Answer the big 3 design questions of Who, What and Where for your WordPress Multisite network.
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- [Voiceover] When designing your Multisite Network, it's helpful to begin by having a general idea about three common questions. Who, what, and where? First, decide who you're creating you network for, sites that you're managing for yourself, or sites that others are managing. For teachers, by far the most common type of network is one where you're managing all of your own sites, such as, one site for each of your courses. Usually, personal student sites would be managed by your campus IT department.
But it is fairly common for teachers to host a network of student sites for specific class project or assignment, where the students take over management of the sites during the course. We'll walk through examples of both of these types of networks in this course. Next, consider what kind of content will be on the sites on your network. Do you intend to host content that is publicly available or is it just for your students? If your intent is to make all of the content on all of your sites open and available to the public, then, you're all set.
If you need to restrict content on your network, then you'll need a plugin like the network privacy plugin that we'll look at in a later chapter of this course. Where will you host your network of sites? On-campus, or off? Many campuses have the infrastructure for you to host a WordPress site on-campus. Contact your IT department to find out what resources are available to you. You may want or need to use an off-campus web hosting environment, like the one we're using on stateu.org.
In either case, you'll need to find out how much storage capacity you have available to you, since all of the sites on your network will share this storage capacity. We'll look at strategies for dealing with storage limitations in later movies. Next, you need to make a single technical decision. And we'll look at that in the next movie.
- Creating a test environment to configure WordPress Multisite
- Designing a Multisite network
- Manually creating a Multisite network
- Creating new sites
- Managing access and privacy settings
- Adding and managing users
- Managing plugins and themes across multiple sites
- Creating a site template
- Aggregating posts in a Multisite network
- Supporting students
- Exporting student sites