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Is there any point to the network feature?

  • The whole point of having multi-site capability is to be able to post and maintain all my 10 blogs from one interface. This does not seem possible without additional plug-ins. Correct me if I am wrong.

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  • The whole point of the network multi-site capability is to be able to have many sites using one install.

    I don’t believe it was designed to have only one interface. Like be able to edit posts on each site from one editor.

    It’s good for growing networks of users, instead of installing WP 10 times for each user, you have one install with 10 sites….

    You can switch between those 10 blogs and their admins with that one interface.

    Andrea Rennick

    @andrea_r

    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    The whole point of the multisite feature was to create a blog network such as wordpress.com. that’s what WPMU did, that’s what the network does.

    It was designed for individual blogs with individual owners.

    That being said, there are handy plugins that let you post to any blog from one write panel.

    kinda the point of plugins 😉 to make your install the way *you* want it. Other may want something different.

    Thank you all for your answers. It seems with a little tweaking I may be able to do what I want to. I have 10 blogs. I am the only admin. No other users. I wanted the multi-site feature so that I can have only one install. However, as much as I try I am unable to get the Network feature to work. I installed it and I do get the Super Admin up and running but each sub-directory (site) loads without the css file. Also there is no access to wp-admin on these sites. What am I doing wrong?

    Furthermore, it seems that WP doesn’t drop an index file into the sub-directories therefore making them inaccessible through top-level domains that point to those folders. If someone can help me I would truly appreciate it.

    Thank you.

    The sub sites are virtual, but you can access their admin from the Super Admin > Sites menu, then hover the cursor over the site and a menu appears, one choice is ‘Backend‘, this is the wp-admin you’re looking for.

    each sub-directory (site) loads without the css file. Also there is no access to wp-admin on these sites. What am I doing wrong?

    If all’s well with the main site, but not with other sites, that points to a problem with the URL rewriting system which handles requests for the virtual sites. http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WPMU may help.

    Andrea Rennick

    @andrea_r

    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    However, as much as I try I am unable to get the Network feature to work. I installed it and I do get the Super Admin up and running but each sub-directory (site) loads without the css file. Also there is no access to wp-admin on these sites. What am I doing wrong?

    It’s the htaccess file not being read completely.

    AllowOverride FileInfo Options in the Apache config files should fix it.

    Furthermore, it seems that WP doesn’t drop an index file into the sub-directories therefore making them inaccessible through top-level domains that point to those folders.

    Theya re virtual. 🙂 There are no folders to drop files inot. 🙂 If you want top-level domains, first you need to make sure the site are fully working. then use the domain mapping pluign.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/

    WordPress 3.0: Multisite Domain Mapping Tutorial

    Thanks for all your help everyone. I finally got it all working (the htaccess file was not complete) BUT I am unable to map my top-level domains to the sub-directories I have created. I have tried cname from godaddy dns management to no avail and I have correctly installed the domain mapping plugin in the right folders through ftp. I still cannot get the domains to resolve to the sub-directories. All my domains point to same server and that is the IP address I have inserted into the mapping plugin. I think I’m close. I would like some help please.

    Thanks much.

    Andrea Rennick

    @andrea_r

    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    On the server side you still have to direct the domains to go to the main install (not the subsites) via a Server Alias.

    Hi Andrea –

    I still cannot figure it all out. Instead of asking for assistance in bits and pieces I will try and map out what I am doing in the hope that you will point me in the right direction. You may even be able to tell me if I need to use the Multi-Site feature at all. You have been very helpful and patient thus far and I thank you. OK here goes.

    I have 10 domains and 9 blogs. All the domains have the same IP address. The main install is at network.com.

    I have installed the Multi-Site feature successfully albeit using sub-directories as opposed to sub-domains since Godaddy informed me that I do not have wildcard capability.

    So, (stating the obvious) it goes like this:

    network.com (WP Installed here at the root)
    network.com/blog-one (sub-directory/site) needs to be accessed through network-one.com (domain)
    network.com/blog-two (sub-directory/site) needs to be accessed through network-two.com (domain)
    and so on…

    In the DNS Management area the records look like this for ALL the 10 domains including the Main Install at network.com:

    A (Host)
    Host: @
    Points To: xx.xx.xxx.xxx (ALL domains have the same IP)

    CNAMES (Aliases)
    Host: www
    Points To: @

    What do I need to change these to?

    Overview:
    My objective in moving from Blogger to WordPress is to have a more cohesive and simpler way to blog 10-15 articles a day and to be able to make changes to the theme and general maintenance across the network in just one instance. And even more importantly, to be able to use the main network.com domain/install to “portalize” the rest of the network’s blogs. I have only seen one plugin that may make this possible (category-mapping). As far as actually creating posts – whether I have 9 tabs open to their respective dashboards or a switcher plugin matters not since I use Live Writer anyway. There are no users but me. It is not an MU concept.

    My questions are:
    1. Is a network really necessary for my purposes? Will it make my daily tasks simpler or should I just install 10 instances of WordPress and rely on the new 3.0 menu system to tie the blogs together?

    2. And if there are benefits to using the Multi-Site feature – how do I change the DNS Records to make it all work.

    Either way, if you could give me heads-up on what I need to do on the Server Side it would be helpful.

    Thank you from Toronto.

    Andrea Rennick

    @andrea_r

    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    Yes, I think this with domain mapping is what you need.:)

    Where is the site hosted?

    (hi from New Brunswick)

    Hi Andrea – The site is hosted at GoDaddy.com

    @redleafnetwork

    I am having the same problem with domain mapping.I made screen cast of how I configured ” domain mapping “.The problem has not been solved.But hope the screen cast may give some Idea to you .
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/415283?replies=17

    Andrea Rennick

    @andrea_r

    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    @redleafnetwork – this woudl be easier if I had your site URL. 🙂

    Is it the main domain on your hosting account?
    Do you have a dedicated IP? In other words, if I type in your IP, does your main install show up?

    @andrea

    It seems your tip here would be useful to me .

    Do you have a dedicated IP? In other words, if I type in your IP, does your main install show up?

    My IP is not dedicated and It is leading to my host’s server when we type the IP .Is it the problem caused to me?

    Thank you !

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