Who renamed Multi User to Multisite, and why? (8 posts)

  1. KnowingArt_com
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm really curious.

  2. elfin

    Posted 6 years ago #

    I don't know who, but I can guess why.

    Multi user refers to 'users'. But the functionality is Multi Sites and makes a lot more sense.

  3. KnowingArt_com
    Posted 6 years ago #

    @elfin Well, WordPress already supported multiple users and multiple sites, before WordPress MU. So the naming is clear as mu-d to me.

    I'm assuming MU "merged" with WP because the core code grew and became more adaptable, ultimately superseding MU's raison d'etre. Did this factor into the name change? In the process, did "MU" morph into something else, chang direction, change focus?

    Maybe calling people "users" is no longer fashionable?

  4. Anna
    Posted 6 years ago #

    There was a blog post written about this topic. You can read about it on Andrew Nacin's blog.

  5. The dev team decided. The old name really wasn't descriptive of what it actually did.

    With the merge, the codesbase was rolled in,but it's still pretty much the same. It didn't morph into something else, just changed some names.

  6. KnowingArt_com
    Posted 6 years ago #


  7. Michelle Langston
    Theme Wrangler at Automattic
    Posted 6 years ago #

    And "multisite" is easier to pronounce. I never knew if I should say "MU" or "em-yoo" with WordPress MU. :)

  8. Right, I had to answer a number of people who were trying MU for multi-author blogs, which single WordPress supported anyway.

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