by andrea

Still on WordPress MU?

As I do my daily support tasks and forum volunteering, I still see a few people back on WPMU 2.9.2 – or even earlier. If this is your situation, please stop reading this post right now and schedule time to upgrade. “But I can’t upgrade!” Yes, yes you can. Literally thousands – if not hundreds…

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by andrea

User dashboard

In WordPress version 3.1.2, if you are running a network (multisite) the behavior for users with no blog has changed. Before, users were allocated to a dashboard blog that had no front side if you chose to use one. If not, users were added to the main site. In 3.1.2 this is no longer. users…

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wordpress-mu-plugins

by andrea

What is the mu-plugins folder?

Users of WordPressMU have long been aware of a folder within wp-content called mu-plugins. Obvious conclusions were drawn because of the name and where it was, but this actually stands for “must-use” plugins. Why? Because any code (plugin) placed in the folder is run automagically, as if it were part of WordPress itself. (Yeah, that…

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by andrea

Everything you wanted to know about creating a network of multiple sites in 3.0

While the basic of Creating a network are in the codex, there are a few extras that it’s hard to know exactly where to put them. Before you embark on this new feature to enable multisite, I figured I’d have a one-stop resource page for all the fiddly little bits you need to know. And…

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by andrea

Upgradephobia

Here you are, your website is all done, launched and you have a stream of visitors stopping by on a regular basis. Great! That hard work of adding in all these plugins, special themes, some custom code – it’s all paying off finally. Then one day you login and there’s that yellow upgrade notice. Or…

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by andrea

Must use plugins and 3.0

If you have been testing out the beta of WordPress, and are new to the whole concept of multiple sites, you may have noted a lot of the wordpress-mu-specific plugins make reference to the mu-plugins folder. This is not created by default. You must create it in the wp-content folder. The “mu” does not stand…

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by andrea

Forum cheat sheet

As the merge comes closer, the forums are winding down. Most of the time, I’m only answering threads that I can do immediately without digging up additional info. That means I also repeat myself quite a bit. In the interest of making sure all those answers are in one place, here’s my cheat sheet. It’s…

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by andrea

How to backup WPMU

Backup. Everyone tells you to, but maybe you don’t know how. After all, your host does backups, right? True – your host does backups, but can or will restore only in the event of a complete disaster, and it restores the entire web account. You should very much take your own backups and store them…

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by andrea

The site admin menu

It’s been a while since we had a new admin area, and my old post with site admin panel screenshots is now horribly outdated. So! If you want to look before you leap into the wonderful world of WPMU, here’s some Site Admin screenshots. Most of the admin area looks exactly the same as regular…

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by Ron

DNS Explained

The purpose of the DNS (Domain Name Server) system is to give client computers a means of translating host names (ex. wpmututorials.com) into IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. In a typical day of working my browser(s) submits hundred of queries to my DNS servers to get the IP address of the web sites I have requested….

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