Difficulties with multisite setup

Hi there. I am looking for information. I've been having a really hard time setting up my multisite particularly when it comes to registration of users.
BuddyPress refuses to work for me. I cannot register a user at all. I have checked and double checked the configuration and even had my host look into it. I have also had problems with the registration activation process with Gravity forms. I have sought support and followed all the trouble shooting processes and still no solution. I feel that there must be an issue with my site that is being missed but I am not technical enough to work it out. I am almost ready to call it quits.
I am after a site that can register users to set up free blogs (and restrict the use of plugins etc), a community (like a forum), add listings and classified for some users and not others. Not sure which plugins to use or how to configure them to achieve this.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

  • Anang

    Hi @juice creative

    Sorry to hear you got problems with multisite :slight_frown:

    Hi there. I am looking for information. I've been having a really hard time setting up my multisite particularly when it comes to registration of users.

    What is not working ? User not added ? Activation email not sent ? Could you give me more details ?
    Could you give me access to your sites ? In case I need to check your settings :slight_smile:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/manuals/wpmu-dev-dashboard-enabling-staff-login/

    I am after a site that can register users to set up free blogs (and restrict the use of plugins etc)

    Our Pro Sites would be perfect for handle this requirement
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/pro-sites/

    a community (like a forum)

    If you need just a simple forum you can try our forum plugins :
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/forums/
    If it's more complex community, BuddyPress is more suitable. Any other forums you can try :
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/best-5-wordpress-forum-plugins-and-themes/

    add listings and classified for some users and not others

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wordpress-directory/
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/classifieds/
    Both plugins can assign only certain roles that will have access to directory/classifieds . So you can try it :slight_smile:

    Let me know if you have any questions :slight_smile:

    Best Regards

  • juice creative

    Thank your for responding. After I install BuddyPress I have attempted a number of test sign ups. Once I select the complete sign up button the page is immediately diverted to the home page and no user or site is recorded. I do not get an email or anything to indicate that I have signed up.

    I have tried using Gravity forms too and although I am able to sign up using this method, their activation process does not generate a second email and the user remains pending, so I disabled the
    activation.

    I have used support for both these issues and cannot identify a cause.

    I have considered pro sites but was not happy with the sign up page. I was only considering free sign up, so I didn't want the price table. The free site link was really tiny but perhaps there is a better way to configure it.

    I was also keen to limit blog users choices with in the site. I don't want people activating some plugins that are in the network but not for activating on individual blog sites. Likewise with some themes.

    I had also noticed that one the Directory and Classifieds plugins were activated they became active in the dashboard of users I didn't want using them. I actually had pictured that different non blog users would have accounts for directory listings only.

    I have another issue currently open at the moment in relation to the easy blogging plugin (#5,979) where I am trying to force users to use the easy blogging dashboard but I am not sure if this is supposed to remove the ability to deactivate easy blogging.

    I am more than happy for you to take a look (access is enabled) and give me feedback.

    I am also curious as to whether Pro sites and BuddyPress work together and how the registration would work. It also seems from your response that Directory and classifieds are similar so perhaps I only need one.

    Apologies for my ignorance, this is my first (and possibly my last) multisite.

    Kind regards

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey Juice,

    Hope you're doing well today! Working alongside Anang here.

    After I install BuddyPress I have attempted a number of test sign ups. Once I select the complete sign up button the page is immediately diverted to the home page and no user or site is recorded. I do not get an email or anything to indicate that I have signed up.

    If there is no activation email being sent then that is almost always an email server issue. Do other emails from your site send okay? For example, if you do the lost/forgot password process, does that email send? If not, then it's likely an email server problem and you can use an SMTP plugin like this: https://wordpress.org/plugins/webriti-smtp-mail/

    Or in my opinion a bit easier option to setup is going with wpmandrill: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpmandrill/

    You need to register for free on the Mandrill website but then all you need to do is copy and paste in your API key from your mandrill account.

    I have considered pro sites but was not happy with the sign up page. I was only considering free sign up, so I didn't want the price table. The free site link was really tiny but perhaps there is a better way to configure it.

    If you turn off the "Signup on checkout" option as seen in my attached screenshot then you can use the regular WordPress Multisite sign up instead of the pricing table and everything :slight_smile:

    So you would just send them to this link: yoursite.com/wp-signup.php

    Then once they are signed up then they can choose to upgrade if they like.

    I had also noticed that one the Directory and Classifieds plugins were activated they became active in the dashboard of users I didn't want using them. I actually had pictured that different non blog users would have accounts for directory listings only.

    Sounds like you had it network activated, which means the plugins become active on every site in the network. Instead of doing that you could activate in just on the main site by activating it here: yoursite.com/wp-admin/plugins.php

    Then it won't show up in any of the other site dashboards unless you activate it there.

    You can also set the posting permissions within Directory and Classifieds so non-admin users can post listings :slight_smile: you can do that from the general settings for each plugin.

    I am also curious as to whether Pro sites and BuddyPress work together and how the registration would work. It also seems from your response that Directory and classifieds are similar so perhaps I only need one.

    You can either still use Pro Sites pricing table/checkout or you can turn off the sign up on checkout option as illustrated and use the BuddyPress sign up which will still allow you to make a free site :slight_smile:

    Hope this helps! If you still have any further questions just let us know.

    Cheers,
    Tyler

  • Anang

    Hi Juice

    Sorry you got problem with Forums plugin :slight_frown: I have tested in my installation, it's worked fine. So it's must be a plugin conflict. So to check the conflicts you need to disable all plugins and then check if the forum worked or not. And then enable the plugins one by one until we find the conflicting plugins and then we will find solution to made it works.

    Other solutions is to try others forums plugin. BBpress is quite popular wordpress forums plugin. You can read how to installed it here :
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/manuals/the-buddypress-manual-2/installing-buddypress-forums/

    Let me know what do you think :slight_smile:

    Best Regards

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