WordPress Multisite Guides and Resources

WordPress has the ability to run multiple websites from one installation of WordPress. This type of configuration is called WordPress Multisite.

Lately I’ve been experimenting a bit with Multisite and I created this post to keep tabs on some interesting links I’ve found. Hopefully I will expand on this post as I learn more about this system.

WordPress Multisite can be a good solution for you if you plan to own a network of sites. Actually there are a number of ideal scenarios for WordPress Multisite:

  • Blog networks
  • Social networks
  • Internal networks for organizations or companies
  • Educational sites
  • Sites that span cities, customer groups, or other various groups
  • Any other WP site that may need the option for multiple sites within one install

Here’s an interesting article showing some scenarios where one could be tempted to use Multisite, and describing a better alternative:

http://halfelf.org/2011/dont-use-wordpress-multisite/

Instructions

Need instructions for setting up WordPress Multisite? Here are a few guides:

http://premium.wpmudev.org/manuals/wpmu-manual-2/

http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network#Step_2:_Allow_Multisite

http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/using-wordpress-multisite-a-network-of-websites-at-your-fingertips/

Plugins

Here are just two plugins which I found useful when using WordPress Multisite. There are many more of course.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/networks-for-wordpress/installation/

XAMPP Multisite Setup

These are good guides on how to set up WordPress Multisite on XAMPP:

http://austinpassy.com/tutorials/setting-up-virtual-hosts-wordpress-multisite-with-xampp-on-windows-7

http://www.code-styling.de/deutsch/entwicklungen/wordpress-plugin-wp-xampp-multisite-subdomains (in German)

How to Setup Multisite Domain Mapping

https://kinsta.com/knowledgebase/wordpress-multisite-domain-mapping/

Have you used Multisite? Tell us how you used it and whether you like it or not in the comments section below.

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About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, podcaster and entrepreneur. He is the founder of WP Mayor and WP RSS Aggregator. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com. Check out his podcast focused on doing business with WordPress over at Mastermind.fm.

One Response

  1. Edward
    Edward August 2, 2012 at 19:01 | | Reply

    Awesome Post. I have been researching an issue you may have the answer to:

    Are parallel subdomains possible with a WP Multisite install that is located within a subdomain itself?

    wp.domain.com (main install)
    is
    subdomain.domain.com possible ?

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