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  • I am just learning WPmu.

    I have my own dedicated managed server. I know how to install WP, configure a site, install themes, install plugins, and even a little bit of editing. I’ve done those things many times for many sites.

    I have a copy of the excellent eBook, “WordPress Multisite 101” but my basic question does not seem to be specifically addressed in it.

    I want to create a community around a specific interest. Members (aka “users”) would pay an annual fee for ability to create and manage the content on their subdomain-based site.

    But each sub-domain-based site would lack contact details. By agreement (and monitored) members would display any contact details to maintain the value of membership nor would their be any Contact forms, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.

    Non-members (non-paying visitors)could see everything about any and all paid member sites but would not have the ability to contact paid members until they too paid the annual fee and set up their own site within the community.

    Can that be done in WPmu?

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    It’s WP Multisite, not WPMU 🙂

    And that was left out of the ebook because… well it’s really complicated. Yes it can be done, but it’s going to be a LOT of custom work.

    Membership roles are the ‘best’ way about this, and those are site specific, sadly, not network. You’d have to first get a subscription plugin (easy enough), and then use those roles to manage users per site.

    Like I said, lotta work :/

    Thanks for the response and the analysis.

    I have been thinking of using s2member. I’ve used that for two professional organization’s web sites and they seem satisfied with how that works.

    I’m going back to think about your comment.

    Thanks again.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Yeah, it’s frustrating since if you wanted to JUST hide pages from non-members, that’s easy. And if you wanted to JUST restrict sites to people who’d paid, that’s also easy.

    It’s the combination that doesn’t really lend itself that much to Multisite…

    Do they really need full sites?

    Good comment.

    I do not want to hide member pages. Visitors would be encouraged to become paid members because they could see the page(s) of all other paid members and by joining, would be enabled to contact them. The best analogy I can think of would be a dating site – which it is not – but the concept is the same.

    I was thinking that a multi-page site, with the option to choose from a palette of themes, might make the service more attractive than those (there are a few) who offer only a one page profile.

    But I guess I will have to go that profile route using a Custom Page to create a profile.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Which works out the same, really. There’s some content you want to hide from some people, right?

    I’ve got ‘Membership Sites’ on my list for a follow up eBook, since you’re not the only one who wants that stuff 😉

    I’d be very interested in reading that. Please put me on the announcement list?

    Maybe I should wait before I start fooling with this one. Have you a publish date target?

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    I’ll post it on (yes, new URL). I guess I should make an announcement list at this point. I hadn’t intended to do more than one ebook on it, but when I’m at page 50 of ‘WordPress 110’ already, and I scribbled out ideas for another…

    I don’t know when I’ll be done. The beauty of no-deadlines is that I’m just writing is as I can. And this particular question’s a sticky, layered one, where I’m still trying to sort out if it even really needs Multisite.

    I mean, if I was doing it, I’d grab the Members plugin and use Custom Post Types, make, and then allow users to make their own page, and edit it, but not anyone else’s. You can also protect data via Members, to only show if someone’s a paying member. Then grab Subscribe2 and hook that in to handle the subscriptions.

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