by andrea

VaultPress now for multisite

Over the weekend I noticed a page go up on the Vaultpress site for multisite instructions. Today, the official announcement came out for Vaultpress multisite support. Interestingly enough is the pricing model: each sub site needs its own license. On a network with a huge number of sites this could be quite financially limiting. But…

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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

Subfolder blog have no theme styles

Sometimes when creating a network in multisite and picking subfolders, you may find the subfolder blogs have no theme applied (seemingly) or they are unstyled, and you cannot login to the sub sites admin area What went wrong? Well, on the WordPress side.. nothing. This is all server side unfortunately. I’ve seen this happen mostly…

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by andrea

Using a hosts file

One of our handy development trick is the judicious use of the hosts file on our local computer. This file controls access to various domains by the use of specifying alternative IP addresses. Usually, this file has very few entries, with the most common being this one: 127.0.0.1 localhost Look familiar? This is how your…

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by andrea

From the archives – building a better blog host series

A way back in the days of WordPress mu, I wrote a series of posts helping new users to plan out and really think about their network they were setting up. Almost all of the information is still applicable and still useful, so here’s a recap for your elucidation. Building a better blog host: Week…

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by andrea

Snack Bar for Super Admins

Coming up in 3.1 is the addition of the often debated admin bar. Long time wpmu users know at one point we had it rolled in. Well, they rolled it in to WordPress itself. It has been severely altered, so many of the items have been stripped to essentials. A decision was made to remove…

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by Ron

SharDB 3.0.1 Update

Over the weekend I updated SharDB to allow installs to upgrade from WordPress MU 2.9.2 to WordPress 3.0.1. I also did an initial pass at support for new WordPress 3.0 -> WP network in SharDB. In this implementation the main site’s tables will be in the global database. You can easily set up a test…

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by andrea

How to add a new Super Admin

When you created a network of multiple sites in WordPress 3.0, you (the main blog admin) because a Super Admin with all kinds of fun powers. In some situations, you may desire to have additional Super Admins who can do things like install plugins & themes, perform upgrades, and manage global users and sites. If…

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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

Upgrading from WPMU to WP 3.0

Now that 3.0 is officially released, you may have seen an upgrade notice in the backend of your WPMU install. While the process is generally just clicking the upgrade button, there are a couple of additional steps to fully smooth out any merged changes that occurred. First, backup your database(s) and the entire wp-content folder….

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