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Controlling access to sites

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Controlling access to sites

One of the challenges that we face as an administrator inside of WordPress Multisite is the ability to add users to different web sites or blogs inside of our Multisite installation. By default, users are allowed to sign up and create as many blogs as we want, if we give them permission to. However, there is no point and click way to assign a user to another blog, or web site without using a plug-in. In this movie, I'll cover how to control access to your various web sites or blogs using this simple user Admin Plugin. The first thing I need to do is go find the Plugin. So let's go over to the left-hand side and visit the Plugins menu and choose Add New.

Controlling access to sites

One of the challenges that we face as an administrator inside of WordPress Multisite is the ability to add users to different web sites or blogs inside of our Multisite installation. By default, users are allowed to sign up and create as many blogs as we want, if we give them permission to. However, there is no point and click way to assign a user to another blog, or web site without using a plug-in. In this movie, I'll cover how to control access to your various web sites or blogs using this simple user Admin Plugin. The first thing I need to do is go find the Plugin. So let's go over to the left-hand side and visit the Plugins menu and choose Add New.

Inside of the Install Plugin screen, I am going to come right here and I'll just type in Simple User Admin. Then I'll click Search Plugins. It should be the first result returned, nut you are looking for Simple User Admin and the author is Chris Taylor. Once you find that plug-in, click Install Now. WordPress will ask you, Are you sure if you want to install this plug-in? Go ahead and say OK. It will then Download it, unpack it and install it, and then you can Network Activate it.

Once the plug-in has been Network Activated, you can then visit the Users tab on the side menu and then select Simple User Management. It's a little confusing since the actual tab name is different than the name of the plug-in. So you have to remember, you're installing the Simple User Admin plug-in, but then it becomes Simple User Management when inside of your installation. Once you have reached the Simple User Management screen, you have two options. You can Search for Users and then add them to blogs, or you can Search for Blogs and add users to them.

In this case, I'm just going to go down to the bottom of the screen and pick the blog that I want to add a user to. In this case, I want to add a user to Magazine. You'll notice here that I have a couple of users already assigned to this. And that's okay. I'll go ahead and add another user by searching for them here. I will just type in dave. Once I hit Search, it goes through and it finds dave in my user database. If I want to assign dave a role, I can by clicking here. We will cover roles in depth in a future movie.

For now, I'm just going to leave dave as an administrator. Once I have dave as an administrator, I can click Add user to blog. As you can see, dave has been added to my list and I get a confirmation message letting me know that the user has been added to this blog. His User ID is 5, the Blog ID is 5, and the Role is administrator. So as you can see, adding users to other web sites or blogs inside of WordPress Multisite is somewhat challenging if you don't utilize this plug-in. So remember, it's called the Simple User Admin plug-in. And once you add that to your site, you will be well on your way to adding users in a point and click fashion right here inside of WordPress Multisite.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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Justin Seeley
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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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