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  • livephoenix


    I have installed WP 3.0.1 and enabled multisite.

    I installed a few plugins and then created a subsite. My site is going to be a one administrator for all sites (without any users getting the ability to register).

    I found that the subsites don’t inherit the theme or plugins (which is good I guess). However, in my case, it is better if they share the theme as well as plugins. I looked around a bit (searched the forum here too but found none.. maybe wrong search terms) and found something called WP Hive ( Looks like the thing I was searching for.

    Is this the accepted way to do it or is there a better way to do it? I am new to WP, so have been going up and down the menus, but haven’t found it yet 🙂

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  • Roy


    They are shared for sure, but both the themes and the plugins you can “network activate” and activate per subsite.




    Let me see if I understood it right. On my dashboard, I go to Plugins and see a list of them. For Akismet, I can see an option to “Network Activate”. However for All in One SEO or XML Sitemap Feed, I don’t see that option.

    UPDATE: I went to the ‘backend’ of one of my subsites and into ‘Plugins’ from there, and surprisingly I can see the ‘Network Activate’ option for all plugins there. Odd (because I’d expect an option like that in my main site dashboard too not subsite alone), but still looks like that will do the job. 🙂 Thanks!

    Plus, I cannot see ‘Network Activate’ anywhere in themes. As in, I did enable them to be visible to all subsites in my SuperAdmin section. But my understanding is that I have to go to each subsite separately and activate the theme according to what you say. Is that right?



    You’re logged in as super admin.

    My themes are just available to all subsites and indeed can but be activated by each separately.

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    @livephoenix – are you trying to set the same default theme for each new site?



    @roy, I think I wasn’t clear. I can see the installed themes across all subsites, just that I wanted to enable the mainsite theme to be the default theme for all the subsites. Andrea figured it out 🙂

    Andrea, mon ami! Yep, that is what I was trying to do. I have been reading the forums here and found that you suggest the “blog defaults” plugin. I have just installed that and am finding my way around it. Or more precisely, I’ve set the default theme and all and am now trying to find a way to set a “first few default pages” using it, if that is possible.



    I hacked up the blog defaults plugin to add pages:
    Works just fine, but surely there must be a better way by now? Let me know if you find one!



    raskull, thanks for the link. Looks like it would suffice. However at the moment, I think I am going to have less than 10 sites in my network, so am thinking of going the ‘click’ route 🙂

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