Got questions? We’ll try and answer

Got questions? We’ll try and answer

If you've stumbled your way here, I'm looking for reader feedback. If you've got questions about wordpressmu and can't seem to find the answer, I'll try and help.

The only caveat is, I'll stick to the distributed codebase. I can point out, however, if you need a plugin or not and where to find it - if it exists.

15 Comments
  • Brock
    Posted at 15:42h, 01 October Reply

    Andrea_r,

    thanks for your notes on the forum – I’m thinking now that I will document a local install and push it out to my website – but I’m sure everybody does something different with their local installs. So…my feedback: I’d like to see how you would run MU locally, in as much detail as you can bear.

  • Jim
    Posted at 10:51h, 11 October Reply

    Andrea,

    I think what you are doing here is awesome. I am running a WPMu installation at the University of Mary Washington (http://umwblogs.org), and will be using your sage advice here regularly. Thanks for the great tutorials.

    I will be writing some that are more specific to education WPMu installs, but borrow at will, most of my blog posts about WPMu can be found here:
    http://bavatuesdays.com/category/wpmu

    Best,
    Jim

  • Dan York
    Posted at 14:02h, 20 November Reply

    Andrea,

    Great idea for the site. Have just entered into working with WPMU, I can say that more tutorials and HOWTOs would definitely be of interest.

    In particular, I’d love more info about how to customize the “home” portal page. Right now I’m just stumbling along trying to figure it all out. For instance, it doesn’t seem that you can apply a theme to the “home” portal page in the same way that you can to regular blogs. It works differently and applying a theme destroys the home portal page that you had. I also want to do things like add the list of recent posts to the portal page, which I gather from browsing through the codex that I can do by adding some of the code snippets found there onto my portal page. I’d also like to install things like:

    – site-wide search (i.e. across all blogs)
    – site-wide RSS feed (for someone who wants articles in all blogs)
    – tag cloud across all blogs

    A series of articles about how to add those elements to a WPMU installation would be great to see.

    For some of what I personally am looking for in a blog portal, you can see the page I put up on The NewPR Wiki at:

    http://www.thenewpr.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?pagename=CorpBlogPortal.HomePage

    I’ve also been blogging about this subject on my own blog at:

    http://www.disruptiveconversations.com/blog_portals/index.html

    Anyway, if you are looking for a direction in which to write more, a series of posts about all of the “cross-blog” capabilities of WPMU would be most welcome.

    Again, thanks for creating a great site!

    Dan

  • just me
    Posted at 19:15h, 09 December Reply

    Hi There
    I am looking into the validity of using WPMU as a guild website. I think the whole forums/gallery structure is dated and is also ruined by spam bots these days.

    WPMU looks like it could be a nice way to have a site with each guild member having their own blog.

    My main concern is taking the information from all these members and displaying it on a main page.
    Admin aside, I do not really want or need the “primary” blog as I would have my own blog like other users.

    In fact I would prefer the site have a static main page. with maybe just the latest blog posts listed.

    My question is, how can I pull the content of the various blogs onto the sites main page or a static page and remove the main page “blogginess”?

  • Kerk
    Posted at 11:21h, 23 February Reply

    Hello,
    I have a couple of standalone wordpress blogs. Is there a way to turn in into a single WPMU installation?

  • Craig
    Posted at 17:08h, 27 March Reply

    Hi, thanks for the site.

    I’ve just started playing with a new site developed on WPMU. I’ve managed to integrate BBPress fine, but I’d also like to integrate wiki software of some kind — all three sharing sign-ups, etc.

    Any leads or tutorials?

  • Anthony
    Posted at 18:51h, 16 June Reply

    Hi, Do you happen to know how on WPMU I can keep only my main blogs name and description in my header instead of it changing to the users title and description?

  • Frank
    Posted at 19:42h, 07 February Reply

    Great idea for a website.

    I am trying to modify the text on the sign up page. I am using a theme (Brian Gardners Revolution theme) which has a black background image. The MU sign up page looks great, but the text instructions (enter your blog name) etc, are dark grey. I am not a programmer, and just wanted to change the text to white. There is of course a style sheet embedded into the code of the MU page, and I have put white in for any colors I see as black or dark grey. No luck, I just have white boxes agains a black background.

    Can someone help?

  • Glen
    Posted at 21:27h, 11 February Reply

    Sheesh…so I’m trying to change User Role capabilities in WordPress MU. I know there are plugins/modules but I’m working in WordPress MU for Joomla, so I’m at the mercy of the programmers. Therefore, I need to edit the capabilities in the DB.

    RE: http://www.shinephp.com/how-to-change-wordpress-user-role-capabilities/

    Any ideas what I’m looking for in phpMyAdmin?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Aloe Garden
    Posted at 17:24h, 13 February Reply

    Hi, thank you for doing this.

    My question is:

    I want to have ONLY one theme available for users that create a blog on my MU site.

    Currently the default WP theme shows up by default. And users have to go in and activate the other theme. I want ONLY that one theme to be active immediately by default when users sign up for a blog.

    Any ideashow I can do this?

    • andrea
      Posted at 18:17h, 13 February Reply

      Yep, and it’s easy. 🙂

      Use the new blog defaults plugin here:
      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpmu-new-blog-defaults/

      You can specify a default theme with it, plus a whole lot more.

      Also, make sure you go to Site Admin -> Themes and have your theme enabled and the other ones disabled.

  • Aloe Garden
    Posted at 18:47h, 13 February Reply

    Thanks, Andrea.

    Just downloaded it. But do I put it in the MU-plugins folder or the regular plugins folder?

    Should I assume that the MU-plugins folder is ONLY for plugins that I can control for the main site that I am the admin of, and the plugins folder contains the plugins that every user who signs up can have on their personal blog?

    • andrea
      Posted at 18:52h, 13 February Reply

      mu-plugins are for plugins that run ALL THE TIME regardless. They do not show up on the plugins list, they can’t be disabled unless you remove the file.

      It’s good practice to only put plugins in there that specifically state they go there.

  • RyGuy
    Posted at 03:36h, 24 March Reply

    I was thinking about upgrading to WordPress MU to allow multiple separate blogs for several of my friends who blog about similar things as myself. My question is if I had multiple blogs running on a WordPress Mu installation is there a way to aggregate all the latest blog posts in chronological order on the home page?

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