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This course presents the WordPress Multisite feature, which allows web site designers and administrators to create a network of sites and blogs from a single installation of WordPress. Author Justin Seeley covers installing the network components, configuring their web server/hosting environment, using the Multisite Network Administration panel, managing users, and backing up, migrating, and restoring a multisite installation.
If you're managing multiple users and blogs here inside of WordPress Multi-site environment or if you're going to allow open registration on your web site or blogs in WordPress Multi-site, you might want to think about adding a plug-in that allows you to set a default role for each new user inside of Multi-site. The best plug-in I've found for this is one called Multisite User Management. Let's go find that plug-in now and in this movie I'll show you how to set a default role for each individual blog inside of your Multi-site environment to control the user role upon sign-up. Let's go and find the plug-in underneath the Plugins directory and choose Add New.
Inside of the Add New screen, I'm going to type in multisite user management and I'll click Search Plugins. It should be the first result returned, but you're looking for the plug-in called Multisite User Management version 1.0 and the author is Brent Shepherd. Once I find it, I'll click Install Now. Once I click Install, I'll hit OK. The plug-in is unpacked and installed, and I can Network Activate. Once it's been network activated, it's time to go set up your roles.
So go over to the Settings section and choose Network Settings. Inside of Network Settings you're going to scroll down. Towards the bottom of the Network Settings, you'll see a new section called Multisite User Management. Here it tells you to select the default role for each one of your sites in your WordPress Multi-site environment. It tells you that new users will receive these roles when activating their account. Existing users will receive these roles only if they have the current default role or no role at all for a particular site. Any user that you've already assigned a role to, such as made an admin or an editor et cetera, their roles will not be affected by this plug-in.
So in this case, for John's Blog, I'm going to set the default user role to Subscriber. Under This is a Test, that's just a test blog that I set up, so again, Subscriber. For the PhotoBlog Magazine I want users to be able to write articles for this. So I'm going to go ahead and add them as a Contributor. For the PhotoBlog Tutorial site, I want people to submit as many tutorials as they can so my community can grow, so I'll go here and also add that as a contributor. Now remember, as a contributor, these users will be able to create content but not publish them.
Therefore I have final say over what gets published on the blog. Finally, for the Photo Blog, I'm going to set this role to Author because I want people to post their pictures and stories from around the globe. Therefore, on the Photo Blog site, they are an author and they can create their own content as well as publish their content as well. Once I'm finished, I hit Save Changes. Any new user that signs up for the sites will automatically adopt these roles, making it so much easier for me to control the flow of content in all of my WordPress Multi-site environments.
So again, we use the Multisite User Management plug-in to set default roles for any of our WordPress Multisite environments here inside of the Dashboard. It's a quick and easy way of making sure that you are control of the content.
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