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How Users Can Build Sites in WordPress Multisite Network

WordPress Multisite gives site owners lots of options - managing resources and users from a super admin account, increased subsites security, sharing resources, easy maintenance etc.

Undoubtedly, however, the most important feature of WordPress Multisite is the ability users to create their own sites on the network.

Most Internet users are looking for new opportunities to present themselves and their business to a diverse circle of visitors.

One such option for them is to register a subsite in your multi-site network, which makes WordPress Multisite an important marketing tool.

In this article we will introduce you to the different ways visitors can register accounts or sites in WordPress Multisite.

Before we start the tests All registration forms use the same template file wp-signup.php, which, depending on the selected option, displays the corresponding content.

All tests will follow the same steps - first we select registration option on the Network Settings screen (do not forget to save changes) and then we follow the instructions in the template file http://wpms.hostpulse-demo.com/wp-signup.php

You may paste the URL directly in your browser or to create a link to it in a post or in the sidebar on the home page – it's up to you to choose.

wordpress multisite user sites

Go to Administration > Network Admin > Settings:

wordpress multisite user sites

From Registration Settings section the super admin can change the type of the allowed registrations or to disable any new registrations.

There are two more important settings on this screen:

wordpress multisite user sites

wordpress multisite user sites

It is up to the super admin decision to enable or disable any of these options.

Let's check what happens when each of the registration options is activated.

Registration is disabled

This option is self-explanatory – no registration allowed.

The template file http://wpms.hostpulse-demo.com/wp-signup.php displays only a short message:

Registration has been disabled.

wordpress multisite user sites

If registration is disabled, please set NOBLOGREDIRECT in wp-config.php to a URL you will redirect visitors to if they visit a non-existent site:

define('NOBLOGREDIRECT', 'http://wpms.hostpulse-demo.com');

Place the code just above this line:

/ That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. /

User accounts may be registered

When the second option is selected we can start the registration process on the displayed web page.

Enter user name and email address, then click the Next button:

wordpress multisite user sites

wordpress multisite user sites

Open your mail box and click the link to activate your account:

wordpress multisite user sites

On the next screen you'll see your account password and login link:

wordpress multisite user sites

If you miss to copy the password do not worry – the WordPress sends a second email with all login details:

wordpress multisite user sites

The Network administrator also receives email with information about new user account:

wordpress multisite user sites

From a technical point of view this is the complete user registration process.

The registration is successful and the new user can login successfully in the account but this user has no access to any resources or privileges.

One obvious option is to change the default role to the new subscribers at least to contributor which will give this user actual reason to register.

Another option for the super admin is to add new site to this user manually.

Logged in users may register new sites

This option is the most confusing one.

When an already registered user logs in and visits the registration template URL http://wpms.hostpulse-demo.com/wp-signup.php, this user can register a new site.

For this example the registered user mark has logged in his account and loads the registration URL.

wordpress multisite user sites

Let's imagine you are this user mark.

Enter your domain keyword (the first part of the sub-domain URL) and the site title. If you decide to keep search engines away from your site for awile, select No radio button.

Click Create Site button:

wordpress multisite user sites

Your new subsite is ready. Click Log in link to enter new site administration:

wordpress multisite user sites

wordpress multisite user sites

Your new Mark Webmaster site is installed with the default WordPress theme:

wordpress multisite user sites

wordpress multisite user sites

Because this user mark was already registered no other email is sent to its associated email address. Informative email is sent only to the super admin:

wordpress multisite user sites

If the logged in user (mark in the example) already has created subsites and visits again the registration template file WordPress will list all users subsites:

wordpress multisite user sites

Both sites and user accounts can be registered

From Network Settings screen we activate the last option and open the registration URL.

In the first screen enter username and email address. Choose the appropriate option by selecting one of the two radio buttons – site or username. We'll leave the default - Gimme a site!

Click Next button:

wordpress multisite user sites

We've been on the same screen during the previous test – enter domain part and site title. For a new site to disable search engine indexing looks like a more logical option.

wordpress multisite user sites

Click Signup button:

wordpress multisite user sites

There is a lot of information on the next screen. In short – check your email to activate new site (you have two days to do it) and information about possible email problems.

Go to your mailbox and click the link in the email to activate the new site:

wordpress multisite user sites

Another email is sent with the URL of the new site and all login details:

wordpress multisite user sites

Login new site administration and visit your new User Created Site:

wordpress multisite user sites

Again if a logged user visits registration template the WordPress will list all user subsites. In our case this user is the Network Administrator and for the most priviledged user there is special welcome message:

wordpress multisite user sites


This was really long tutorial covering lots of information.

Now you know how exactly the registration works in WordPress Multisite so you can choose the most appropriate option.

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