The latest version of WordPress allows you to create a network of website with the help of its multisite feature. This, in turns allows you to keep a tab on all of your websites without having to individually log in to each one. WordPress development is a major reason behind the innovation of such a feature. WordPress network also allows you to change and modify the WordPress design of all your websites altogether.
What is a Multisite Network?
In simple words, it is an assortment of website that uses the same WordPress installation. Themes, designs and plugins can also be shared using this feature. Although, it should be kept in mind that older WordPress versions do not possess this feature. This feature was made available from the WordPress3.0 version. In case of older version, each website would have to be handled manually.
How to Start?
If you already have a WordPress website, it will need to be upgraded to the latest version before you can create a network. But before you upgrade, make sure to back up all your files and data. Once that is done, you can update your WordPress. Once that is completed, make sure that your pretty permalinks work on your single WP instance. You should also deactivate all your active plugins and reactivate them after your network has been established. If you wish to use WordPress out of its own directory, then you should do that before you initiate the multisite feature.
How to Enable Multisite?
In order to initiate Multisite, go to the Network Setup menu, and activate the ‘wp-config.php’ file. Then open the file, and where you are asked to give the line ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging.’ Add ‘/*’ and ‘*/’ before and after that line. After this, you need to refresh your browser in order to continue.
How to Install a Network?
Go to the Tools menu and click on the Network Setup icon. From there, go to the Create a Network from WordPress sites screen. From here, you can choose between a collection of sub-directories and sub-domains. Choose your preferred sub-domains and sub-directories from here and create your network according to your choice. A point to be kept in mind here is that you will need a wildcard DNS for your on-demand domain based websites. Thereafter, you need to fill in your network details such as your admin email address, server address and network title. After this, press the install button to install your network. Once your WordPress network has been installed, you can enable it and customize it according to your preference. You can also adjust your network admin settings accordingly.
Setting up a network on WordPress is not a very difficult task to perform, if you follow all the above mentioned instructions correctly. If you still have problems in understanding what to do or are facing a specific problem, then you should get in touch with a WordPress expert. There are many, who can offer you their expertise online. Multisite is a very progressive yet easy to use feature for those who have multiple websites.