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Broadcasting news across all sites

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Broadcasting news across all sites

There may came a time when you're working inside of WordPress Multisite and you want to create a post or a page that you want to broadcast across all of your network sites. This can prove to be pretty difficult unless you want to spend your day copying and pasting all over the place. Luckily, in WordPress, there's a plug-in for that. That's right, there's almost always a plug-in for everything and in this case it's no different. So we're going to be using a plug-in called ThreeWP Broadcast to create a post that goes across all of the network sites in our blog.

Broadcasting news across all sites

There may came a time when you're working inside of WordPress Multisite and you want to create a post or a page that you want to broadcast across all of your network sites. This can prove to be pretty difficult unless you want to spend your day copying and pasting all over the place. Luckily, in WordPress, there's a plug-in for that. That's right, there's almost always a plug-in for everything and in this case it's no different. So we're going to be using a plug-in called ThreeWP Broadcast to create a post that goes across all of the network sites in our blog.

First things first, we have to be logged in as network administrator, and then we have to add that plug-in into the dashboard. So let's come over to the Plugins menu and choose Add New. Inside of Plug-ins I'm just going to search for ThreeWP Broadcast. Once we have typed out ThreeWP Broadcast, we'll hit Search Plugins. More than likely it's going to be the only result returned to you, but if not, you're looking for ThreeWP Broadcast Version 1.4, and it's developed by Edward Hevlund.

I'll go ahead and click Install Now. When I click Install, it asks me to confirm. I'll hit OK. It's going to download, unpack, and install the plug-in. I'll hit Network Activate. The plug-in is now live across my network. And as the super admin, I can go over to the Settings section and find Broadcast. Inside of the Broadcast settings, I have things like Broadcast access role. This is the default role that is required to use the Broadcast function at all. You can say that Site admins are able to do this, a regular Admin, an Editor, Author, Contributor or Subscriber.

In this case I think I'll stick with the Site admin. That's me--the super admin in other words. You want to be able to link to access roles. Again, in this plug-in, what you'll have to do is link posts to one another. So do you want people to be able to link their post, your post et, cetera? Again, I'm leaving most of these on as the Site administrator because broadcasting across all networks is a serious deal. So in this case, I think I'll leave all of these on their default. If you do change any of these, simply go down to the bottom and click Save Options.

Once you do, all those roles are changed. Other things that you might want to look at inside of the settings... Required list. The Required list specifies which blogs users with write access will broadcast to. This is a required list and it will force users to broadcast to all of the blogs that you specify. If you don't want to use the Required list, don't check the box. In this case, I do want to determine exactly where people are allowed to broadcast to. So I'll say Always use the required list, and I want them to broadcast to the PhotoBlog, the Tutorials page, and John's Blog as well.

Once we've got those options set, we'll click Save. Now let's move over to the Blacklist section. These are the domains that I don't want to allow people to broadcast to. In this case, the only one I want to restrict is the main domain, so I'll hit Save Options. You can also go into your Activity Monitor. In the Activity Monitor, you can be told via email when a user has used the Broadcasts function, when someone unlinks their post from your original post, or if a group changes. In this case I won't be notified when someone uses the Broadcasts function and also when someone unlinks.

I'm not so much concerned about groups because I have required them to use the List function each and every time. I'll hit Save Changes and I'm ready to go. Now let's go over to My Sites. I'll visit the main site and create a new post. I'll call this post Sitewide News Update. I'm going to give it some content, but first let's jump over to a little fun web site, Tunaipsum.com. This is where you can generate some seriously cool lorem ipsum text based upon fish. Pretty cool.

Give me five paragraphs of tuna ipsum. As you can see, it generates a lot of stuff. Pretty fishy. I'll just copy all this, close it up and paste it in. It's great for filler content. Now once I have that in there, I can go down to the bottom right corner to the Broadcast section. I get to choose whether or not to link this post to its children. The children are all of the posts that are made on other sites besides this site, meaning every time I update this post on the main site do the children get updated. Totally up to you.

You can also choose whether or not to broadcast the categories. If you broadcast the categories, you have to make sure that the categories are exactly the same on all of the other sites; otherwise it gets posted as uncategorized. In this case I'm not using any categories. Just doing proof of concept, so I don't have to worry about that. I can also choose to create categories automatically, which means whatever category I specify here is automatically created on all the other blogs. Let's try that out. I'll come back up here and I'll add a new category.

In this case I'll type out News. Then I'll hit Add Category, scroll back down, and I'll Create categories automatically. I can also choose to Broadcast tags or Create tags automatically. Let's create them, and I'll come up here and creates some Tags: news, updates, since I talked about fish, I'll type in fish. Then I'll hit Add. Scroll down. You'll notice I could also Broadcast custom fields.

We're not using any of those. This is just a standard post, so I won't worry about it. You'll also noticed that Broadcast to is all grayed out. That's because as the site administrator I went in and determined that they have to broadcast to these site each and every time. They don't have an option. I can also set a featured image, but in this case I'm not to worry about that. Let's go up and let's click the Publish button. Once I click Publish, that post is now live. If I go and visit my site, you'll see Sitewide News Update appears on the homepage and since I have my aggregate on this homepage, it's all of the sites together.

Let's check them out individually. I'll open up John Smith's blog, the magazine blog, and the tutorials blog. So there's John Smith's blog, Sitewide News Update. Everything is there, all my tuna ipsum text. Sitewide News Update here, same deal. And Sitewide News Update on the tutorials blog as well. Let's close these back up and move back into my Dashboard.

If at any time I want to make changes, I can go into the Settings and choose Broadcast. Inside of the Broadcast, I have the ability to read up, in case I need a refresher on how to use Broadcast, and I can also go into the ThreeWP Broadcast groups. Since I determined that admins can create groups, they can then create group names and then specify what blogs go into each group. However, I overwrote this preference when I said that I forced them to use those listed blogs that I chose in the site admin, so this is kind of pointless right now.

Let's go back up to My Sites > Network Admin and choose Dashboard. Inside of the Dashboard, if I want to make any changes, go back to Settings, choose Broadcast again. Inside of the Broadcast section, I can change any of these roles that I want to. So if I don't like the fact that I've required them to post to all of those blogs, I can go back to the Required list and uncheck this box. Hit Save Options, and now the required list is optional. So theoretically, I could go on to the tutorials blog, create a post, and only broadcast it to the magazine or John's blog, or I can go on to John's blog and only broadcast to the magazine site. Totally up to me.

I think that gives you a little bit more control, but if you want to lock everything down, by all means, require the list. Now that we see how easy it is to broadcast a news update or even a post of any kind across all of your WordPress Multisite installations, I hope that you'll use this to create some uniformity across all spaces. If you want more information on how to use the ThreeWP Broadcast plug-in, my suggestion would be to read the developer's web site. You can find that inside the details section when you're installing the plug-in.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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  1. 47s
    1. Welcome
      47s
  2. 16m 30s
    1. Introducing multisite
      2m 40s
    2. Common use cases for multisite
      6m 24s
    3. Understanding multisite server requirements
      1m 40s
    4. Optimizing your hosting environment
      3m 52s
    5. Using subdomains vs. subdirectories
      1m 54s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Enabling the Network feature
      2m 26s
    2. Installing your network
      7m 13s
    3. Troubleshooting network configurations
      4m 4s
    4. Disabling your network installation
      2m 44s
    5. Changing your install type
      3m 23s
    6. Removing the blog permalink
      2m 44s
  4. 46m 27s
    1. Getting to know the network admin interface
      2m 40s
    2. Configuring the network
      6m 2s
    3. Creating your first site
      5m 25s
    4. Managing your user database
      8m 14s
    5. Installing and enabling themes
      7m 16s
    6. Enabling themes on a per-site basis
      3m 56s
    7. Defining a site-wide default theme
      3m 12s
    8. Installing and activating plug-ins
      6m 16s
    9. Updating your network installation
      3m 26s
  5. 29m 15s
    1. Setting up user permissions
      3m 31s
    2. Defining the registration process
      3m 8s
    3. Controlling access to sites
      2m 43s
    4. Importing users from another blog
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding user roles
      3m 39s
    6. Changing user roles on signup
      2m 58s
    7. Exploring blog privacy settings
      6m 1s
    8. Enabling features for site administrators
      3m 23s
  6. 38m 22s
    1. Displaying posts from network sites on the home page
      7m 45s
    2. Displaying a list of your networked sites
      4m 9s
    3. Broadcasting news across all sites
      8m 22s
    4. Gathering and using comments network-wide
      5m 13s
    5. Creating and using global tags and categories
      4m 33s
    6. Exploring network plug-ins
      8m 20s
  7. 17m 18s
    1. Introducing domain mapping
      1m 58s
    2. Using parked or add-on domains
      3m 24s
    3. Altering DNS records
      2m 15s
    4. Installing the domain mapping plug-in
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping a domain to a specific site
      2m 58s
    6. Hiding the original domain name
      3m 25s
  8. 33m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of backing up your web site
      2m 4s
    2. Exploring backup plug-ins
      2m 23s
    3. Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
      8m 29s
    4. Migrating a standalone site into your network
      3m 24s
    5. Migrating an entire network
      7m 41s
    6. Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy
      3m 43s
    7. Remotely storing your backups
      5m 44s
  9. 28s
    1. Final thoughts
      28s

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