what theme and plugin are best to use if i want to create a site like Squidoo?

if i wanted to create a site where i offer users a free blog and not a website what theme/plugin is best for that?

  • Alexander
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi @airot87,

    If all of the blogs are going to be free, then look no further than WordPress Multisite itself. From network settings, you can enable blog registration, and users can just signup and add new blogs.

    If you’d like to restrict certain features on these blogs for paid users, you can use Pro Sites. This will allow you to have a free level to start, but then users can pay to upgrade to a “Pro” level (you can call it whatever you like) and will receive extra premium features on their blog that you setup.

    You can make certain plugins and themes available to only pro users.

    Hope this helps! Thanks for being a WPMU DEV member. Let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

    Best regards,

  • airot87
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    what does it mean for registration to be disabled?

    when i tested out the signup process on my main site while on my test sites dashboard i noticed in the upper left hand corner a tab that said “my sites”. when i clicked on it it showed the test site and the main site. clicking on the main site tab it led me straight to the main sites dashboard! this concerned me quite a bit because while id like to have users sign up for free blogs/sites i DONT want them to have access to MY MAIN DASHBOARD.

    i currently have “both users and sites can be registered”. if i disable registration would this solve the problem?

    and should i only have the WPMUDEV dashboard on MY MAIN DASHBOARD and not my network admin? every time i install a plugin it shows up on the test site as well when i only want it for my main site

  • Alexander
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi @airot87,

    For registration, right now you have it setup the way it should be. Users will need to be able to register free sites.

    The “My Sites” will show sites that a user is a part of, but even when they visit that site, it will only be at the user role they have been assigned. Users can only access the dashboard if you assign them as an admin.

    Try logging out and registering a new site as if you were a user. Then you’ll be able to see things from the user’s point of view.

    Once a plugin is installed it will be available for any site. However, you can use Pro Sites to restrict plugins to only certain sites.

    Best regards

  • airot87
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    thank you. i had some trouble with “users” because a default role was not intentionally defined upon signing up. it came up as “none” instead of “subscriber”

    i have found a plugin called ADMIN MENU EDITOR which allows me to to hide what i dont want my user to see. maybe you guys could create a plugin like that?

  • Alexander
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi @airot87,

    For future plugins we’re really more focused on things that haven’t been done before, or that we could really improve on. Removing menu items, and restricting access can be done very well with existing free plugins like these:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/adminimize/

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/role-scoper/

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-access-manager/

    We do however have Ultimate Branding and Easy Blogging, both of which can help you change the looks of your dashboard.

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

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/easy-blogging/

    Best regards

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