Should you use WPMU?

Should you use WPMU?

With news of the merge of the WordPress & WordPressMU codebase becoming more widespread, one of the questions I get asked with increasing frequency is should someone start a new site based on MU or should they wait for the merge.

My answer? It depends.

Is it time-critical? Do you need it up and running sooner rather than later? Is it income-generating? I spoke to someone earlier this week who is building out their MU-based site now because as they so succinctly put it, "I'm not leaving 3 months income on the table."

And that's how long it will may take to be out in the wild. Can you afford to wait three months? Only you (or your client) can answer that.

Also, if you are planning a project based on Buddypress and were waiting for the merge so you could use it on single WordPress, I mentioned over a week ago that this improvement is already in the trunk of BP. It is tentatively slated for release at the end of January, so if that was what you were waiting for, I would start development on trunk now.

Other people I have spoken to expressed concern over being able to upgrade from WPMU to WP when 3.0 comes out. This is one of the major priorities for the devs, and I have found historically the devs were always quite good in making sure core code (and new changes) were upgradeable. They want your site to upgrade and succeed too.

EDIT: Although I said three months up above, the actual release date has yet to be determined. The length of time is an educated guesstimate, not a firm thing. It was stated for illustrative purposes for how long you may have to wait.

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  • Dave
    Posted at 16:45h, 07 January Reply

    I think this is a question a lot of web designers are wrestling with right now. For me, the need for WordPress MU is just for fun so I can wait, but like you said, if you have income waiting on it, install now!

    • andrea
      Posted at 16:52h, 07 January Reply

      On the flip side of that, if you’re looking for “fun” and want to help out, now would be a good time to learn how to do a local install and work from trunk as a tester. đŸ™‚

      • Dave
        Posted at 20:24h, 08 January Reply

        That’s an excellent idea, I’m always up for having some fun with WordPress. I might have to give it a shot.

  • Maria
    Posted at 00:15h, 08 January Reply

    WOW the thought has been floating in my head all week, there is a new project I want to work on and I had picked WPMU for it but after all these news,I had kinda left it in the back burner and instead began to make the existing ones (on WP) work better so I can reach the ¨autopilot¨state with them.
    I am very new at WPMU and I kinda abandoned it a couple of days ago when it got complicated and things were not working as I wanted them to. And then I the merge made it even scarier
    On the other hand this new project could mean a relevant new income for me..

    Thanks for the post…

  • designodyssey
    Posted at 03:14h, 13 January Reply

    This must be a frequent question. I started on WPMU 2.9RC1 because I wanted BP and then found I could use BP on WP, which is what I wanted all along.

    I’m afraid BP won’t work (at least with it’s plugins) on WP and hesitate to run multiple softwares all on trunk.

    Do we know whether BP1.2 will officially support 2.9 or did Andy just turn on the ability without testing?

    After going through the setup process for MU on a localhost.localdomain, I’ve learned alot, but if I can switch in a week or two to BP 1.2 and have BP plugins and core work, that might be a wise choice.

    Thoughts?
    BTW, I’m developing for myself and my timeline is flexible, but because I’m new, I can’t afford to just wait around. I need to develop on something.

  • christopher
    Posted at 12:32h, 20 January Reply

    I’m not personally building any new sites until 3.0 is released. I don’t see the point in investing time into a project and building a site to possibly find out that work I’ve done isn’t compatible.

    I figure this is a good time to go through other sites and clean house and fix up while I wait for 3.0

    • andrea
      Posted at 14:41h, 20 January Reply

      Well, it is a priority for those on exisiting MU installs to be able to upgrade to 3.0 pretty smoothly. Pay attention to the WP trac and you’ll see the changes as they are made.

      But yeah, it’s also a god time to clean house. đŸ˜€

  • Ben
    Posted at 18:31h, 31 May Reply

    Thanks for the post. It’s been a few months (now May 31st), what’s the latest on this question? I’d like to do one install for wordpress with MU and BuddyPress capabilities. (I want to avoid handling the innards if I can.)

    • andrea
      Posted at 18:59h, 31 May Reply

      For what you want, install the 3.0 beta and work from that. MU is now dead in the water, and 3.0 is so close to release you may as well start there now. That is hands down the easiest.

  • Dave
    Posted at 19:47h, 31 May Reply

    I would definetley wait for 3.0 which is due very very soon (last I heard was late may). From what I have seen multiple user will be much easier in 3.0 (it’s been integrated into the core).

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