Multisite [‘mʌltisaɪt;] is an environment, which consists of several technical closely connected websites. WordPress is already offering the possibility to manage your network with WordPress in standard.
The advantages of a WordPress Multisite setup are clear to see. Several independent or related blogs can be operated by one WordPress installation, through which the maintenance costs are greatly reduced; Synergies between WordPress items can be used to portray multilingual sites, for example.
Here are some applied examples:
- WordPress.com: is probably one of the biggest WordPress Multisite installations.
- Universities, schools and other education establishments are a further area of application for a WordPress Multisite. Therefore large amounts of content are often produced, which are divided into several segments (Colleges subject areas, etc.) The University of Maine uses WordPress Multisite to network and organise the various subject areas. Teachers and pupils can create their own blogs and can exchange information so quickly and easily.
- The Local news service meinestadt.de in the German speaking world, with more than 2000 instances, is probably one of the biggest WordPress Multisite installations. This site was build by our agency Inpsyde.
- Multi-lingual websites can be implemented with the WordPress Multisite installation, in this way a number of supported languages are available. For this kind of application there is among others the Plugin MultilingualPress, which uses the Multisite functionality for displaying several languages.
Set up WordPress Multisite.
We are coming to the interesting part, the installation, which takes no longer than the famous 5 Minutes WordPress Installation.
- Stage 1: Preparation
First of all, a standard version of WordPress must be installed. Subsequently, the standard Permalink Structure
must be changed to a readable format “’’/Hello-world’’’’
- Stage 2: Allow the Multisite
the terms WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE must be entered.
12/* Multisite */Define ( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );
- Stage 3: Install the Multisite
WordPress creates a backend of tools and a new menu option “Network settings” is available. The fundamental configurations for WordPress Multisite are determined on this page. Firstly, you can choose between sub-domains and sub-directories. Lastly, the network can be assigned a title under “Network details”.
After clicking on “install now” new data tables are created with the format
and this leads on the next stage.
- Stage 4: Setting up the Multisite
At the last stage, WordPress displays the generated configurations, which must be entered in the
und der .htaccess fields.
After all has been correctly entered; you are prompted to log in once again at WordPress. From now, there is a WordPress backend with the menu option “my blogs”. Under this you will find a list of existing blogs and the “network administrator”.
About the Author René Reimann
Hi ich bin ausgebildeter Mediengestalter für Digital- & Printmedien, mit mehr als nur ein Gefühl für Formen, Farben und Komposition. Ich bin Vater, Ehemann, Webentwickler, Webdesigner, Berater, Ausbilder, Mitglied in der IHK Prüfkommission für Mediengestalter, Fotograf und I ♥ WordPress.
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