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What is a WordPress Multisite?

on December 5, 2017

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While you’ve probably got a lot of great things going with your content marketing, we’re betting one thing is missing: a WordPress multisite. We’ve got the skinny on wordpress multisite, and what they can do for your business. [Check out the WordPress multisite features]

Visualization of a WordPress Multisite Setup

What is WordPress Multisite?

A WordPress multisite is not that different from your personal WordPress in its look, feel, and the skills you need to use it. The difference is, it lets you create a network of sites that share a single installation (aka: WordPress Network).

WordPress itself is the best example of this trend— after all, they host millions of sites under one “roof”. And I’m sure you can think of a number of news and opinion sites, or educational  resource sites, with the same setup.

Do you need it?

If you want to share users across a network of sites, a WordPress multisite is a great way to do it. But remember: if users are sharing a site network, they also (to a degree) share access to all sites within the network. WordPress itself keeps separate tables for each site, other than the user table. But you don’t have to go the multisite route. You can achieve similar, strong results with things like custom post types, categories, and tags.

A Word About Plugins:

Thankfully, WordPress multisites have come a long way when it comes to being able to handle plugins. This is great, since the right plugins go a long way toward making your multisite more streamlined and user-friendly. Here are a few of the best plugins out there, to give you an idea of how they can take your multisite to the next level.

Multisite Clone Duplicator: This plugin makes it easy to clone data, files and users of any individual site within your multisite. You can do the same for individual posts with a Multisite Post Duplicator plugin.

WordPress MU Domain Mapping: This plugin lets you to map individual blog or websites within the multisite to another domain.

Multisite Language Switcher: If your multisite has multiple translations, this plugin will help you manage them smoothly.

Login Security Solution: This plugin for multisite is chocked full of security features to keep your multisite data safe.

Multisite User Management: With this plugin, you can assign a role for the user on each site, so you don’t have to re-enter data over and over.

Network Shared Media: With this plugin, you can view and manage all your media in one place.

Unconfirmed: This plugin helps you identify, and counter, issues with deliverability.

While a multisite isn’t for everyone, the right plugins can take even the simplest multisite to a new plane, not to mention making it easier to use (for you and your site visitors).

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