If I choose to use the main site breadcrumb, a customized home title for the subsite does not work – the full name of the site is used instead. To get the Home Title to work, I have to go back to using the Home Prefix to link back to the main site. The Main Site Home Title is used when that option is checked, but when it is checked, it will not use the custom home title at all.
This is by design. In a multisite environment, the only good title for the home of a subsite is the subsite’s name. This is like the behavior in static front page setups where the posts page title is automatically populated (no blog title option).
I don’t think it’s okay to take the choice away from the user and for you to decide what the “only good title” is for a subsite – not all multisite setups are the same. It also can potentially make the breadcrumb unusably long when an accepted abbreviation for the subsite’s name can be used instead.
In my case, we are using subsites for departments/offices within a university, with the main school site as the main site. If we have Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media as the subsite title, the breadcrumb becomes effectively useless because it has already nearly exceeded the horizontal space allotted. I think just the word “Jazz” would suffice in such a case, especially given the context (header graphic, other visual elements).
If you allow the main site to be labeled differently when that option is filled, then the same should apply for the subsite. I personally can survive with working around it using the Home Prefix instead, but I would love to streamline our site setup process (done only by web admins) and don’t see why it would cause any harm to use options that are already set in your plugin.
The original intent was to simplify configuration and get users to keep subsite names to a reasonable length (combat stupidly long site names). However, I forgot that Universities like to have quite long names for departments (e.g. College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, etc.). Changing this behavior simplifies the code and the changes have made it to the SVN trunk (will be in 3.8.0).
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