WordPress Multisite Suggestions

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  1. Great write-up, Eric. We went through many of the same decisions and questions when we pushed UMW's website into WordPress. Your site hierarchy plugin looks awesome, but I'm curious if you considered using a multi-network setup before deciding to write your own solution. That's what we ended up doing at UMW, and it was quite fun, actually.

    I'd love to discuss the project with you further at some point, if you're game (we touched on some of these subjects during our discussions at HighEdWeb). Good luck with the changeover. I'll be very interested to see how things turn out.

    • eric says:

      Hey Curtiss, thanks for the advice. I would like to get together sometime to discuss the setup you have at UMW. At this point in time I thought going with the multi-network setup would be too much; maybe you can sway my thinking. It wouldn't resolve any of the navigation problems I discussed in this post; it would however help with more robust permissions.


  2. Dan Demmons says:

    Great post Eric! I'm just about to dive into the WordPress Multisite world- using it as option 1, our main blogging platform for the college, and in a pinch, as a CMS for some faculty members. How was the initial setup? Easy like a typical WP install? Approximately how many separate sites do you guesstimate you'll have on board when all is said and done? How beefy a box do you have this set up on? I'm right at the initial start of this project – any tips you'd care to share would be greatly appreciated!


    • eric says:

      Hey Dan, welcome aboard! It's pretty easy to turn WordPress into a multisite installation. I'd suggest reading up on it first. It takes about another 5-10 minutes after your WordPress site is setup. I didn't mention it in my post, but we also have option 1 setup at Maryville: http://blogs.maryville.edu.

      On our blog installation, we currently have just under 1200 blogs. I would also mention that it doesn't get a lot of use. Last month we had 71 active users doing something to their blogs. As for our new webserver, I'm hoping to keep it somewhere around 20-50 separate sites. I'll really be using sites to separate users with different permissions.

      As for the hardware end of things, this was handled by our network staff. We are a VMWare shop, so I'm not exactly sure what the specs were for the server. I'd definitely look into some caching when you set it up. At least install WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache. One of our blog sites is a magazine for alumni and you can definitely tell when they've sent it out.

      Here's a list of some other resources to look into:

      New Blog Defaults (Useful for setting default timezone, permalink structure, etc on new blogs)

      WPMU LDAP Plugin (Great ldap plugin that can automatically create the user and blog whenever a new person logs in)On a sidenote, I'd love to figure out a way to automate removing blogs as people are removed from LDAP.

      Gravity Forms (Commercial, but I highly recommend)

  3. vbk says:


    Can you tell me if this is available in WordPress Plugin repository? I have googled a bit for the plugin and could not find it(Site Structure)

    Thanks !

    • eric says:

      Hi there,

      I have not released the Site Structure plugin. It needs some customizations to make it easier for embedding in the sidenav. I might get to that eventually. I've been pretty busy at work lately though.


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