Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress
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Migrating a standalone site into your network


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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.
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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 35s
    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 24s
    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. 29s
    1. Final thoughts
      29s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Optimizing the hosting environment for Multisite
  • Enabling the Network feature
  • Troubleshooting network configurations
  • Creating your first site
  • Installing and enabling themes on a per-site basis
  • Defining a default theme sitewide
  • Controlling access to sites
  • Enabling features for site administrators
  • Displaying a list of networked sites
  • Broadcasting news across all sites
  • Gathering and using comments network-wide
  • Mapping domains and mapping to certain sites
  • Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
  • Migrating a stand-alone site into a network
Subject:
Web
Software:
WordPress
Author:
Justin Seeley

Migrating a standalone site into your network

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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