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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.
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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