MultiSite Confusion...Questions

Apologies in advance for what may appear to be a series of "simple" questions but I'm having a hard time wrapping myself around a few things related to multisiting and need to go back to square 1.

Question #1: Network Content
Say I create 5 different networks each with their own "theme" where one network may be about sports; network 2 about cars; network 3 about women. Each network has it's own BuddyPress install and blog subscribers. Say someone with a blog on the cars network creates a new post, someone with a blog creates a new post on women network, and another post from the sports network. I'd like for each of these posts to be displayed on the main site in their own widget or block. So I'd have a widget, or section, for latest 5 sports posts, latest 5 cars posts, and latest 5 women posts. Is it necessary to use RSS feeds for this or is there a way to do this using a plugin?
In addition I'd like for the latest "#" of users and groups from these networks to be displayed on the main site. To make things more "difficult" I'd like for the latest "#" blogs to also appear on the mainsite.
Can someone tell which of this is possible and which isn't? I'm using the Mingle theme which makes it possible to create the customized layout I just need to know what method to apply in order to achieve the look.

Any assistance is appreciated.

  • Arun Basil Lal
    • New Recruit

    Hello nusolutions,

    First off, you do not have to apologize for anything. These are not just simple questions anyway. Let me try and help.

    By 5 different networks did you mean to say, 5 sub-sites on a single network? Or 5 different Multisite installs? I am confused because you mentioned that the posts has to go into the main site which makes me think that it is one single Multisite network with the main site and the sub sites.

    So I'd have a widget, or section, for latest 5 sports posts, latest 5 cars posts, and latest 5 women posts. Is it necessary to use RSS feeds for this or is there a way to do this using a plugin?

    If you want different blocks for each site, the best way to go around this is the RSS feed widget. It does a decent job. Esp if you are having different Multisite networks, then this is the only way out I can think of.

    You could instead go for a block with the recent posts from all the network, taking advantage of the Global Recent posts Widget plugin. https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/recent-global-posts-widget

    In addition I'd like for the latest "#" of users and groups from these networks to be displayed on the main site. To make things more "difficult" I'd like for the latest "#" blogs to also appear on the mainsite.

    We are clearly talking about different networks here I think. This is possible.

    Please give me a confirmation that we are talking about totally different Multisite installs and not sub-sites on one Multisite. Also what do you mean by a main site in that case? Suppose you have 5 networks (5 Multisite installs), is the main site a 6th installation of WordPress Single Install ?

    Happy Easter :slight_smile:

  • nusolutions
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    Thanks for the reply.
    1. Yes I'm using WPMU with separate multisite networks. In addition I'm using BP multisite to isolate the blogs and groups of each network. I may use the RSS feeds to have a limited number of posts appear on the main site. The overall intent is for latest / recent posts created on that network to only appear on that network.

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