WordPress Multisite is a powerful feature of WordPress that lets you create a large number of separate sites within the same WordPress instance, and with central control. Setting up a Multisite Network is a complex undertaking, so we collected the top 10 resources on Multisite best practices, general overviews of WordPress Multisite for those learning the system, and views from experts on the pros and cons of using Multisite vs. other ways of managing multiple WordPress sites.
Be sure to also check out our very own guide on WordPress Multisite—a comprehensive review of how to manage multiple sites at large scale, with two alternative implementation options for cases in which Multisite is not the right choice.
WordPress Multisite Best Practices
One of the most under-utilized components of WordPress is WordPress Multisite. Not every website needs a Multisite installation. We asked the biggest experts on WP Multisite discuss best practices and uses for installing WordPress Multisite for your business or organization.
I had recently been tasked with setting up production and development environments for WordPress Multisite with the intention of following traditional development methods. Having a dedicated development environment allows for testing themes, plugins, and updates without affecting the production environment.
WordPress Multisite Introductory Guides
One of the most fascinating WordPress features is its multisite functionality. While in the past multiple WordPress websites required multiple installations, today you only need one with multisite. All it needs are multiple websites that use either subdomains or subdirectories of one domain.
In this tutorial we discuss a few essentials for WordPress Multisite installation, along with some common troubleshooting tips and a detailed review of the domain mapping process.
An introduction to the benefits and motivation behind WordPress Multisite, and a step-by-step guide for installing Multisite even for those without extensive WordPress experience.
One of the reasons I decided to migrate to WordPress is because WordPress makes it possible to build more complex sites. In this article I explain how to setup multiple domain names with WP Multisite.
If you like using plugins as much as I do, your (Multisite) website can get slow very fast. I'd like to share with you a couple of ways to improve WordPress loading time.
WordPress Multisite Pros and Cons
If you're new to Multisite you may feel as though you've been tricked. You were told that it makes managing multiple WordPress sites so much more convenient, so you've jumped in with both feet. But now you're finding new limitations and complexities. Don't panic.
Many things sound like great ideas. Not all of them are in practice. As open source becomes more and more popular, we see organizations rolling out many sites across their organization. As they try to manage them, many of them turn to "multisite" networks.
Have you ever wondered how some of the largest blog networks out there do it? I did, once, so I took a look at Gawker media. They have a bunch of different sites, like Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and Io9. They have a unique look, which indicates that they all run on the same content management system. A good guess might be WordPress. In this article I will review the pros and cons of WordPress Multisite, and an alternative, ManageWP.