WordPress as a Multisite Network
Multisite enables a single WordPress install to act like a network of sites centered around a single domain .It allows for either new sub-domains or sub-directories and it does all this virtually on one location , which means you do not need to create new folders. Instead, by just adding some code to wordpress confiq file and .htaccess, you have thousands of sites or blogs right at your fingertips.
WordPress Multisite is a feature that since WordPress version 3 has been included discreetly right into the install itself. It is a feature that packs a huge punch, allowing 10000s of blogs to exist virtually within one, single WordPress installation. It is a great idea for large-scale sites that use multiple sub-domains, blog networks, social networks sites, or even internal networking for businesses or organizations. While this feature has been around for almost as long as WordPress itself, it is just now getting the attention it deserves - even from WordPress developers.
Multisite also allows for easy network management through a single admin dashboard which a user with appropriate permissions can access via any network site's admin bar. Multisite is by no means "new". It has been around for almost as long as WordPress itself, although previously it was developed separately. Since WP 3.0 it has been included together with WordPress, and, as I mentioned above, it seems like it will only get more user-friendly as the WordPress devs seem to be paying some particular attention to it in 2012.
Things to Note with Multisite Installs
- Multisite is easiest to install on a fresh WordPress install with the sites as sub-directories. That isn't to say don't install it any other way, just to point out the easiest path.
- If you use Multisite, then you can not give WordPress it's own folder. It must be installed in the root folder of your site.
- Your web host may not allow for the creation of sub-domains. Be sure to check this out before attempting a sub-domain install.
- You must activate the network feature from the WordPress dashboard. Simply adding the code to wp-config.php and .htaccess is not enough.
The benefits of this include:
- You only need to update one install when new versions of WordPress Multisite, plugins or themes are released.
- You can manage all the sites in one place; easily managing, controlling and accessing all sites and users on the one install.
- It’s familiar to many of your users as its admin panel is fairly similar to the standard WordPress admin panel.
- Each user can have more than one site (or none) and easily navigate to each of their sites from within their dashboard.