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Disabling your network installation

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Video: Disabling your network installation

At this point in time, you are either thinking that WordPress Multisite is the coolest thing you have ever seen, or you are saying, "Man! This is way over my head. I don't really need this stuff. Let's get rid of it." If you are in the latter group, you're in luck. In this movie, I'll show you how to disable the WordPress Multisite feature so that you never have to see it again. But first things first, let's make a backup of some things. I'll jump over into my code editing application, and inside the root directory of my domain, I'll navigate to the wp-content folder. In the wp-content folder, you are looking for that blogs directory that you created.

Disabling your network installation

At this point in time, you are either thinking that WordPress Multisite is the coolest thing you have ever seen, or you are saying, "Man! This is way over my head. I don't really need this stuff. Let's get rid of it." If you are in the latter group, you're in luck. In this movie, I'll show you how to disable the WordPress Multisite feature so that you never have to see it again. But first things first, let's make a backup of some things. I'll jump over into my code editing application, and inside the root directory of my domain, I'll navigate to the wp-content folder. In the wp-content folder, you are looking for that blogs directory that you created.

Basically, I want you to make a backup of this file just so you can have all of the different files and things that are associated with the sites backed up, in case you ever want to turn this stuff back on. So I will take the blogs.dir, right- click on it, and in this case I will just download it to the home folder on this computer. You could simply drag and drop that to your desktop or save it in any way you see fit. Now I'll go back into the root directory of my domain. I need to open up the wp-config and the .htaccess file. If you are unable to see the .htaccess file, you need to enable Show Invisible Files.

Inside of this application, Coda, I just go to View and hit Show Invisible Files. In this case, I already have it turn on, so now it says Hide Invisible Files. Take a look at the documentation of your code editing application to see exactly how to enable that feature. Once you have wp-config and .htaccess open, you are basically just going to remove the stuff that you put in there earlier. If you have a backup of the original wp-config or the original .htaccess, simply re-upload those on top of these other ones and that way it will replace them with their original state.

It's a lot safer to do it that way. I'll scroll down here and find the Multisite code that I added. In this case I know it's everything above, That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. I will select this and go all the way up to where I defined WP_Allow_Multisite. I will delete that and save it. In my .htaccess file I will remove all of the rules inside of BEGIN WORDPRESS and END WORDPRESS, and I will Save it. Once I go back into WordPress, if I refresh my page, it's going to ask me to log in again. I will log in, and as you can see, all of the network options have now disappeared.

I now have a stand-alone regular version of WordPress. So if WordPress Mulitsite's not for you, that's how you get rid of it. Simply go in and restore your wp-config and .htaccess files to their original state. If you have a backup, that's the best way to go about it, but at least now you know how to do it manually as well. So if WordPress Multisite is not for you, go ahead and turn it off. If it is, keep going, we've got a lot more to cover.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

49 video lessons · 10799 viewers

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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