by R H James
With the use of WordPress Multisite, you can easily manage multipleWordpress blogs from one single admin control panel. It can really be a hassle when you have to login to multiple Wordpress websites just to manage all the plug-ins and content, so Wordpress has included the Multisite function in there platform. The complete system is easy to install and run and only takes a few minutes to setup.
You begin by installing Wordpress Multisite at the root and new websites can be added under new sub-directories of the root. This system includes a bunch of great features that are useful to webmasters who need to control all the blogs from one core panel. The admin is referred to as the Super Admin and he/she gets to assign third party administrators to control other sites on the network. If you’d like to open up new blogs on different domains, you can certainly do so. In order to use WordpressMultisite with blogs on different domains, you will need to start using domain mapping.
How do You Use Wordpress MU Domain Mapping?
The domain mapping function in Multisite is available through a plug-in that you would need to download from the plug-in portal on WordPress blogs. The only downfall in installing the plug-in is that it will not install automatically through the auto-installer. You will need to download the files and upload them manually to your content folder. In the wp-content folder, you should create a folder called mu-plug-ins. The file you downloaded, domain_mapping.php should be added into this folder. Another file under the name sunrise.php should be left in the wp-content folder.
In order for the plug-in to work with Wordpress Multisite, you will need to edit wp-config.php and add in the code “define( ‘SUNRISE’, ‘on’ );” without the apostrophes. Now, login to your Super Admin control panel and browse to the domain mapping section. Here, you will need to enter your server information such as the IP addresses that your site uses. Under the tools option, you will be able to add new domains by using the domain mapping button. Make sure to keep your root domain as the primary domain.
Just a tab bit of technical work, and you should be on your way to managing a complete network of Wordpress blogs. Most internet marketers who run a wide range of niche blogs choose to use the Multisite function as it helps them control everything from a single primarydomain name. There is absolutely no question as to why Wordpress has become one of the most powerful blogging systems on the planet, as it makes our lives so much simpler. From simple content managing to complex network management, Wordpress brings it all to the table.
With newer versions of Multisite on Wordpress, it has become even easier to manage hundreds of blogs. Since you only need to update plug-ins and tweak settings just once, it is essentially like you are managing one site. If you are having a hard time managing your blogs, consider trying WordPress Multisite.
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