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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.
There may come a time as you're working in a WordPress Multisite environment that you feel the need to bring another site under the umbrella of your WordPress Multisite that exists somewhere else. In this case, I have a Travel Blog and this Travel Blog lives on its own separate domain. But I want that to be brought into my WordPress Multisite environment so that it shares the other plug-ins and the one single point of update that all the rest of my domains do. So what am I going to do? Well, I could just copy and paste the content into blog posts and pages and things like that. But that's no fun. I want to go ahead and do this in one fell swoop.
So what am I going to do? I'm going to use a plug-in. I'll close this up and go back into my Network Administration Dashboard for my Photo Blog. For this particular action, I'm going to use BackupBuddy. So I find the BackupBuddy link on the left, and we'll go down to Multisite Import. It should be noted here that this feature is still in BETA and therefore it's not 100% reliable. However, in my experience, it's pretty good. As you can see, the BackupBuddy Multisite Import allows you to import a site from a BackupBuddy archive, and that new site can then be migrated into an existing multisite installation.
Here in the options, it's telling me the backup file that it's going to import. It's going to import the backup of that domain that was created on this day. I've got that backup file sitting in the root directory of my WordPress Multisite Installation. So once I downloaded it from the previous site, I simply uploaded it to that root directory. BackupBuddy automatically recognizes that backup file. My new site address is simply going to be Travel. You can choose the Advanced Configuration Options if you want to, but chances are, if you don't know what you're doing in here, you're going to do more harm than good.
So just collapse those up and don't worry about them for now. Go ahead and click Next Step. Once I finish that next step, it tells me the site has been created. It tells me also that I can verify that I'm sure that I want to import this site. It cannot be undone and that's okay. I'll just click Next Step. Once I click Next Step, it tells me that the files have been extracted to a temporary directory. So I'll click Next again. It goes through here and it tells me that files such as media plug-ins and themes have all been successfully migrated.
It goes through now and imports the database. It says database imported. I'm all good so far. Step six-- my database has been migrated, so everything is now in the same place. Step seven-- my users from that previous site, if I had any, were all migrated into this existing site. You can see here, it tells me the last step is the Final Cleanup. This will delete the BackupBuddy zip archive and also delete the temporary import files.
If you don't want to remove those, you can uncheck those boxes. I don't necessarily need them, so I'll leave it checked. Now, I'll click Next. Now, it tells me my site has been successfully created and imported into the Multisite network. So let's open this up in a new tab. As you can see, it imports in my Travel Blog. There is my I love Travel, Another Cool Trip, and My Trip to Spain. Everything from that stand-alone site has now been migrated into my WordPress Multisite Installation.
So hopefully, now you understand exactly what it means to bring in a site from an external location and put it underneath your WordPress Multisite umbrella, and using the BackupBuddy plug-in makes that extremely easy to accomplish that.
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