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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.
As you start to expand your WordPress Multisite environment, it's a good idea to get a handle on the registration process that users have to go through in order to create a profile or even a new blog or site inside of your WordPress Multisite environment. In this movie, I'll review how you can customize the WordPress registration process here inside of the WordPress Admin Dashboard. I will also show you a cool plug-in to add a little bit of something extra to the registration process as well. Let's first start off by being logged in as the network administrator here on my photo blog. Once I am logged into the network administrator, I want to make sure that I am viewing the Dashboard, and I'll go down to the Settings and choose Network Settings.
Inside of the Network Settings, you can see here that we have a section for Registration Settings. We talked about the Allow new registrations in a previous movie. Now let's talk about the rest of these options. Registration notification--do you want to send the network administrator an email every time someone registers for the site? Do you want to allow site administrators to add new users to their site? If you want to give that level of control to everyone else that's an administrator in your network, go ahead and check that box. You can also choose some New Site Settings from here as well--stuff like the Welcome Email, the Welcome User Email, First Post, and First Page.
The Welcome User Email is the email that users receive as soon as they sign up for a new account here. You can customize this with any text, including HTML. The Welcome Email is the same way. It tells you that their new site name has been successfully created once they've created a new blog inside of your WordPress Multisite. If there's anything extra you want to provide here, go ahead and do that. Once you get all of these options set up the way you like it, simply come down to the bottom and click Save Changes. Once you do that, all the options are then saved and any time anyone goes to create a new web site or blog inside of your WordPress Multisite, all of these options should follow suit and send the proper emails and use the settings that you define.
Now if you want to take it one step further and be part of the cool crowd, you can utilize an awesome plug-in than I found called Signup Code. Signup Code limits who can sign up for your blog or a user account on your site, by requiring that they enter in a special Signup Code. This is like a beta invite that a lot of these custom social sites on the web are utilizing today. You can get this plug-in as a part of the premium wpmudev.org site. It does cost a little bit of money, but it adds that extra level of professionalism to your site.
All you have to do is download Signup Code and install it. Then you go in and you define the code yourself. Once someone comes to sign up for your site, they have to enter in that code in the area that you see here. Once they enter it in, they're in, but they don't have the code, they're not getting in. Adding that level of exclusivity to your site could add a little something extra, and it makes you little bit more mysterious. Let's go back into the Network Settings. Once I return back here, I can make any necessary changes I want or continue customizing my site. Hopefully by now you see that it's pretty easy to define the user registration process here inside of WordPress Multisite.
And with the help of the plug-in, you can make it even more cool. So take some time and craft out the perfect user registration process. Make it as interactive as possible and you will keep your users coming back for more.
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