removed, users without a site will have access only to their profiles.

LINK MANAGER

Branda allows you to restore the WordPress Links Manager that was removed from the admin menu with WordPress version 3.5. The links manager allows you to add, modify, or remove links without having to manually modify the HTML source code.

Click the Enable link manager button to enable the link manager.

When enabled, the link manager is available under the “Links” tab in the admin menu for each site in your network. Click the Links tab, and a subpanel will display three options: All Links, Add New, and Link Categories.

All Links

If you select the All Links option, it will display a list of links.

Name – Name of the link and its description.
URL – URL (location) of the link
Categories – Categories that the link is in
Link Relationship (XFN) – All the fields in this panel are optional. XFN stands for XHTML Friends Network, and is a simple way to represent human relationships relevant to a particular hyperlink.
Visible – Indicates whether or not the link is visible to visitors on your site.
Rating – A Link rank, which can be used to sort links within Categories.

Add New

From the Links Manager options, click the Add New option to open the Add Link Subpanel. The multiple data fields, many of which are optional, are described below.

Name – This text will be shown on your blog screen for the link.
Web Address – The URI of the web page you’re linking to, including the “http://”
Description – This descriptive text will be put on the screen after the actual link. It will also be shown to the user as a “tool-tip” when they hover the cursor over a link.

Categories – Select the category for the link. Links can be put into multiple categories, and categories can be created in the Links Category panel.
Target – Specifies the target attribute that will be put onto the link’s tag when displayed on the screen, which tells where the page will appear if the user clicks on the link. There are three options:

_blank: open the link in a new window.
_top: if you’re using frames, open the link at the top level of the frame system
_none: open the link in the same window or frame (default).

Link Relationship – All the fields in this panel are optional. XFN stands for XHTML Friends Network and is a simple way to represent human relationships relevant to a particular hyperlink.
Advanced – The Advanced fields can add extra information to a link.

Image Address – An image to be displayed with the link. These are typically small images, similar to favicons.
RSS Address – URL of the RSS feed associated with the link, which will be displayed next to the link itself if your Template allows it.
Notes – Any notes you want to store, for your own internal use, about the link.
Rating – A ranking of the link, which can be used to sort links within the categories.

When you are satisfied with the settings, click the Add Link button to add the new link to your blogroll. You can hide a link by selecting Keep this link private.

Deleting Links

To delete a link, go to the Manage Links screen. From the table list of links, identify the link you wish to delete. Hover over this entry, click the Delete button and click Ok when asked to confirm the delete command.

Deleting a link makes a permanent change to your WordPress database, and deleted links cannot be recovered. A popup window with a confirmation should appear. Choose OK to delete the link or Cancel if you do not want to delete the link. Remember, this is the only chance you have. After making your choice, you will be directed back to the Manage Links page.

To delete multiple links select the checkbox on the left next to the links you want to delete, and then select Delete from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu and click Apply.

Link Categories

To delete multiple links select the checkbox on the left next to the links you want to delete, and then select Delete from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu and click Apply.

The Link Category panel allows you to add, edit, and delete categories. There must be at least one link category, with the default category being Blogroll. If you want to delete the Blogroll category, first create another link category to serve as a default.

The three pieces of information associated with each new link category include:

Name – Each link category name must be unique.
Slug – The category slug must also be unique.
Description – This is optional. Some themes take advantage of link category descriptions, others do not.

Once you’ve entered in all the information about your new link category, click the Add Category button save it.

Table of Link Categories

This Table lists all of your Link Categories by row. Link Categories are displayed alphabetically. A checkbox that when clicked (checked), selects that particular Link Category.

The Table of Link Categories contains the following columns:

Name – The name of the Link Category. Remember, each name must be unique. Click on the Name to edit the Link Category.
Description – Link Categories may have an optional description.
Slug – The unique slug for this Link Category.
Links – The number of Links which are members of the Link Category. Click on the number in the Links column to be directed to the Edit Links Screen to manage the Links in that Category.

Sorting Categories

Some column headings, such as the Name, Description, Slug, and Links, can be clicked to sort the Table of Link Categories in ascending or descending order. Hover over the column title to see the up-arrow or down-arrow. Click the heading to change the sort order.

Search Link Categories

Above the Table is a search box where you can enter a word or series of words, and click the Search Link Categories button to search and display the Link Categories meeting your search criteria.

ADMIN TIPS

Click the Enable Admin Tips button to add a “Tips” item to the admin menu of each site in your network. Users can create as many tips as they wish and, using the display filter, create unique tips for each page in the admin area. Tips can also be given a “Till” date, after which they will be automatically removed.

Your tips will display at the top of the page’s you select in the Where to display panel.

Click the Tips tab, and a subpanel will display two options Tips and Add New.

Click the Tips option to reveal a list of all tips currently in effect. Click the title of any tip to edit that tip. The Bulk Action feature allows you to delete multiple tips are once, and the date filter allows you to organize the tip list by their creation month. Use the Search feature to conduct keyword searches of all current tips.

Click the Add New option to reveal the Add New Tips editor, which is essentially the same as the WordPress post editor.

The Publish options allow you to save tips as drafts for later publication, to apply a password if you wish, or schedule a tip to be automatically published at a specified future point.

Click the OK button after setting your publishing preferences. Click the Publish button to publish a tip immediately. If you add a date for future publication, the Publish button will convert to a Schedule button, which you should click to schedule the tip’s publication.

The Where to display panel allows you to select on which pages a particular tip should appear.

Click the Till date field to reveal the calendar with which you can set a future date when you want the tip to be automatically removed.

PERMALINK

The Remove Permalinks Menu Item feature allows you to limit access to the Permalinks page of your site or sites within your network. When enabled, Permalinks will no longer be visible under the Settings tab in the Admin Menu.

By default, a link to the Permalinks Manager exists under the Settings tab.

Enable the Remove Permalinks menu item button to hide the permalinks manager.

Admin Message

The Admin Message module allows you to display a custom message on all your admin pages. Click Activate to proceed.

Use the post -type editor to create your custom message. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to save your message.

Your custom message will appear at the top of every site’s admin page until it is removed.

Color Schemes

The Color Schemes module allows you to control which admin panel color schemes will be available to users and set the default color scheme for new users. Click Activate to proceed.

Available Color Scheme
Branda provides several color schemes which can be selectively made available to users and one fully customizable color scheme with the default name “Branda”. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to save your changes. A brief guide to customizing the “Branda” color scheme is below.

Click the checkbox next to any color scheme you want to make available to users. At least one scheme is required, although multiple schemes can be selected.

Creating a custom scheme
Click the Customize Branda Scheme to reveal the Edit Color Scheme panel.

Edit Color Scheme
Use the Edit Color Scheme panel to create a custom color scheme for the admin sections of your main site and every site in your network.

When using the color pickers to customize your color scheme, click the color swatch on the left and choose a color from the palette, or enter a color hex code into the field provided. Click Update to save your changes.

General – Use the color picker to the choose a background color for the Admin Area.

Links – Use the color picker to choose the colors used to highlight the links on your sites. The default color will display on all functional links except those specifically assigned a unique color. The Delete/Trash/Spam and the Inactive plugin color will display on the corresponding types of links. Under the Hover tab, you can choose the color of links being hovered by a cursor.

Forms – Use the color picker to choose the color displayed when checkbox and radio buttons are enabled.

Core UI – Use the color picker to choose the color of all CORE UI buttons and button text. Under the Hover tab, you can choose the color of buttons being hovered by a cursor.

List Tables – Customize the colors of certain table elements, including the View Switch icon, the post comment count, and the color of alternating rows. Under the Hover tab, you can choose the color displayed when these elements are hovered by a cursor.

Admin Menu – Customize the static and interactive colors of the Admin Menu. All links in the default state will display the Static color. Choose colors for the Hover, Current, Current Hover, and Focus options to customize how Admin Menu links behave when interacted with.

Admin Bar – Similar to the Admin Menu above, links in their default state will display the Static color. Choose colors for the Hover, Current, Current Hover, and Focus options to customize how Admin Bar links behave when interacted with.

Media Uploader – Use the color picker to choose the colors of the elements of the media uploader panel.

Click the Apply button to save your custom palette.

Default Color Scheme
Use the drop-down menu to choose the default admin color scheme for new users. New users will be able to customize their admin color scheme whenever they wish unless you enable the Force Color Scheme option.

Force Color Scheme
Use the drop-down menu to force use a color scheme for all users that only network administrators can change.

Custom CSS

The Custom CSS module allows you to add custom CSS to the header of every admin page.

Use the CSS editor to edit the header stylesheet. Selector buttons are provided for some of the most common elements.

Bar – Applies custom CSS to the display properties of the admin bar
Content – Applies custom CSS to the dashboard container
Body – Applies custom CSS to elements within the dashboard container
Footer – Applies custom CSS to the footer displayed on the admin pages.
Menu – Applies custom CSS to the main Admin Menu located on the left of all admin pages
Menu Wrap – Applies custom CSS to the main Admin Menu wrapper

Click the Save Changes button to save your custom CSS.

Help Content

The Help Content module allows you to change the existing help content, add new help items, and/or add a sidebar to the help content. Click Activate to proceed.

Help Items
Click the Add Help Item button to begin creating a custom help menu.

Create your custom help item in the post-like editor, add media if you wish, and click the Add button to save. Repeat the process to create multiple help items.

Menu items can be reordered after they are created by dragging and dropping the menu blocks.

Help Sidebar
Add a sidebar within your custom help content with this editor. Enter the sidebar text and add media and links as desired. The sidebar will not appear if no content is added.

Your custom help content can be accessed by clicking the Help drop-down menu in the right corner of every admin page.

Settings
Click the Hide new help panels button to prevent your custom help items from appearing in the help menu, and instead show a generic guide to the Branda Dashboard.

Click the Keep the default help items button if you wish to merge your custom help menu with the default WordPress admin help menu, otherwise, the default menu items will not appear.

9.3 Front End

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Author Box
The Author Box module adds a responsive author box, inline or as a widget, at the end of your posts, showing the author’s name, biography, gravatar, post history, and social network profiles. Click Activate to proceed.

Author Box Widget
From the Admin Menu, go to the WordPress widget manager (Appearance > Widgets), and locate the Author Box widget. Drag and drop it in your theme’s footer widget space.

Inline Content
By default, the Author Box module allows you to display the author box as both an inline element or as a widget. Click the Disable button if you want to use the widget author box only.

Visibility
Select the post types that will display the author box. This option will affect the visibility of the author box widget as well as inline author box.

Social Accounts
Click the arrow next to Social Accounts and then click the Add Accounts button, to reveal the Add Social Accounts menu.

Social Accounts
From the menu of social networking platforms, select the social networking sites you want to allow authors to include in their profiles, and click Add Accounts to save your changes. You can delete added accounts using the trash icon to the right of each social network.

Your custom Author Box will appear at the bottom of posts and pages and will include a gravatar, bio, article count, and social media links, depending on your Author Box configuration.

Design
Click the arrow next to any element to reveal the customization options for that element.

Name and Bio
Author’s Name – Click Show to display the author’s name in the author box.
Link Name – Click Enable to link the author’s name to the author archive.
Number of posts – Click Show to display the number of posts written by the author in parentheses next to the author’s name.
Author bio – Click Show to display the author’s bio in the author box.

Avatar
Visibility – Click Show to display the author’s avatar in the author box.
Size – Adjust the size of the avatar by entering the preferred size, in pixels, into the field.
Corner radius – Adjust the roundness of the avatar’s container by entering the desired radius, in pixels, into the field. The lower the number, the sharper the corner.
Border Thickness – Adjust the thickness of the line surrounding the avatar by entering the desired size, in pixels, into the field.
Border Style – Click the arrow to reveal a drop-down menu from which you can choose the style of the line surrounding the avatar. Adjust the color of the border in the Color Scheme menu.

Latest Entries
Visibility – Click the Show button to display a list of the author’s most recent posts.
Entries Type – Click All if you want the list to include anything contributed by this author. Click Same as the current post type to filter the items included in the list by post type. With this feature enabled, when the author box accompanies a post, only posts will appear in the list, but not media, such as videos, etc. Conversely, when the author box accompanies a video, only videos contributed by the same author will appear in the list, but not other types of posts.
Number of entries – Enter the number of items you want to appear in the list.
Open link – Click the Same Tab if you want the entry list item, when clicked, to open the author archive in the same tab, and click New Tab if you want the archive to open in a new tab.
Entries title – Enter the title you want to appear above the list. Leave the field blank if you don’t want a title.

Social Accounts
Show – Click Show to display links to the author’s social network accounts.
Open link – Click New if you want the author’s social accounts to open in a new tab, or click The Same if you want them to open in the same tab.
Icon Style – Click Colors if you want the social account icons to display in color, and click Monochrome if you want them to display in black and white.
Position – Click Bottom, Top or Under avatar to indicate where you want the social icons to appear within the author box.

Colors
Click the arrow next to an element you wish to customize, and use the color picker to adjust the available color combinations. Click Reset at the bottom of this section to return the color combinations to their default state.

Name and Bio
Click the color swatches to open the color pickers, and choose the color you want applied to the author’s name and bio text. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the field provided. Click Select to confirm your choice.

Avatar
Click the color swatches to open the color picker, and choose the color you want applied to the border surrounding the avatar. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the field provided. Click Select to confirm your choice.

Latest Entries
Click the color swatches to open the color picker, and choose the color you want applied to the title of the Latest Entries list, and then do the same for the text color of the entries on the list. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the fields provided. Click Select to confirm your choice.

Social Accounts
Click the color swatches to open the color picker, and choose the color you want applied to the title of the background of the social accounts container. If you chose to display the social account icons in monochrome, you can apply a single color to all those icons with the monochrome color picker. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the fields provided. Click Select to confirm your choice.

Container
Click the color swatches to open the color picker, and choose the color you want applied to the title of the author box border and background. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the fields provided. Click Select to confirm your choice.

Custom CSS
For more advanced customization options use custom CSS. This will be added to the header of every Login page.

Use the preset element identifiers to ensure your customizations are properly applied.

List – Add a list to your author box.
Author Name – Customize how the author name displays in the author box.
Box Content – Customize the author box container.
Avatar – Customize the author’s avatar.
Social Media – Custom the container in which the social account icons display.

A custom author box with a little custom CSS.

Cookie Notice
The Cookie Notice module allows you to elegantly inform users that your site uses cookies and to comply with the EU cookie law GDPR regulations. Click Activate to proceed.

Cookie Notice Content
Use the editor to create a custom cookie notification that will appear to site visitors

Accept Button Text
Create custom text that appears in the button that users will click to accept the cookie policy.

Design
Click Top or Bottom to indicate where on the page you want the notification to appear.

Adjust the corner radius and cookie button border to customize the button’s appearance. The lower the number, the sharper the corner.

Click the arrow on the General tab to reveal the color picker which you can use to customize the colors of the cookie notice button text and background.

Click the arrow on the Accept Cookies Button tab to reveal the color picker which you can use to customize the color changes that occur when users interact with the Accept button.

Behavior and Expiry
Click Disable or Enable to determine if you want the page to reload without the cookies notification after acceptance.

Click Hide or Show to determine if the cookie notification should be shown to users who remain logged in to the site.

Click the Cookie expiry time drop-down menu to select how long a cookie should be stored.

Cookie Version
Enter a number in the Cookie Version field to assign a number to stored cookies. Changing the cookie version will invalidate previous cookies and require visitors to view and accept the cookie policy again.

DB Error Page
The Database Error Page module allows you to customize both the content of your DB Error message and your site’s behavior when a visitor encounters an error. Click Activate to proceed.

Copy Settings
This feature allows you to copy the logo and/or background images used elsewhere in Branda to this DB Error Page. Click Copy Settings, then select from the menu those items you wish to apply to your DB Error Page. Click Copy to add the elements to this page.

Preview
By Default, the preview feature is not available until you create your DB Error Page. To preview the page, create it, and save your changes, then click the preview button.

Content
Click the arrow next to the Logo and Background option, then use the upload image tools to add a logo and/or a background image. Enter a URL into the field provided if you want the logo, when clicked, to redirect visitors to another page. Add Alt Text is you so desire.

NOTE: You can add multiple background images to your DB error page that display in a slideshow. Customize the behavior of multi-image backgrounds in the Design section.

Custom Error Message
Enter a custom title in the field provided, if you wish, and create your custom error message in the editor.

Social Accounts
Click the arrow next to Social Accounts to add social network sites to your custom error message. Click Add Accounts. From the menu of social networking sites, select the accounts you wish to add, and click Add Accounts. You can delete added accounts using the delete icon to the right of each social network.

DB Error Page Design
Click the arrow to the right of the area of the message you wish to modify to reveal the design customization options for that area. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to preserve your modifications or Reset to return the elements to their default settings.

Logo
Width – Enter the width you wish the logo to be displayed.
Opacity – Enter the the desired opacity of the logo.
Position – Select whether you want the logo to appear in the left or right corner or centered within on the page.
Margin – Enter the preferred page margins.
Corner radius – Adjust the roundness of the avatar’s container by entering the desired radius, in pixels, into the field. The lower the number, the sharper the corner.

Background
Multiple Images Mode – This mode only applies if you uploaded multiple background images. Select Slideshow if you wish the images to display and transition in a classic slideshow, and select Random if you want the images to display and transition in random order.
Background Size – Choose whether and how the background image is resized to fit within the page container.
Cover – Resize the image to cover the entire container, even if it has to stretch the image or crop some off one edge.
Contain – Resize the background image to make sure the image is fully visible.
Auto – The background image is displayed in its original size.
Length – Set the image to a specific width and height.
Horizontal background position – Choose whether the image should be oriented on the left, right or centered on the page.
Vertical background position – Choose whether the image will be oriented on the top, bottom or centered on the page.

Error Message
Choose a flush left, flush right or centered justification for the error page message.

Social Accounts
Show – Select Show to display the social network accounts you added in the Content section.
Open Link – Select New if you want the social network links to open in a new tab, or select The same if you want them to open in the current tab.
Icon Style – Select Color if you want the social network icons to display in color, or select Monochrome if you want them to display in black and white.

Content Wrapper
Enter the width of the page’s main content wrapper. All other settings will be applied relative to and within this wrapper. Use the Corner Radius field to adjust the roundness of the avatar’s container by entering the desired radius, in pixels, into the field. The lower the number, the sharper the corner.

Reset
The Reset button will return all design settings to their default state.

Colors
Click the arrow to the right of the content area you wish to modify to reveal the color picker for that area.

Logo and Background
Click the color swatches to open the color pickers, and choose the colors you want applied to the logo and background. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the field provided. Click Select to confirm your choice.

Error Message
Click the color swatches to open the color pickers, and choose the colors you want applied to the title and error message text. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the field provided.

Content Wrapper
Click the color swatch to open the color picker, and choose the color want applied to the background of the DB Error Page. You can also enter the Hex Color Code in the field provided.

Custom CSS
Add custom CSS to the DB Error Page for more advanced customization. Custom CSS will override customizations made elsewhere in this module. Preset identifier and selector buttons have been provided to simplify CSS customization.

.overall – Customize the page background.
.page – Customize the area surrounding the Error Message content. This area is where your custom logo will appear, if one has been added.
.content – Customize the Error Message container, including the message itself, if you wish.
#social – Customize the Social Accounts container.
#logo – Customize the logo container. Typically, a custom logo fills the container, but with custom CSS you can create a larger container and customize the area around the logo.

Send DB Error alert email
Click Enable and enter an email address into the field provided if you want to be notified by email each time a DB error is triggered.

Document
The Document module allows you to add custom content that appears at the beginning and/or the end of content on every page or post and to modify the appearance and behavior of image galleries on your site. Click Activate to proceed.

Custom Entry Content (Before and/or After)
Click the arrow to the right of the Before and After content options, and click the Enable button to open the editor. Create the custom content you wish to appear before and/or after your page content, and click the Save Changes button.

Your Before and After Content might look something like this.

Shortcode (Gallery)
This feature allows you to standardize the image gallery shortcode for every site in your network. These settings will override any shortcode created by local site admins.

Order
Open the Order settings panel by clicking the arrow to the right. These settings will affect how image gallery thumbnails are displayed.

Sort by
Do not change – Image gallery thumbnails will be sorted based on the settings applied by local site admins.
Images order set in gallery tab – Sorts images using the default WordPress gallery setting.
Title – Sorts gallery images alphanumerically by title.
Date/Time – Sorts gallery images by the time and date stamp.
Randomly – Gallery images display in random order.
ID of Image – Sorts images using their Image ID numbers.

Sort Order
Do not change – Image gallery thumbnails will be ordered based on the settings applied by local site admins.
Ascendant – Image gallery thumbnails are displayed in ascendant order. This is the default WordPress setting.
Descendant – Image gallery thumbnails are displayed in descendant order.

Design
Enter the number of columns in which images will be displayed, and choose the size of those images.

Do not change – Displays images in the sizes set by local site admins.
Thumbnail – 150px square. This is the default WordPress setting for gallery images.
Medium – 300px square
Large – 1024px square
Full – Images appear at the size they were when uploaded.

Content
You can customize the HTML tags that, when applied via shortcode, change how images are displayed and whether they are accompanied with icons and captions. The default WordPress tags are:
itemtag=””dl”
icontag=”dt”
captiontag=”dd”
This feature allows you to change those tags to something that works better for you.

Click the arrow to the right of the HTML option to customize the tags used to enclose your gallery images, thumbnails and captions.

Footer Content
The Footer Content module allows you to place custom footers on every page of your main site, and if you wish, on every page of every site in your network. Click Activate to proceed.

Content
Use the editor to create your custom footer content.

Design
Click Auto to allow the footer content to determine the height of the footer container, or click Custom and set a fixed container height, in pixels, using the field provided.

Colors
Use the color picker to set the footer Background and Text colors.

Click the color swatch on the left and choose a color from the palette, or enter a color hex code into the field provided. Click Select to save your changes.

Settings
Click Enable under Integrate into theme footer to display your custom content in your theme’s footer element. Click Enable under Parse Shortcodes to customize the footer with shortcodes.

Multisite Configuration
To use the same footer you created for your main site on all of your network sites, click Same as Main Site, and the same footer will appear on every page of every site in your network.

If you wish to create a different footer for your network’s subsites, click Insert Different Content, and configure the Content, Design, and Settings options just as you did for the main site footer.

Header Content
The Header Content module allows you to place custom headers on every page of your main site, and if you wish, on every page of every site in your network. Activate the module from the Branda dashboard by locating the Front-end functional group and clicking the Edit Module link to the right of “Header Content”. After configuring your custom header content, click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to save your changes.

Use the editor to create your custom header content, and the Design and Color options to customize the look of your custom header. The Settings options allow you to merge your header content with the theme’s header, and to enable shortcode parsing.

Multisite Configuration
The Header Content module on multisite WordPress installations consists of two panels: the Main Site panel and the Subsite panel. Refer to the instructions in the paragraph above to configure your Main Site custom header content. To use the same header you created for your main site on all of your network sites, click the Same as Main Site button, and the same header will appear on every page of every site in your network. If you wish to create a different header for your network’s subsites, click the Insert Different Content button, and configure the Content, Design, and Settings options just as you did for the main site header.

Login Screen
The Login Screen module allows you to customize the default login screen using a WPMU DEV template or from scratch. Activate the module from the Branda dashboard by locating the Front-end functional group and clicking the Edit Module link to the right of “Login Screen”. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to save your custom login screen.

What feature of the Login Screen module would you like to customize?

Copy the settings from my custom DB Error Page, and apply them to my Login Screen
Choose a template to replace the default WordPress login screen
Customize my login screen from scratch, beginning with a custom logo and background image(s)
Customize the content of my login screen, including the content of the login form, error messages and links
Customize the colors of the login screen, login forms, links, error message and login form canvas
Customize the redirection behavior following successful logins and logouts
Apply CSS to achieve advanced customization

Copy DB Error Page
To ensure thematic consistency, you can apply the same logo and/or background images used to create your custom DB Error Page to your custom Login Screen. Click the Copy Settings button, then selecting from the menu those items you wish to apply to your Login Screen. Click the Copy button to apply the changes.

Login Screen Template
Click Choose a Template to select a template, and click Continue to save your choice. If you choose not to use a template, use the Content, Design and Color panels to build your login screen from scratch. Click the arrow next to any item to access that item’s customization options.

Login Screen Logo and Background
Use the upload image tool to add a logo and/or a background image. Enter a URL into the field provided if you want the logo, when clicked, to redirect visitors to another page. Add alt text to assist screen readers and allow search engines to better crawl and rank your website.

Login Screen Form
Customize the login form displayed within your login screen using the form options. Enter custom labels for your login screen fields and button, choose whether to add a Remember Me option, and even whether to add a background image to the screen’s login fields.

Error Message
Use the Error Message options to customize the text that will display when a user enters incorrect text into a field or fails to enter anything at all.

Form Canvas
The Form Canvas options allow you to customize the position, width, height, padding and margin of the login canvas relative to the rest of the login screen.

Links Below Form
The Links Below Form options allow you to display or hide the lost password link, “Back to” link, and whether to provide a link to your site’s privacy policy.

Login Screen Design
Use the Design options to adjust the appearance of the Logo, Background, Form and Error Messages displayed when users interact with your login screen.

The Logo options allow you to adjust the position, width, height, and margins of your logo and the look of its container.

Background options allow you to adjust the design and behavior of your login screen’s background images. You can create a slideshow of multiple background images, and adjust those images’ size and position.

The Form options allow you to customize the look of the login form container by adjusting its border, margins, button style, and the fit of the background image if you chose to add one.

The Link Below Form options allow you to customize the alignment of the any links added to the form.

The Form Canvas options allow you to customize the look of the login form canvas by adjusting its position, width, height, padding, and margins.

Login Screen Color
Use the color pickers to modify the default color of the background, login form, error messages, links and canvas.

Login Screen Redirection
Enter the URLs redirecting users following a successful login or log out.

Login Screen Custom CSS
Use the CSS editor to achieve advanced customization options. Your custom CSS will be added to the header of every Login page.

Signup Screen
The Signup Screen module allows you to restrict user and blog registrations to the users with a specific signup code. Activate the module from the Branda dashboard by locating the Front-end functional group and clicking the Edit Module link to the right of “Signup Screen”. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to save your custom signup screen.

Select the With Signup Code option to require users to obtain a code before registering with your site. Select Anyone if you do not wish to requires codes.

Case matching
If you choose to require signup codes, choose whether or not those codes will be case sensitive.

Signup Code
Enter the text that users must enter in order to successfully register.

Field Label
Enter the text that will appear as a label above the signup code field.

Field Description
Enter the text, typically a description or instructional text, you wish to appear under signup code field.

Error Message
Enter the text you wish to appear if a user enters an incorrect signup code. This text will appear under the signup code field.

Site Status Pages (Multisite Only)
The Site Status Pages module applies to multisite networks only. Use the module to create a default error page to display when network sites are deleted, archived, have become inactive or spammed. Activate the module from the Branda dashboard by locating the Front-end functional group and clicking the Edit Module link to the right of “Site Status Pages”. Click the Save Changes button at the top of the module to save your custom settings.

Copy Login Screen Settings
To ensure thematic consistency, you can copy the logo and/or background images from other pages you’ve created and apply them to your default status page. Click the Copy Settings button, then select from the menu those items you wish to apply to your the page. Click the Copy button to complete the copy process.

Suspended, Archived or Deleted Pages
Click the Enable/Disable button beneath the Suspended/Archived label to apply or remove a custom error page from sites which have been suspended or archived on your network. Click the Enable/Disable button beneath the Deleted label to apply or remove a custom error page for sites which have been deleted from your network.

Add Custom Content
Adjust the content of your default error page by adding a logo, background image, custom error message, and links to social accounts

Click the arrow to the right of “Logo and Background”, and use the image uploaders to add a custom logo and background image. You can add multiple background images and create a slideshow using the Design panel below. Add the URL of the page to which visitors will be redirected when the logo is clicked. Add the desired Alt Text to assist web readers and search engines crawl your site.

Error Message
Click the arrow next to “Error Message”, and use the post-type editor to create your custom message.

Social Accounts
To add social network sites to your default site status page, click the arrow next to “Social Accounts”, and then click the Add Accounts button. From the menu of social networking sites, select the accounts you wish to add, and click Add Accounts. You can delete added accounts using the trash icon to the right of each social network.

Customized Design
The Design panel allows you to tweak the design of elements on your default status page, such as adjusting the size and position of elements and creating a slideshow of background images.

Social Accounts
Click the arrow next to “Social Accounts” to choose whether social icons, when clicked, open in the current tab or in a new one. You can also choose whether the icons will be monochrome or color.

Content Wrapper
Click the arrow next to “Content Wrapper” to modify the width and corner radius of the content wrapper displayed on your default status page.

Color settings.
Use the color pickers to select the color combinations to be used with the various elements on your default status page.

Custom CSS
Use the CSS editor to apply advanced customization to your default status page.

9.4 Widgets

Link to chapter 4

Branda Widget modules allow you to customize the default WordPress dashboard widgets or add custom feeds to the WordPress dashboard, and to customize the front end Meta widget to match your branding. Click Activate to proceed.

Dashboard Feeds
Click Activate to proceed.

When entering the Dashboard Feed module for the first time you will be prompted to create your first feed. Click the Add Feed button to proceed.

 

Add a Feed
The Add Dashboard Feed panel contains three tabs, General, Display, and Visibility. The information required to create a feed is entered in the General tab.

General
Enter your feed’s site URL, title and the feed URL, then click the Add button to add the feed to your dashboard.

 

Display
In the Display tab enter the number of items you want to display from a feed.  Click Except or Full Content to determine how much of any feed item to display, and click Hide or Show to control the display of author names. Hide or Show the creation date of feed items by clicking the corresponding button.

 

Visibility
Click the Hide/Show buttons to control whether a feed is displayed on the dashboard of a single site or on the dashboards of every site in a network.

A Custom Feed as it appears on the dashboard.

 

 

Dashboard Widgets
The Dashboard Widgets module allows you to replace the default WordPress dashboard widgets with your own custom content and to create a custom dashboard welcome message,  Click Activate to proceed.

Widget Visibility
Choose the widgets which you want to remove from all the dashboards on your network. Note that any feeds you added in the Dashboard Feeds module will appear here, along with the default WordPress widgets. Select the widgets you wish to remove from your dashboard by clicking the corresponding checkbox.

 

Dashboard Welcome
You can customize the default WordPress welcome message that appears to new users by adding your own message, images, and links.

Use the post-type editor to customize the welcome message. First, choose whether you want to allow shortcode parsing within the welcome message or not; but be careful, as it can break compatibility with themes with UI builders. Click the Add button to save your changes.

 

Text Widgets
Quickly add text widgets with your custom content to the WordPress dashboard by clicking the Add Text Widget button.

 

Craft your message in the General tab using the post-type editor.

 

In the Visibility tab, click the Show/Hide button to display or hide text widgets as needed.

 

Meta Widget
Use the custom meta widget module to rebrand the default meta widget in all multisite blogs with one that has the “Powered By” link branded for your site.

Activating the Meta Widget module will replace the “WordPress.org” link in the meta widget with your website’s title that links back to your site. Deactivate the module to return the Meta Widget to its default state.

 

With the Meta Widget module enabled the link to WordPress.org is replaced with a link to your site. The image below shows the default widget on the left, and on the right the widget

 

9.5 Settings

Link to chapter 5

Branda 3.0 Settings include accessibility, data preservation, and import/export functions.

Accessibility
Click Enable High Contrast Mode to increase the visibility and accessibility of Branda elements and components to meet WCAG AAA requirements. When enabled, High Contrast Mode only effects elements within the Branda UI.

High Contrast Mode adds a black fill to some elements to improve their visibility.

Data
The Branda 3.0 Data tools control how your Branda settings and other data are handled when you export or uninstall the plugin. Settings refer to the module configurations, while Data includes transient bits created over time, such as logs, frequently used modules, last import/export time, and other pieces of information.

Uninstallation
In the event you want to uninstall Branda, but may want to reinstall it at a later time, click the Preserve button to save your configurations, so they may be quickly reapplied when you reinstall the plugin. If you wish to reset all configurations to their default state, click the Reset button.

Branda creates logs, frequently used modules data, last import/export time, and other pieces of information that you may find useful. Click the Keep button if you wish to preserve this data when you uninstall the plugin, or click the Remove button if you don’t want the data preserved. Multisite admins should note that this option only affects the main site’s data. Click the Delete Subsites Data button to delete network subsite data before uninstalling the plugin.

Reset
Click the Reset button to return all modules to their default state, without eliminating any data generated since the original installation or last reset.

Export
The Export tool allows you to export your Branda configurations into a JSON file to apply to another website. Click the Include debug info if you want to include debug information in the export file. Click the Export button to create the JSON file.

Import
The import tool allows you to upload a JSON file and import Branda settings from another website. Use the file uploader to load the JSON file, and click the Import button to apply the setting to the Branda plugin installed elsewhere.

9.6 Utilities

Link to chapter 6

Branda Utilities modules allow you to control comments, blacklist or whitelist IPs, add tracking codes, override image upload filesize limits, and brand any site within your network with your own favicon. The Website Mode module allows you to create custom Coming Soon and Maintenance pages.

Comments Control
The Comments Control module allows you to disable the comments on posts, pages or on your entire website. Multisite networks can whitelist IPs for which comments will not be throttled. Click Activate to proceed.

By default, comments are enabled for all sites. To disable comments on all sites, click the Disable button, and then click the All button. To disable comments by post type, Click the Certain Post Types button to access the list of post types, then select the post types for which you wish to disable comments.

IP Blacklist (Multisite Only)
Those running Branda on a multisite network can create an IP Blacklist with this feature. To blacklist an IP, click IP Blacklist, and enter the IP address into the blacklist field. IPs can be delineated by commas or by adding one IP per line. Both IPv4 and IPv6 are supported. IP ranges are also accepted in this format: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx-xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx.

IP Whitelist (Multisite only)
Multisite networks have the option to whitelist selected IPs. To whitelist an IP, enter the IP address into the whitelist field. IPs can be delineated by commas or by adding one IP per line. Both IPv4 and IPv6 are supported. IP ranges are also accepted in this format: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx-xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx.

Images
The Images module allows you to override the favicon defined on individual sites in your network, replacing it with a favicon of your choosing and also to override the default image filesize limit for some users. Click Activate to proceed.

Favicon
If you wish to override the favicon defined in the WordPress customizer, use the image uploader to add the preferred favicon, and then click the Override button. Click the X to the right of the image if you want to change or delete the uploaded image.

Multisite Favicons (Multisite only)
Use the Main Site image uploader to add a favicon for your main site. To use that same favicon on all the subsites in your network, click the Main Site’s Favicon button beneath the Subsites label.

To add custom favicons for each site, click the Custom button, and type the name of the subsite into the field provided. Click the Add button, and use the image uploader to add a custom favicon for that site.

In this way, you can add a custom favicon for each site in your network. Delete a favicon by clicking the trash symbol on the right.

Image Filesize Limits
Click the Override upload limit button. You can now set your own limit on the upload size of images. For each user type, edit the numeric value field on the left, and choose a unit of measurement (b, Kb, Mb) from the menu on the right.

Site Generator
The Site Generator module allows you to change the “generator information” and “generator link” from WordPress to your own brand or whatever you prefer. Click Activate to proceed.

In the fields provided, enter the text, link, and version information you want to display instead of the default WordPress text.

Text Replacement
Replace any text from your admin pages and/or front-end pages with this easy to use, find and replace-like interface. For example, you can use this tool to replace the word “WordPress” with your own website name throughout your website, even when it appears in links. Click Activate to proceed.

Each piece of text you wish to replace requires a rule, and you can create as many rules as you need. The first time you access the Utilities module, you will be prompted to add a rule. Create a rule by clicking the Add Rule button.

Find Text – Enter the text you wish to be replaced.
Replace with – Enter the text you wish to appear in place of the the text entered in the Find Text field.
Text domain – If you are using a text domain, enter the text domain identifier in the “Text domain” field. Below the text domain field is a link to the WordPress codex file on that subject.
Scope – Determines what pages will be affected by the rule. Apply the rule to All Pages, Admin Pages or Front-end Pages, by clicking the corresponding button.
Case matching – Apply case sensitivity to your rule by clicking the Case Insensitive and Case Sensitive button as needed.
Link Text – If the rule you are creating is intended to change link text, click the Include button. Replacing link text with this Text Replacement tool will not interfere with the link’s functionality.

Tracking Codes
The Tracking Codes module allows you to insert tracking code into your website at different locations, such as within the, after, or before. There is also an option to insert code on the whole website or insert it conditionally. Click Activate to proceed.

The first time you access the Tracking Codes module, you will be prompted to add your first tracking code. Click the Add Tracking Code button to proceed.

Add Tracking Code
Note there are two tabs, General and Location, and both should be configured to acquire the best possible data.

General Tab
Click the Inactive/Active button to enable or disable a tracking code as needed. Enter a title for this code insertion, paste the code into the HTML editor, and click the Insert button.

Location Tab (Filters)
Under the Location tab, click the appropriate button to indicate where your code should be inserted, and click the Enable/Disable button to indicate whether you want location filters enabled. With location filters enabled, click the User field, and choose the users or user status for which this code will apply. You can apply the filter to multiple users for each code insertion.

Click the Authors field to choose a specific user and author for which this code will apply. This filter will apply only on single entry post types.

Click the Content field to choose the content types for which this code will apply. You can apply multiple content types for each code insertion.Click the Insert button to save the insertion.

Website Mode
The Website Mode module creates quick and easy Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode pages.The tool is designed to create a Coming Soon page for sites that are under construction, after which the Maintenance page exists to be activated during periods when a site is offline for any reason. The pages do not exist simultaneously.

Configuration
Click the Coming Soon or Maintenance button, depending on the type of page you wish to create. If your working within a multisite network, click the All Sites button to display the page for every site in the network. Click the Selected Sites button to apply the page to only specific sites. Enter the name of a subsite you wish to add to the list, and click Add. Repeat the process for every subsite you wish to add to the list.

Content
If you wish to add a logo or background image to the page, click the arrow to the right of “Logo and Background” to reveal a configuration panel. Use the image uploaders to add a custom logo. Add a URL in the field provided if you want the logo to open another page when clicked. Add any desired Alt Text in the field provided.

Background image
Use the image uploader to add a background image or multiple background images if wish to display a slideshow. Add the URL of the page to which visitors will be redirected when the logo is clicked. Add the desired Alt Text to assist web readers and search engines crawl your site. For best results, image should have a minimum width of 1024px.

Error Message
Click the arrow next to “Error Message”, and use the post-type editor to create your custom message.

Countdown Timer
If you wish to display a countdown timer on the page, click the arrow next to “Countdown Timer”, then click the Show button. Enter a “Till Date” and “Till Time”, and the page be disabled at that time, displaying your intended landing pages instead.

Social Accounts
To add social network sites to your Coming Soon or Maintenance page, click the arrow next to “Social Accounts”, and then click the Add Accounts button. From the menu of social networking sites, select the accounts you wish to add, and click the Add Accounts button. You can delete added accounts using the delete icon to the right of each social network.

Design
The Design panel allows you to tweak the design of elements on your Coming Soon or Maintenance page. Click the dropdown arrow to the right of Logo to customize that element’s display properties. Use the fields provided to set the width, opacity, position on the screen, margins and corner radius.

Click the dropdown arrow to the right of Background to customize how background images are displayed. If you uploaded multiple background images, they will display in a slideshow. Click Slideshow or Random to choose how those images are displayed, and enter a duration (in seconds) that each image will be displayed before the next image appears.

Determine the size and position of the background image by clicking one of the following buttons:

Cover – Resize the background image to cover the entire container, even if it has to stretch the image and crop a small part of one edge.
Contain – Resize the image as necessary to ensure the entire image is visible.
Auto – The background image is displayed in its original size.
Length – Set the width and height of the background images.

Adjust the horizontal and vertical position by selecting one of the presets — flush left, center or flush right — or set a custom position by entering numeric values in the field provided. The number you enter should reflect how many “degrees from center” you wish to move the image. The default unit of measurement is percentage, but you can change that to pixels, em or rem by clicking the gear icon and selecting your preferred unit of measurement.

Click the arrow next to “Countdown Timer” to choose the style of the countdown timer displayed on your page.

Social Accounts
Click the arrow next to “Social Accounts” to reveal the configuration panel. Click the High/Show button to display or hide social icons on the page. Click New or The Same to determine whether social icons, when clicked, open in the current tab or in a new one. You can also choose whether the icons will be display in monochrome or color.

Content Wrapper
Click the arrow next to “Content Wrapper” to modify the width and corner radius of the content wrapper displayed on your Coming Soon or Maintenance page.

Custom CSS
Use the CSS editor to apply advanced customization to your Coming Soon or Maintenance page. CSS applied here will only affect these two pages. Preset class selector buttons are provided for each of customizable area.

Overall – Apply CSS to both the Coming Soon and Maintenance pages.
Page – Apply CSS to a specific page,
Clock – Apply CSS to the Countdown Timer.
Content – Apply CSS to the Error Message displayed on the page.
Social Media – Apply CSS to the displayed social account icons.
Logo – Apply CSS to the uploaded custom logo.

9.7 Email

Link to chapter 7

Email Template
The Email Module will help you stop sending “text only” system emails from your website, and allows you to send SMTP emails, which greatly reduces your email rejection rate.

Select a pre-designed email template, or add your own HTML template, and create a system email that

Choose a template
The first time you activate the Email module, you will be prompted to choose an email template. Select a template, or select Start from Scratch, if you want to build your own template, and then click Continue. You can change your template choice at any time by clicking the Choose a Template button.

HTML Editor
Use the HTML editor to customize your chosen email template or create one from scratch. You can use the variable buttons provided to insert dynamic data into your template.

Message – This identifies the message content of the email.
From Name – This is the name that appears in the From field of your system emails.
From Email – This is the email address from which your system emails are sent.
Admin Email – This is the administrative email address to which you want email-related notifications sent.
Sidebar Title – This is the title you wish to display in the sidebar of the email template.
Blog URL – Presumably, this is the URL of the website sending the email, although you can enter any URL you wish.
Blog Name – The name of the sending blog or website.
Blog Description – The site description you want included in the email.
Date – The date appearing in the content of the email.
Time – The time appearing in the content of the email.

From Headers
The “Email From” settings determine the default email address for all of your site’s outgoing emails, as well as the sender name that appears in those emails. Enter the email address and sender name in the fields provided, and click the Save Changes button.

Return-Path
The Return-Path is the email address where email notifications, such undeliverable notices, will be sent. It may be the same address as the From Header, but you may wish notices sent to an email set up specifically to receive them. In that case, enter the email address in the field provided, click the Save Changes button.

Registration Emails (Multisite Networks Only)

NOTE: You must enable user and site registration in Network Settings before you can create your custom email notifications. Attempting to do otherwise will trigger the error messages below. Both messages contain a link to your Network Settings. Once user and site registration are enabled, return to and refresh this page, and then you can begin configuring your custom email notifications. It is also recommended that you configure your SMTP credentials before sending emails.

Network Settings
Registration Settings
Click the radial button next to “Both sites and user accounts can be registered”.

Click the Registration Notification radial button if you want the system admin to be notified by email every time a new site or new user is registered on your network.

Click the Add New Users checkbox to allow site administrators to add new users to their sites.

With new user and site registration enabled, you can now configure the Multisite Email Registration module.

Registration Emails
The MultiSite Registration Email module allows you to customize email notifications generated when new users and new sites are added to your network. Click Activate to proceed.

Custom Email Notifications
Once you have configured your Network Settings, you can now customize the emails that will be automatically generated when new sites or new users join your network. Note the presence of php code, such as [%1$s] and %2$s and %s, in the sample emails provided. You may edit the sample text as you wish, but do not alter the php. Doing so will prevent the email from displaying properly.

New Blog
To customize the email generated when a new blog is published, click the button enabling Customize new blog notification email. If you want, replace the word “Activate” with a custom subject line. Do not edit the php surrounding the subject line.

Likewise, you can change the text in the Email Body field to whatever you prefer, but do not editing the existing php.

Click Reset if you want to return the customization fields to their default states.

User Sign-up
To customize the email generated when a new user signs up on your network, click the button enabling Customize new user sign-up email. If you want, replace the word “Activate” with a custom subject line. Do not edit the php surrounding the subject line.

Likewise, you can change the text in the Email Body field to whatever you prefer, but do not editing the existing php.

Click Reset if you want to return the customization fields to their default states.

Site Activation
To customize the email generated whenever a new site is registered on your network., click the button enabling Customize new site activation email. If you want, replace the words“New Site” with a custom subject line. Do not edit the php surrounding the subject line.

Likewise, you can change the text in the Email Body field to whatever you prefer, but do not editing the existing php.

Click Reset if you want to return the customization fields to their default states.

Click Save Changes at the top of the module to save your customizations.

SMTP Setup
The SMTP Module allows you to configure your email settings to support sending emails via a SMTP server. This will prevent your outgoing emails from going into the junk/spam folder of the recipients. Use the Send Test Email button to send yourself a test email after completing and saving your configurations. Click Activate to proceed.

NOTE: You will need gather some information from your email host before configuring the SMTP email module. This includes the host name of your mail server (for example: smtp.gmail.com) , the encryption type (typically SSL), and your host server’s SMTP port. You will also have to make changes to the settings of your webmail service (Gmail, G-Suite or Outlook.com) or client application (Outlook, Apple Mail) in order to send domain emails from another email account.

From Headers
The “From Headers” settings determine the default email address for all of your site’s outgoing SMTP emails. Enter the email address that emails should be sent from.

Enter the name you want to appear on emails sent from your website into the “From name replacement” field. Be aware that the name entered here will override the from name entered for other plugins such as Contact Form. Click the DIsable button if you wish to use the name entered in the “From Headers” module to apply to SMTP emails as well.

SMTP Servers

Host
Enter the host name of your mail server, choose the encryption for your mail server, and enter the port recommended by your mail server. For most servers, SSL is recommended. Click the Disable button if you want to authorize insecure and self-signed SSL certificates on your SMTP server, although this is not recommended.

SMTP Authentication
Click the Enable button to use SMTPAuth, then enter the email address entered in the Sender email address field and your admin password in the fields provided. SMTP authentication means that every email sent from your site will be identified with the username and password associated with that particular email account, greatly reducing the risk that your emails will be rejected by the receiving email server, and making it harder for spammers to use your account to send bulk email through your server, damaging your site’s reputation.

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