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As a way of getting more publicity for all of the rest of the sites in your network, you may want to aggregate all of the sites that you offer into a list and display them dynamically somewhere inside of your WordPress Multisite installation. Therefore, you're going to need to use a plug-in called Multisite List Shortcode. And in this case, what we're going to do is we're going to get all of the sites together and display them dynamically inside of a list on a page that we create on our main site. So let's go ahead and go up to the Plugins section on the left-hand side of the navigation and choose Add New.
For the Term, we're going to type out Multisite Site List and hit Search Plugins. It should be the first result returned. It's at version 4.0 as of this recording. It's got a 5-star rating, meaning it's pretty good. The author is Bit51.com. I'm going to go ahead and install it, hit OK to confirm it, WordPress unpacks it, downloads it, and installs it. Then I'm going to Network Activate it. Once the plug-in has been network activated, it's now available on all of my sites, but in this case I only want to use it on my main site.
So let's go to the main site and visit the Dashboard. Once I'm inside the Dashboard, I can go down into the Settings and down at the bottom of the Settings, you should see a new option called Multi-site Site List. I'll click on that and that takes me to the Site List Shortcode Options. And you'll notice at the top it gives you some instructions, and it tells you to place a check mark next to the sites below that you wish to exclude from the list. Therefore if you have something like a development site or a testing site, you can exclude that from the list and nobody will see it.
You can also put the short code that they give you here into any post or page where you want the list to appear. And as you can see the short code is kind of hidden in this description right here. What you'll need to do here is simply take this, select it, and copy it to your clipboard. Once you have that short code copied, you're ready to put it in a post or a page. Your List Options are below. You can sort Alphabetically or by Site Creation Date; either one is up to you. You can also choose to open the links in a New Window or the Same Window.
In this case, I'm just going to choose to open them in a new window. I won't exclude anything from the list because I want to give as much publicity as possible to all of the sites in my network. So let's click Save. Once the options are saved, I'm ready to put them into a post or a page. In this case, I'll put it in the Pages, I'll choose Add New and I'll change the title of this to Our Sites. You can change this to My Network, Our Websites, whatever you wanted to put here. Now you can add some content above that if you want to by typing it in. In this case I'm just going to paste in the short code.
Once I've pasted in the short code, I can publish it. Now once I publish the page I can open it up to view it. And as you can see here, I get the heading of my page, Our Sites, and then underneath, a list. You can style as this list via CSS if you want to or even go in and edit the PHP of the plug-in to display some sort of featured image. If I click one of these links, you'll notice it automatically opens a new tab with the Photo Blog Magazine. For the Tutorials page, if I click that, it opens up the Tutorials page.
Pretty quick and pretty easy. If I close this up I can go back into this site. Let's go and visit the site, and you'll notice up here at the top in my navigation, because the theme automatically includes all of the pages in the navigation, I now have a link on the homepage to Our Sites. So if I click that, it takes me directly to that list, and again you can customize this page in any way you see fit. Totally up to you. Hopefully by now you see how beneficial it is to include an aggregate of all of your sites in one central location and also how easy it can be by utilizing the Multisite Site List Shortcode plug-in.
So just simply find that plug-in, network activate it, and then you can include this post or this page anywhere inside of your WordPress Multisite installation.
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