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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.
The whole point of using WordPress Multisite is to actually have more than one site. So in this movie we're to be taking a look at how to create your first site inside of your WordPress Multisite installation. In order to do this, we're going to use the Network Admin panel. So be sure you're logged in as the Network Administrator and you're viewing the Network Admin Dashboard. Once you get to the Dashboard, you can go about reaching the new site creation screen in one of two ways. You can go up to My Sites > Network Admin and choose Sites, or you can simply come over here to the left and choose Sites and hit Add New.
Once you click Add New, you're taken directly to the Add New Site screen. On the Add New Site screen, there are few things you need to be aware of. First of all, the Site Address. This is the actual address of the site that you're creating. If you're using a sub-domain install, you'll see a blank field and directly underneath it, the domain name to which you're attaching it to. You'll notice here that you're only able to use characters A through Z and numbers 0 through 9. You're not supposed to use anything like underscores, dashes, or anything like that. Also underneath that, you'll define a Site Title and an Admin Email.
As you'll see underneath, it tells you that a new user will be created if the above email address is not in the database. What that means is if this email address is somebody who's not currently in the system, it will automatically create a new user account for them and make them the admin of this particular site. It does not, however, make them a network administrator. You'll have to do that in the Users panel and we'll cover that in a future movie. It also tells you that the username and password will be emailed to this email address. So you don't have any control over their username or their password.
It's automatically created for them right here. The username is usually the name of the site and the password will be an auto-generated password. Once you're finished filling out this information, you click Add Site. Let's go ahead and create our first site now. So in this case I'm running my photo blog still. So I'm going to add a tutorials sub- site, so I'll add tutorial and it will be tutorial.mydomain.com. The Site Title, I'm going to call it PhotoBlog Tutorials. And underneath, I'm going to enter in an Admin Email address.
Once I click Add Site, the new site has been created. If I want to, I can visit the Dashboard, and once I get to the Dashboard you'll notice that it's a standard WordPress site dashboard; everything you would expect inside of a normal WordPress site. Let's go ahead and take a look at the site itself. If I go here and choose Visit Site, it automatically opens up to show me the PhotoBlog Tutorials site. You'll notice it uses the standard WordPress 2011 theme.
It also has the Hello World! post and the first comment as defined by the standard WordPress installation. We could have customized this during our site setup process. You'll also notice that up here in the Address Bar I now have tutorial.mydomain.com, which is exactly what I set up in the site creation field. Let's go back to the Dashboard now. Once I'm back inside the Dashboard, you'll notice that I still see the link up in my Admin Bar to My Sites. That's because the email address that I used when creating this new site was the same as my network admin email.
That means that I am now the network administrator as well as the administrator of this particular site. If I had used a different email address that was not already a network administrator, I would not be able to access the My Sites section of my Multisite installation. If I go back to MySites, I can choose Network Admin, or I can go to the Dashboard for the original domain or for the PhotoBlog Tutorials which is where I'm at right now. Let's go back to the Network Admin and choose Sites. Once I'm on the Sites screen, you'll notice here that I have the ability to hover over these sites and edit them to make changes, view their dashboard, or visit the site.
You'll also notice that I get information about when the site was last updated, when the site was registered, and the users that are attached to that site. Currently I only have one user, and that's me, the admin. If I'm working on a sub-site, for instance the tutorial page, you'll notice here that I have the ability to not only edit and visit the site, but I also have the ability to deactivate the site, which temporarily turns it off. I can also archive it which, just puts it into an archive situation, not visible, and then finally I can spam it.
So let's say for instance that I have open registration allowed on my site. If I allow open registration. that means anybody can come to my site and create a web site or blog. In many cases, those are going to be spam bots. So if I come in here and I see sites that I haven't personally created or none of my admins have created, I can spam those and that will help in fighting future spam sign-ups. I can also delete the site if I choose to, and if you delete the site, it's gone forever, including all of the content you've put into it. So be careful with hitting that button. Once you're finished managing your sites, you can go back to the Network Admin and continue working from the Dashboard.
Now we've seen how to create a new site inside of our WordPress Multisite installation. This should make it really easy to create future sites. You simply fill out the information, click the button, and you're off and running. So you should be well on your way to creating multiple sites inside of your WordPress Multisite.
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