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[resolved] Multisite with Flexibility theme (10 posts)

  1. zzzmuzz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am wanting to use Flexibility theme to customize each site of a multisite. Unfortunately when I spend ages getting layout and header image right on one site, it transfers to the others!!

    I have done the changes as superadmin (which was recommended on one site) but that didn't help.

    I noticed that Bettega on this forum seemed to have had some success:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/multisite-theme-edit?replies=24

    I have not at this point gained help for this from the theme developer, but thought someone here might have a solution.

    Thanks.

    I hesitate to bring this up here because it is probably a theme issue, however I have not found the relevant information on the theme site.

  2. Are you editing the theme files directly?

  3. zzzmuzz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No, I am using the Flexibility3 theme option tabs.

  4. Unfortunately when I spend ages getting layout and header image right on one site, it transfers to the others!!

    You mean that every time you change the main site, it changes ALL the subsites?

    That's this theme? http://www.flexibilitytheme.com/

    Have you asked there?

  5. zzzmuzz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No I mean that when I make a change in one subsite it impacts on the others. (I leave the main site well alone apart from administration).
    I have asked at the Flexibility site but no answers yet.
    Hopefully Bettega who I noted above will see this and comment.

    Thanks for the input.

  6. No I mean that when I make a change in one subsite it impacts on the others. (I leave the main site well alone apart from administration).

    That ... doesn't make any sense, unless the theme is badly coded and uses ONE database table to handle ALL it's special settings. Go in via a DB editor and see if there's a wp_flexibility table or something?

  7. zzzmuzz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have managed to make contact with the developer and he says that the Flexibility theme is not available on multisite.

    "Flexibility is not multi-site compatible unfortunately. It was developed when it was still WPMU before multi-site was combined into the regular version of WP. The theme isn’t poorly coded, it was just built to be a single install before multi-site was released.
    FlexSqueeze on the other hand is multi-site compatible. I just haven’t made the same changes to Flex 3 to allow it to be compatible." (Flexsqueeze is the paid for upgrade)

    He does intend at some stage to make Flexibility multisite but is incorporating other changes as well into the new version.

    Hopefully this information will be of value to others also in their decision making because I dived in did lots of work then found the theme recommended for what I was doing did not work on Flexibility. It is a great theme!

  8. If the theme is making it's own table for settings and it's not able to be multisite aware, it's badly coded, IMO. That's what wp_options is for. Or using the right defines when making the table. Why do I say that? Because if you used the $wpdb global object in the call to create the table, then that always points to the correct database table names in both the single and multisite WordPress configurations. He didn't do it wrong, he did it poorly and not-future proofed, and not the way that would have been approved for the WordPress theme repo. In the meantime, I strongly urge the author to put a warning up on his site before you buy the theme that it won't work in Multisite.

    And everyone, if you go to buy a theme, ask if it's MultiSite capable first.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_Tables_with_Plugins#Database_Table_Prefix

    http://shibashake.com/wordpress-theme/write-a-plugin-for-wordpress-multi-site

  9. zzzmuzz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Excellent advice. Just for clarification, the theme as I am using was/is for free, so not something I feel I can complain about. Although there is a paid for version ($47) which removes attribution and footer links, it is not multisite. I would be happy to pay if it was. It is a great theme for non programmers.

    The upgrade is Flexsqueeze. This is multisite, and has a lot of attractive features (sales pages, font replacements etc). At $127 it is overkill for my needs and more than I want to pay out at this stage.

  10. Although there is a paid for version ($47) which removes attribution and footer links

    Okay, no theme in the WordPress repository is permitted this, and it's generally frowned on. Yeah I'd still tell him that he's using inefficient code that isn't scaleable, but I'd also walk away from any theme that forces attribution. I do it because I want to.

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