How to install WordPress Multisite?


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Apr 11, 2017
WordPress Multisite is a feature of WordPress that allows you to create a network of multiple WordPress websites - all managed from a single WordPress installation. With WordPress Multisite, you can create and manage multiple websites from a single dashboard, making it easier to maintain and update several sites.

1. Back up your existing WordPress site

Before you begin, create a backup of your current WordPress site, just in case anything goes wrong during the installation process.

2. Enable WordPress Multisite

To enable multisite, you need to add a line of code to your wp-config.php file, which can be found in the root directory of your WordPress installation. Add the following line of code just above the line that says "/* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */":

define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);
3. Install WordPress Multisite

Once you've enabled multisite, you can navigate to the WordPress dashboard and go to Tools > Network Setup. This will bring up the network setup screen, where you can choose between subdomains or subdirectories for your network. You'll also need to enter a title for your network and an email address for the network administrator.

4. Configure WordPress Multisite

Once you've installed multisite, you can configure your network settings by going to the Network Admin dashboard. From there, you can manage your sites, users, themes, and plugins, as well as set global options for your network.

5. Install themes and plugins for your network

You can install themes and plugins that will be available to all sites in your network by going to the Network Admin dashboard and clicking on Themes or Plugins.

That's it! Once you've completed these steps, you'll have a fully functioning WordPress multisite installation that you can use to manage multiple websites from a single dashboard.

Kaz Wolfe

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Jul 7, 2016
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6. Consider the Pros and Cons of WordPress Multisite
While WordPress Multisite can make managing multiple sites easier, it's important to consider the pros and cons before implementing it. Some of the benefits include easier management, easier updates, and easier content sharing. However, some drawbacks include potential compatibility issues with certain plugins or themes, increased complexity, and potential security risks.

7. Plan Your Network Structure
Before creating your network, it's important to plan out your network structure. Consider factors such as the number of sites you'll be managing, the content each site will have, and the audience each site targets. This will help you determine whether a subdirectory or subdomain structure is best for your network.

8. Use Plugins to Enhance Multisite Functionality
WordPress Multisite is highly customizable, and there are many plugins available that can help you enhance its functionality. Some popular plugins for Multisite include Multisite Enhancements, which adds several features to the network admin interface, and Multisite User Management, which allows you to manage user roles and permissions across the entire network.

9. Take Advantage of Multisite Hosting Options
Some hosting providers offer specialized WordPress Multisite hosting options that can help you optimize your network for performance and scalability. These hosting options can include features like automatic backups, advanced security measures, and specialized caching solutions.

10. Maintain Your Multisite Installation
Like any WordPress installation, it's important to maintain your WordPress Multisite installation to ensure that it remains secure and up-to-date. This includes regularly updating WordPress, themes, and plugins, monitoring your network for security vulnerabilities, and backing up your data regularly.

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