WordPress Multi User Setup on Godaddy
WordPress Multi User Intro
NOTE: WordPress MU is no longer under active development as a separate product. Its features were added to and released with WordPress 3.0. No you can simply install WordPress and Create A WordPress Multi User Network instead. It works pretty much the same.
The WordPress Multi User or WordPress Network
There are several reasons to enable the WPMU environment, but for me it’s really just 3.
- Easy to manage multiple URL’s with just one login
- Ease of upkeep of plugins and themes, since all share these
- The ability to share users across URL’s for larger applications
In just these 3 areas, the WordPress Multi User Network has helped save countless hours of maintaining, updating and tweaking multiple sites with a fraction of the effort. Through it, the sky has definitely become the limit.
WordPress Multi User Preliminary Steps
To get things started, you will need to make sure you have a few things done ahead of time. The list below should act as a checklist of things you need to do BEFORE you attempt setting up this WordPress Multi User Network. They are:
- Acquire Godaddy Deluxe (minimum) hosting
- Order a dedicated IP for that account
- Select one URL to be your main site to go to
- Make sure your site forwarding is on to prevent duplicate content issues and redirect loops
- Upload the latest WordPress files in the root of your server
- Upload the relevant themes you will want to use in your network.
- Create your MySql database and install WordPress on your main URL
- Back up your wp-config.php and your .htaccess files
- ]Get your admin user account and email address configured to use
- Make a list of the other domains you will want to include
NOTE: For the sake of space and complexity, the next section will get you configured only. There’s a link to the actual network setup after the following configurations.
WordPress Multi User Setup Instructions
1. To enable the Network menu item, you must first define multisite in the wp-config.php file. To do this, open up wp-config.php and add this line above where it says:
/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */:
add this line:
2. Now login to your control panel. From there your will see under Tools, Network Setup. Click on Network Setup.
3. The Network Setup is basically an editor to guide you to setting up the rest of the installation. To the novice it may seem a bit scary, but the instructions are very clear and easy. Once you’ve clicked the link, you will be asked a few questions. These are important to get right. For Godaddy, the only way you can set up the network is with sub folders, not sub domains. Here’s the difference:
Sub Folder = www.yourdomain.com/subfolder – this is good
Sub Domain = subdomain.yourdomain.com *do not use this
4. For the rest of it, follow along copy and pasting into the 2 files specified, which are the wp-config.php and .htaccess files. Since we already backed them up, don’t be too nervous in modifying these files.
WordPress Multi User Final Thoughts
That’s it – you should be off and running. In my next post, I will cover how to enable the network, add domains and manage them. Hopefully you have everything installed correctly and you are now enjoying the first day of your WordPress Multi User environment.