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[resolved] help with understanding wordpress multisite (11 posts)

  1. eddie stubbington
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hello,
    I have just created a brand new WordPress multisite and would like to know if the is a easy way to have all plugins and settings installed onto all of my blogs with just a few clicks.
    Without cloning because that brought down the server.

  2. Network Activate - Activate for all sites on this install. These go in the normal /plugins folder. All children sites can see that this is installed via plugins.

    See http://premium.wpmudev.org/manuals/wpmu-manual-2/network-enabling-regular-plugins/ for detailed tutorial on how to activate plugins network wide.

  3. To activate a plugin on all sites, go to WP Dashboard -> Network -> Plugins, and click on "network activate"

    However... To force the settings on all sites, you need another plugin like http://wordpress.org/plugins/yd-wpmu-sitewide-options/ :/

  4. eddie stubbington
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Thank you. I shall give that a try.
    One quick idea i just had.
    If i copied all of the plugins from uk2 hosting dashboard. and then pasted them in each part of the website. Will that then copy the settings from the plugins 2.

  5. Bet Hannon
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    By "copy & paste" do you mean FTP? By "each part of the website", do you mean each individual site?

    In multisite, you only have one set of plugins (located in wp-content/plugins), that are then accessible for each site. This is one of the advantages of multisite, that you only have one set of plugins to keep updated. Even if only one sub-site uses a plugin, it still gets installed & potentially available to the whole network.

    To make a plugin active on all the sites, "network activate" it as Ipstenu suggested. This will still mean that each plugin can have individual settings within each site.

    If you want to manage all the settings centrally, then use the plugin suggested.

  6. eddie stubbington
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Okay.

    Will the plugin suggested let me use all of the plugins on all of the sites without config. Thats the main thing i would like to do.

    PS. Where shall i install the plugin ?? The network dashboard or on all of the sites.

  7. Bet Hannon
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    In multisite, plugins can ONLY be installed in the Network Admin dash. Then they can either be network activated (and active for all sites), OR activated for individual sites in the plugin page of each site.

    So install the new plugin in the Network Admin, and network activate it.

  8. eddie stubbington
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Okay.

    How come not all of my plugins installed in the network admin are available on all of the sites ??

  9. Bet Hannon
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    You will not see the network activated plugins on the plugin page for individual sites. But you will see any features those plugins create.

    For example, you can network activate Contact Form 7, and create separate contact forms in each subsite. But you won't see the CF7 plugin on the plugins page of a subsite.

    OR, you can choose to leave CF7 NOT network activated,and then you will see it in the plugins for individual subsites, and have the option to activate it on a per site basis.

  10. eddie stubbington
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Oh okay.

    If it wasnt network activated do i then change the settings on each site ??

  11. eddie stubbington
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Dosen't matter. I have done it know thank you for your help.

    FYI: You can manage settings individually if not network activated.

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