Setting up a multisite ehh site, with various features and plugins - clueless!

Hi! I have come to realize that my ambitions are far greater than my skills, and I would be so greatful if someone would take the time to shed some light on my issues for me:

What I am wanting to do is create a magazine style website with various articles, and in addition a bulletin board/forum, tools, market place/classifieds and the possibility for the users to create a simple homepage based on pre-defined templates, and a blog. I would like there to be only two access levels (except probably an additional one for moderators?):

unregistered users would get access to the articles, reading (but not posting) the forums and reading (but not posting) the market place.

The registered users would get access to all the features (no subscriptions) upon registration, including creating their own homepage and a blog. In a perfect world I would be able to show a feed of new blogposts from the users on the main site (in addition to the articles).

My first question would be: Is this doable at all?

At this point I have installed wordpress multisite - I assumed that's what I needed if wanting to let users create homepages and blogs, but I could be wrong of course. I have also installed buddypress, and a whole bunch of WPMU plugins (and the dashboard), such as the classifieds and Membership Premium.

  • elpino

    Greetings @mtranseth

    I was searching to do the same type of proyect and found myself with a nice tutorial like plugin package from WPMU with all their plugins you will need to do something similar.

    My first question would be: Is this doable at all?

    At this point I have installed WordPress multisite - I assumed that's what I needed if wanting to let users create homepages and blogs, but I could be wrong of course. I have also installed buddy press, and a whole bunch of WPMU plugins (and the dashboard), such as the classifieds and Membership Premium.

    So yeah is doable, check the link bellow for a nice complete tutorial how to make this, 1.- go to your hosting company and install, WordPress multisite, and then download and install WPMU dashboard (for easy installing al the plugins in the tutorial), and follow the tutorial bellow has all the aspect of a nice blog company cover, hope this helps! after you done with the tutorial customize as you like.

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/build-your-own-edublogs-org/

    Cheers
    Alex

  • Jack Kitterhing

    Hi there @mtranseth

    I hope you are well today. As our excellent members @Jorgen Juel and @elpino have said this is 100% possible, just will take quite a bit of configuration.
    Have a read through the membership usage instructions here https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/membership/#usage
    And the great link posted by @elpino
    And this one here https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-multisite-guide/

    Let us know what questions you have about anything and if you get stuck anywhere please do ask for help, as we're more than happy to help :slight_smile:

    Thank you all for being WPMU DEV members.

    Kind Regards
    Jack.

  • mtranseth

    Thank you so much to all of you who have taken the time to reply! I really appreciate it :slight_smile:

    I have looked at the Pro sites plugin (after having installed it), but as far as I can tell the options are for paid/subscriptions only, and I just want a simple non-subscription registration for the users.

    Basically, I want to let them register and from then on being able to easily create a blog (and have access to other features on the site). I have installed the bundle of blog-themes from WPMU and activated these across the network.

    The membership plug-in looks great to control access levels throughout the site, but, and I am sorry even having to ask:

    How do I create the actual log-in page, and the "register here" page? I want to add them as links to the front page, and register a regular user so I can more easily see what the users will see (rather than as the admin).

    Is it possible to put the buddypress forum inside a Wordpress page (so that I can add content around it)?

    Is it possible to remove the blog slug from the URLs, and call the log-in area something else than wp-admin and its like?

  • Jorgen Juel

    Helo again @mitranseth
    Answers to your questions;

    but as far as I can tell the options are for paid/subscriptions only

    I agree the plugin might be confusing, but there is in fact a free level. I really recomend this plugin for your usage so you if your site gets super popular or you also would like to make some money you can offer a premium service to the paid members. If you go to your pro sites>settings and then you will see free-level about 4 lines from the top.

    How do I create the actual log-in page, and the "register here" page?

    The login-page is actually the /wp-admin or /wp-login. it uses the same system so it saves you a lot of truble if you just use that login. The registration page can be created in membership > options. then go to the section membership pages. On that page you can create or select your desired page for the registration form. If you rather would like to implement it someplace on another page you can add the following shortcode: [subscriptionform].

    Is it possible to put the buddypress forum inside a Wordpress page

    I'm sorry but I'm not familiar with buddy press, so I don't know how this can be done.

    Is it possible to remove the blog slug from the URLs

    Well, the blog prefix is there so there won't be any interferances with the other sites on the server. The best way to remove this is to use sub-domains instead of sub-directories on your installation. the means sitename.domain.com instead of domain.com/sitename. That will remove the blog prefx.

    and call the log-in area something else than wp-admin and its like?

    This is not supported in wordpress but is a very discussed topic. As you can see they use the same thing here at wpmu dev. (if you click your name in the top right corner, and click on your name.

  • elpino

    Greetings Jorgen Juel and mtranseth,

    Wao Jorgen cover must of the question, but let see if i can help a bit here,

    I have looked at the Pro sites plugin (after having installed it), but as far as I can tell the options are for paid/subscriptions only, and I just want a simple non-subscription registration for the users.

    As Jorgen said prosites is the best plugin for this, is even the type of plugin use in the two biggest blogs provider in internet.

    WordPress
    Eudoblogs

    Is it possible to put the buddypress forum inside a Wordpress page

    Buddypress is basically another plugin, so you can install it in any type of WordPress yes you can do site around it,

    Or if you are referring to bbpress forum, with a multinetwork, you can install it
    WPMU theme for bbpress use in eudoblogs, also in the link tutorial provided

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/the-edublogs-forums-bbpress-theme

    also will recommend you to install the Q and A for FAQ theme link bellow

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/help-support-and-faq-theme

    Regards
    Alex

  • elpino

    For as log in goes you could use the following.

    How do I create the actual log-in page, and the "register here" page? I want to add them as links to the front page, and register a regular user so I can more easily see what the users will see

    Jorgen is spot on about the login page using default WordPress login page if you want to take off the WordPress logo just use WPMU ultimate branding.
    You will need it to get WordPress out of everywhere and use your own branding

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/ultimate-branding/

    Note: Before you can let people register to your WordPress you gotta go to Settings-General and activate "anyone can register option"

    And for having a login page in the front, you can use Ultimate Facebook. the Facebook Connect Widget that comes with it helps you there. or just put a link to the login page on the top.

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/ultimate-facebook/

    But if you want to have an actual box that has in front page the login and password, you could try this widget plugin that should cover it.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tabbed-login/screenshots/

    and call the log-in area something else than wp-admin and its like?

    As jorgen said changing the login page folder is difficult, even if you do change it when you update wordpress there could be some problems.

    Anti Splog plugin has an security option to change the signup page every 24 hrs but is not compatible with buddypress.

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/anti-splog/

    Also there are lots of plugins out there that can make a new signup page with the name you want.

    I use this one in some pages, it also has a widget with the login boxes to put anywhere in the site.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-my-login/

    Regards
    Alex

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