WordPress Multisite Improvements

  1. Ben Lacey

    I LOVE WordPress and I especially love WordPress Multisite but I do find there are things missing that I would like to see added to a future release - these are as follows:

    On the Sites overview page - show the Site ID as the first column in the list as this would save developers time.

    In the MultiSite plugins page - show what sites are using what plugin as this would help WordPress network administrators remove unused plugins and help tame their installs.

    More security options: Maybe add in nightly automated scans of your installation's plugins, themes and core files and run checks for any file modifications (check the plugins against the WordPress repos) and alert the site owner of possible issues over email with an option to repair files that have changed.

    WordFence is a great plugin with loads of awesome features that help protect your sites from potentially being hacked. I would love to see you moving some of these features into the core.

    For all MultiSite Network Administrators and Site Administrators I feel there should be an option in the users page to setup 2-Factor authentication to help secure WordPress sites. I am aware that most hacks are done through outdated and insecure plugins/themes but anything to help improve security would be a good step forward for WordPress.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  2. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    Scans are always going to be plugin territotory, no matter what. Ditto 2FA for now.

    Site ID ... I can see that becoming an option again.

    The plugins page is a little iffy since that can really slow things down if you have a lot of sites (like more than 100? You'll crash)

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  3. Ben Lacey

    The plugin list could be paginated to limit the possibility of server melt down if you hosted a lot of sites/plugins in your MultiSite install. Being able to see what plugins are NOT used by any site in the network is really useful as it means you can safely remove plugins and reduce the overall maintenance / security issue of having lots of plugins active.

    In terms of speed I would say MultiSite should be limited to 50 sites per install but that's just me!

    Improving the page/post search would be a nice improvement. I've often found searching based on the post/page title (word for word) doesn't show the correct page at the top of the search results. I appreciate this is hard to control but giving the user options to specify "I want to search the post/page title for X" or "I want to search the post body for "X" or "here is my search query - do your best to find an accurate match".

    Just having a text input limits the search usability. Maybe its not used enough to warrant changing - who knows. Just my 2 cents on the matter.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  4. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    I can promise that Multisite being limited to 50 sites would suck beyond epic sucking :) WordPress.com? Is a multisite.

    The pagination wouldn't help though, since the problem is you have to scan every site's wp_options table for the value, parse it, and move on :/

    I don't see what page/post search has to do with Multisite.

    Posted: 4 years ago #

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    This is plugin territory