Blogs Directory

This plugin provides a paginated, fully search-able, avatar inclusive, automatic and rather good looking directory of all of the blogs on your WordPress Multisite or BuddyPress installation.

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Check it out, here it is in action!
Easy to use Menu in Network Admin Dashboard
Detail

This plugin is possibly one of most powerful tools available for WordPress Multisite. It takes all of the sites on your network and lists them in one spot.

Features include:

  • Auto creates a page called “Sites” on the homepage of your network where it places a rather beautiful directory of all of the sites on it.
  • Choose how the sites are displayed – alphabetical order, most recently updated, etc.
  • Ability to customize background color, alternate background color and border color of the site directory
  • Display the blog avatars in the directory (requires our Avatars plugin)
  • Search field to let visitors easily locate specific sites

Check it out!

Here it is in action….

blogs-directory

Once activated, a page called “Sites” is automatically created for you.

blogs-directory-sites-page

Here’s a look at some settings, including styling options.

1. Select your preferred sort option. 2. Select the number of sites you want to display per page. 3. Select whether to hide unpaid sites if you are using the Pro Sites Plugin, and if you want to hide sites that have been set to Private. 4. Select the Title you want for your Directory page. 5. Chose to toggle on or off site descriptions. 6. Adjust the background and border colors.

1. Select your preferred sort option.
2. Select the number of sites you want to display per page.
3. Select whether to hide unpaid sites if you are using the Pro Sites Plugin, and if you want to hide sites that have set to Private.
4. Select the Title you want for your Directory page.
5. Choose to toggle on or off site descriptions.
6. Adjust the background and border colors.

There’s also a nice search option.

blogs-directory-search

Happy directorising! And here are a few other similar WPMU DEV plugins for your WordPress Multisite that you might like:

  1. Global Site Search – provides global search across all sites on your network with ease
  2. Global Site Tags – Displays global site tag for your entire network

Enjoy!

Usage

Start by reading Installing plugins section in our comprehensive WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual if you are new to WordPress Multisite.

To install:

  1. Download the plugin file
  2. Unzip the file into a folder on your hard drive
  3. Upload /blogs-directory/ folder to /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your site
  4. Visit Network Admin -> Plugins and Network Activate it there.

Note: If you have an older version of the plugin installed in /mu-plugins/ please delete it.

  • That’s it! No configuration necessary!

To use:

It should auto create a page called “Sites” on your main site where anyone can search to locate a site. On the off chance the page isn’t auto created all you need to do is create a page with the slug “blogs” without the quotes.

blogs-directory-sites-page

Changing how sites are displayed in your Site Directory is as simple as pie.

You will see the following screen under Network Admin > Settings > Site Directory

1. Select your preferred sort option. 2. Select the number of sites you want to display per page. 3. Select whether to hide unpaid sites if you are using the Pro Sites Plugin, and if you want to hide sites that have been set to Private. 4. Select the Title you want for your Directory page. 5. Chose to toggle on or off site descriptions. 6. Adjust the background and border colors.

1. Select your preferred sort option.
2. Select the number of sites you want to display per page.
3. Select whether to hide unpaid sites if you are using the Pro Sites Plugin, and if you want to hide sites that have set to Private.
4. Select the Title you want for your Directory page.
5. Choose to toggle on or off site descriptions.
6. Adjust the background and border colors.

Searching for a site is a real snap too.

1. Go to your new Site Directory, and click on the site you want to check out.

2. Or use the built-in search feature that enables your users to find exactly what they are looking for on your network. They can even search for individual words in the site names or descriptions. Say, for example, you just know there’s a cool site in the network with a bunch of drawing tutorials, but can’t remember the name. No problem, simply enter a likely word in the search form, and all sites containing that word will be returned in the results. How cool is that?

blogs-directory-search

Customization

You can change the page slug used by Blogs Directory by opening blogs-directory.php and editing the slug on line 37, which by default reads as follows:

$blogs_directory_base = ‘blogs’;

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