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Setting up user permissions

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Setting up user permissions

As the network administrator for your WordPress Multisite installation, one of the great things you have the ability to do is pass the buck to your users. So in this movie, we are going to be taking a look at how to add and configure user permissions inside of WordPress Multisite. So the first thing you need to make sure of is that you're logged in as the network admin and you're looking at the Network Admin Dashboard. Second, you want to come over here to the Settings and find Network Settings. Underneath the Network Settings, you want to go down to Registration Settings because this is where you determine exactly what users are allowed to do, if they're allowed to sign up for your site, if they're allowed to sign up for your site and create a new site of their own, or if you allow them to do both at once.

Setting up user permissions

As the network administrator for your WordPress Multisite installation, one of the great things you have the ability to do is pass the buck to your users. So in this movie, we are going to be taking a look at how to add and configure user permissions inside of WordPress Multisite. So the first thing you need to make sure of is that you're logged in as the network admin and you're looking at the Network Admin Dashboard. Second, you want to come over here to the Settings and find Network Settings. Underneath the Network Settings, you want to go down to Registration Settings because this is where you determine exactly what users are allowed to do, if they're allowed to sign up for your site, if they're allowed to sign up for your site and create a new site of their own, or if you allow them to do both at once.

It's all up to you. My recommendation is to utilize this option-- Logged in users may register new sites. What this means is the user has to be in the system first. But once they are in the system, they have the ability to then go and create a new site. So I am going to choose Logged in users may register new sites. Once I do that, I will go down to the bottom and I'll click Save Changes. Once the options are saved, this means any user in my system now has the ability to create their own site inside my network. In a future movie I will talk about how to configure the registration process a little bit more.

But in this movie, let's assume that the user is already in our database and we just want to give them the ability to create their own site. So the first thing I am going to do is navigate to my Users, select All Users, and find the user I want to use. In this case, it's John Smith. So I will go in and Edit John. I am just going to change his password. I am changing the password so I know what it is so I can log in as John and show you how to create your own site. Once I click Update User, John is updated, and I'm now ready to go create my own site.

If the user is already in the database and you had not enabled sign up or registration beforehand, chances are they won't get the email that tells them exactly how to sign up for the site. So you might want to send John an email, or in this case myself an email, indicating exactly where they need to go to sign up for their new site. Let's jump over into another web browser, and I'll visit my site. At the end of the domain name, what they will have to type in is wp-signup.php. That's the address of the page that is used to sign up for a new web site or blog.

You'll notice that when I visit this site and visit wp-sign-up.php, that the domain tells me, You must first log in, and then you can create a new site. That's easy enough. I will click log in. I will log in as johnsmith and click Log In. Once I am logged in, I can create my own site. So I will create johnsmith, This is John's Blog, and then he gets to choose whether or not it appears in search engines like Google, Technorati, et cetera.

In this case I will just say no. Then I will create a site. Once I create it, I get my domain and the ability to log in. So let's go ahead and log in. Once I do that, I'm instantly directed to the Dashboard of that new site. So theoretically, I'm John Smith and I now have access to my own blog on this domain. Pretty cool! Let's close this up. Now that you have seen how easy it is to let users create their own sites or blogs here inside of your WordPress Multisite installation, you're ready to start working on the user registration process so that you can make it as easy as possible for them to create their own web site or blog using your installation of WordPress.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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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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