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Best Practice for a WordPress Network

  • pshankland
    Member

    @pshankland

    Hi all,

    I am just about to complete a new WordPress Network at work as there are different departments that want to create their own blogs.

    I don’t have a problem with the creation of a network it is more advise…

    To create a network you have to create a standard blog at the root of the web server (http://<servername>/). Once this is done you can then create other sites off this. What do people use this default site for? I’ll be creating sites such as the following and don’t really want the default ‘root’ site:

    http://<servername>/HR/
    http://<servername>/Purchasing/
    http://<servername>/IT/

    What are other people doing??

    Thanks.

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  • Andrea Rennick
    Moderator

    @andrea_r

    THe main site if generally used as a landing page.

    dallasm
    Participant

    @dallasm

    The main site can be your public front page and web site or company blog, with the subdomains/subblogs for each department.

    eg.
    mycompany.com
    mycompany.com/purchasing

    Roy
    Member

    @gangleri

    In my case, the main site is simply a welcome page. I don’t know if you can disable that main site. Perhaps using a redirect, but frankly, why would you want to disable the main site?

    Andrea Rennick
    Moderator

    @andrea_r

    I usually slap up a custom home page in the theme used on the main site to direct visitors further.

    JHouse
    Member

    @jhouse

    The primary site could serve a good purpose, especially if your subsites are similar in content and you want to share said content on your primary site’s homepage. A circle jerk of sorts.

    JHouse
    Member

    @jhouse

    By the way, I believe the aforementioned functionality isn’t natively supported in WordPress, however, Andrea wrote a plugin that allows you to “hand pick” select content from subsites and place it on the primary.

    Rob
    Member

    @roballred

    is that plug in that andrea wrote released to the world?

    Andrea Rennick
    Moderator

    @andrea_r

    For pay, yes.

    If you want a free plugin to send all posts to the main site use this:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/

    And I recommend you actually try that one first anyway. 😉

    Rob
    Member

    @roballred

    I was more interested in being able to control which ones go to main site, and I like supporting developers with my business. If you don’t want to post your plugin that is cool.

    Andrea Rennick
    Moderator

    @andrea_r

    No, it;s that the forum has rules about posting links to paid items. 😉

    JHouse
    Member

    @jhouse

    http://wpebooks.com/curator/

    I just bought one of her other plugins and it turned out to be simple, yet very powerful. I’m very happy with it. Most plugins make things overly complex and unnecessary; this one, however, was concise, easy and very effective.

    There, that takes Andrea off the hook for droppin’ a shameless plug(in).

    Rob
    Member

    @roballred

    Sweet! thank you for the recommendation.

    JHouse
    Member

    @jhouse

    My pleasure, I like supporting them too.

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