WordPress Multisite Overview
WordPress allows you to create network of sites sharing a single WordPress installation and this feature is known as WordPress Multisite WPMS (former WordPress Multiuser WPMU project).
WordPress Network sites (also called subsites) may have two types of URL structure –
All subsites use one common database where each subsite's database tables are given unique prefix.
To run successfully WordPress Multisite Network you should have an advanced knowledge on working and managing single WordPress site.
Network Admin Account
WordPress Multisite network is managed from a Network Admin account with super admin privileges.
From the Network Admin account you can:
- Enable/disable themes (for all subsites or on per site basis)
- Activate/deactivate plugins
- Allow subsite administrator to manage themes and plugins
- Add users to subsites
- Allow subsite administrator to add users
- Manage subsite status (public, spam, archived, deleted)
- Enable/disable creating new subsites by users
Simply put super admin can do everything on every network site.
WordPress Multisite Usage
Use multisite network if you want:
- to build network of personal sites
- to manage all sites from a single login screen
- to create virtual sites that are independent of each other
- to simplify the update process
- to allow users build personal sites (free or paid, private or public).
Do not use multisite network:
- if subsites use wide range of resources and too often need assistance from the super admin
- if you think dividing a content heavy site into a network of subsites might get better search engine ranking.
- if subsites cannot use shared resources
- if subsites need serious customization manage them separately
- if each subsite need separate database or IP address
- if subsite administrators need to install their own themes or plugins
We can summarize the pros and cons in one sentence – use multisite network for subsites that are lightweight on resources and maintenance.
WordPress Multisite Resources
We've included several articles to help you install, import and manage your multisite network:
- WordPress Multisite Subdomain
- WordPress Multisite Subdirectory
- WordPress Multisite Import Subdirectory
- WordPress Multisite Import Subdomain
- WordPress Multisite Network Types
- WordPress Multisite Manage Themes
- WordPress Multisite Manage Plugins
- WordPress Multisite Manage Client Sites
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