I have a couple questions about managing a multi-blog-network. Here’s what I want to have when I’m done:
One main blog at http://www.domain.com/, where
- All posts from all blogs show up
- A widget that displays the X most active posters across the whole network
- A widget that displays a slideshow of featured posts from across the whole network
- A “Categories” widget, that shows posts from all blogs within a couple of network-wide categories
- A widget that displays a network-wide message
- A widget that shows the most popular posts across the whole network
And the sub-blogs at http://subblog.domain.com/, where
- The network-wide-message widget cannot be deactivated
- Other widgets may be edited/activated/deactivated/… to the blog owner’s liking
- the network-wide categories cannot be edited/deleted
- A global navigation bar at the top, where users can a) go back to the main blog and b) choose any author from a dropdown-menu to get to their blog directly
Now I’ve seen that there’s the sitewide tags plugin, but I see a potential problem with the popularity plugin, since – as far as I understand – posts are copied to the main blog, thus being rated there and on the sub-blog separately.
Also I haven’t found any ideas on how to make categories permanent on sub-blogs, or how to have network-wide and blog-only widgets side by side. While researching solutions I find myself locked up in tons of outdated wordpress-mu tutorials, this is really quite frustrating 🙂
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