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Multisite as a Social Network: thoughts, ideas, plugins? (12 posts)

  1. SidianMSJones
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    So there is a chance here I might just be off my rocker in regards to what Multisite really means or intends to be. But I'm very interested in the concept of having your main site, and then the ability for members to sign up and create their own subsite.

    The main site would then pull data such as recent posts, activity, etc from the subsites.

    Unfortunately once 3.0 arrived and I looked around for tags that would do such a thing I found nothing. Now again, perhaps this is because I'm crazy and such a thing was never intended, nor possible. But to me it seems such an obvious set of tags to include.

    I'm no coder by any means but I would think there ought to be ways to aggregate information from our subsites.

    So for instance I have a site about personal mythology. As you can see it has a main blog, and then areas set up (but not working) to pull posts from the subsites. How can someone like me pull this off?

  2. Naturalself
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

  3. SidianMSJones
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That appears to be a great start :)

    I knew about BP but the other one is news to me. I'll have to see just how complicated it might be to get each of the subsites to automatically feed the categories on the main site.

    Also another big concern would be, do all the images, titles, formatting, tags, etc, etc get retained as they are fed to the main site?

  4. Unfortunately once 3.0 arrived and I looked around for tags that would do such a thing I found nothing. Now again, perhaps this is because I'm crazy and such a thing was never intended, nor possible. But to me it seems such an obvious set of tags to include.

    I'm no coder by any means but I would think there ought to be ways to aggregate information from our subsites.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/

    I recommend this in every single thread about aggregating posts to the front page. See it in action on http://homeschooljournal.net

    I would *not* recommend using something like feedwordpress. On a site with more than a handful of blogs, it WILL crash the server.

  5. just2izy
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Andrea, I stumbled on this and since I was just about using feedwordpress I need to know what makes it so bad for aggregating sub- sites. I have a multisite setup (www.233.com.gh; still under construction) and want to use feedwordpress to pull in posts from a sub-site.

    I would *not* recommend using something like feedwordpress. On a site with more than a handful of blogs, it WILL crash the server.

    I tried 'WordPress MU sitewide tags' + 'WordPress MU Featured Posts' both work but my current theme works using two main widgetized areas on the homepage to display recent and featured posts for which I set displayed categories, number of posts in the theme options, so both plugins cannot seem to inject their queries into my homepage directly.

    That's why feedwordpress works cos I just pull in posts from sub-sites and add them to the appropriate Main Site category and voila, except you WARN against that. (Modifying the theme myself will take a bit of time, cos with PHP its 'monkey see, monkey do' for me and a lot of testing plus budget is out so maybe some weeks until I can hire a dev to recode some bits)

    Q1. Even under my full control using specific category feeds to filter out posts feedwordpress 'sees' from sub-sites and brings to the main site and with a maximum of 5 sub-sites to start with, does the CRASH WARNING still stand?

    Q2. Does 'WordPress MU Featured Posts' have some code similar to: <?php ra_featured_show($how_many, $read_more, $show_avatar); ?> with options to set a specific sub-site (maybe using Blog ID) to help retrieve most recent posts from specific sub-sites. That would get me started on editing the theme and probably avoid feedwordpress.

    Ps. If this is off topic, please let me know and I will move it.

  6. Q1. Even under my full control using specific category feeds to filter out posts feedwordpress 'sees' from sub-sites and brings to the main site and with a maximum of 5 sub-sites to start with, does the CRASH WARNING still stand?

    A max of 5 sites, then no. Add more, then you'll start to see issues. Maybe you'll get away with 10 or 20. Maybe you'll hit 50 and it'll crap out.

    But I'm not going to say "sure, use it!" without any disclaimers because someone will always come back and say they did and it crashed their suite because they pulled in 400 feeds. (yes, true story.)

    Q2. Does 'WordPress MU Featured Posts' have some code similar to: <?php ra_featured_show($how_many, $read_more, $show_avatar); ?> with options to set a specific sub-site (maybe using Blog ID) to help retrieve most recent posts from specific sub-sites. That would get me started on editing the theme and probably avoid feedwordpress.

    No but there is other code elsewhere in the forums that WILL go grab posts from specific subsites.

    Need me to dig it up?

  7. just2izy
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Andrea Thanks.

    I guess, for now I will use feedwordpress for the first 3 sub-sites while finding alt solutions. I think I have a fair idea why its bad, 400 posts like some people try will kill a server. Dunno what stress my server can take exactly but its a starter VPS package so i'll risk it until i get a dev or can modify the code to production level myself.

    Need me to dig it up?

    It would be nice to get pointed in the right direction, if you remember any forum threads that had good code discussions for grabbing the posts from subsites, sure dig it up.

    I'm digging myself but its always good to have help from others esp if they have seen a soln to a problem before.

    Thanks.

  8. helpin
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    A max of 5 sites, then no. Add more, then you'll start to see issues. Maybe you'll get away with 10 or 20. Maybe you'll hit 50 and it'll crap out.

    But I'm not going to say "sure, use it!" without any disclaimers because someone will always come back and say they did and it crashed their suite because they pulled in 400 feeds. (yes, true story.)

    Does it causes trouble If I use feedwordpress on a separate installation ?

    Or What happens If I use other aggregator scripts with a separate site on the same shared hosting account?

    Thanks !

  9. helpin
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    And is there any chance to server crash If I use newspage(Popurls like ability) plugin ?

  10. My answer only applies if you are using it in one multisite install.

  11. helpin
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    As RSS Entires for Feedwordpress should be entered by our selves manually and it don't aggregate site wide by itself .It can be used on separate site .So can i use the wordpress powered site based on Feedwordpress as separate installation on the same shared hosting package ?Does it affect the server load?

  12. I already gave my answer.

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