Installatron is common application installer found on many web hosts, learn how to use it to install a WordPress Multisite Network.
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- [Voiceover] Installatron is an application installer that's used by many web hosting services to make the installation of open source applications, such as WordPress, extremely easy. In an earlier movie, we got a glimpse of Installatron when we created the base WordPress install for our student's site example. Now, let's take a deeper look at an application installer to create a WordPress multi-site network for our courses. Scroll back to the web application section under Featured Applications.
And we see the shortcut for WordPress that we used in an earlier movie. Not all hosting environments will have a shortcut directly to a WordPress installer, though. Some may only have an icon for Installatron or whatever application installer they use. In which case you may have to hunt around a bit to find the link to the WordPress information and install pages that we saw earlier. Just as before, let's install our base site into a directory that describes the kind of sites that we have in our network.
In this case, type in courses since we'll be using this network for all of our course sites. It's a good idea to use all lowercase letters and no spaces or special characters in the directory name since this will be part of the URL. Double check that the URL appears how you want it. Mine will be sandbox.stateu.org/courses. Next, select the version of WordPress to install. Multi-site requires version 3.0 or later, but I'd suggest always installing the latest stable or recommended version.
Next, you have the EULA and preferences for handling automatic updates for plugins, themes, and backups, which are generally all a good idea to have turned on. In the Settings section, a random administrator user name and password has been created for you. Since you can access the admin page through your dashboard, you do not need to change these. However, if you want the option to log in to your site by going to the wp/admin page directly, then feel free to set them to something that you'll remember and choose a strong password to protect your sites.
Verify that your email address is correct. The website title is the name that appears on your dashboard and has the title of your site. Let's set this to courses and for the tagline enter something descriptive about your network. Course sites for Chris Mattia. Finally is the Enable Multi-site radio button. Change this radio button to Yes, and Installatron will automatically make all of the other setting changes necessary to set up a multi-site network for you automatically.
At the bottom, click Install. When Installatron finishes installing your multi-site network, let's check to make sure that it's set up correctly. Go to your wp/admin page and notice at the top of your window you should see a new menu that says My Sites with a Network Admin and Courses section underneath of it. Congratulations, you now have your own multi-site network that's ready to go. In the next several movies, we'll walk through the process of manually installing a multi-site network.
If you would like to skip the manual install, repeat the steps in this movie to create a second multi-site install, but change the name for the directory to sites, which you can use instead of the student's example that we'll use later in this course. If you're skipping ahead, meet me in the next chapter. Otherwise, let's roll up our sleeves and learn how to manually install WordPress multi-site.
- 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