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[resolved] Letting administrators install themes and plugins (8 posts)

  1. biberkopf
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi, I'm crazy about the integration of MS into WP3, and I'm working on integrating at music academy for students and teachers. But I seem to be expecting to much - or I can't find a proper solution:

    We want the alle the blog admins to be able to install their own themes and plugins even if they have not been sanctioned/preinstalled by the superadmin.

    This may sound daring, but we need to keep superadmin involvement at a minimum. And furthermore, we need don't want the users to feel handcuffed if they have creative ideas.

    So, is there a way to do this? Some superadmin plugin or hacking of the codebase?

    Any feedback is much appreciated.

    PS: Does anybody have a link to a good 'WP Multisite Superadmin Primer' or the like ...?

  2. We want the alle the blog admins to be able to install their own themes and plugins even if they have not been sanctioned/preinstalled by the superadmin.

    No can do out of the box. Security issue.

    POSSIBLY you could make a new sitewide user level to do it, but I'm 90% sure it's locked down across the board.

  3. This may sound daring, but we need to keep superadmin involvement at a minimum. And furthermore, we need don't want the users to feel handcuffed if they have creative ideas.

    then you need to give them their own install.

    Otherwise, the only way to do this is make them ALSO super admins, which is just a bad idea.

    When a theme is installed, then *everyone* has access to it.

  4. Damien Saunders
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi there

    As Ipstenu says -- multisite installs share the same theme directory and plugins - so you can't let anyone install additional themes.

    You can as Super Admin install the theme or plugin and make it available for individual blogs ... look up plugins like S2member or plugin commander or theme visibility

    Let me know if I can help?

    Damien

  5. look up plugins like S2member or plugin commander or theme visibility

    None of those have anything to do with his issue.

  6. biberkopf
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanx for all the feedback. This is what I suspected. I don't have much experience as a superadmin, but I suspect that one might easily be spammed by students that have various wishes for specific themes and plugins in a Multisite installation. One idea for a solution for the future could be, that the admins could search, download, and install plugins/themes through in the normal manner, but the final installation would await the approval/disapproval of the superadmin. A bit like the approval of a comment. That would make the daily life easier for the superadmin, I guess.

    PS: Sorry for all the sloppy typos in my initial posting.

  7. but I suspect that one might easily be spammed by students that have various wishes for specific themes and plugins in a Multisite installation.

    If you give them a lot to choose from to start, then you're not inundated with requests. For many users, they can barely navigate the backend, so coming to the comclusion that in a *single* install they can do this... well, I'm just saying the amount of requests you'll actually get is gonna be quite low.

    Speaking from my own experience, my one site had up over 600 users and the amount of people who requested specific themes & plugin be installed was probably less than a dozen over 4 years.

  8. biberkopf
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you, Andrea.
    That's very useful info from the real experience.
    I'll take that into account.

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