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1.What is WordPress Multisite?
A WordPress multisite network allows you to run and manage multiple WordPress sites from a single WordPress installation.
Pros of Using a WordPress Multisite Network
- As the network administrator, you can easily manage multiple sites from a single dashboard.
- Each site on the network can have its own admins. The site admins will have the capabilities to manage only their own website.
Cons of Using a WordPress Multisite Network
- All sites on the network share the same resources. This means that when your site is down, all other sites on the network go down as well.
- Managing server resources in case of unexpected traffic can be difficult for a beginner level user.
2.Who Needs a WordPress Multisite Network?
Here are some example scenarios when creating a multisite network makes sense:
- A magazine website with different sections managed by different teams.
- A business website with sub-sites for different locations and branches.
- Government or non-profit websites can use WordPress multisite for different departments, locations, and regions.
- Your own network of blogs running on multiple subdomains.
- Schools and colleges allowing students to create their own blogs on school servers.
4.Requirements for a WordPress Multisite Network
All websites on a WordPress multisite network share the same server resources. This means that the most important thing you will need is a good WordPress hosting.
If you are planning on having just a couple of websites with low traffic, then you can probably get away with shared hosting.
However, due to the nature of multi-sites, you’d need VPS hosting or a dedicated server as your sites grow.
We recommend Bluehost because they offer both shared hosting and VPS/Dedicated servers, and they are also one of the official WordPress hosting partners.
5.Enabling WordPress Multisite Network Feature
You need to add the following code to your wp-config.php file
Now save and upload your wp-config.php file back to the server.
6.Setting up Your WordPress Multisite Network
Visit Plugins » Installed Plugins page and select all plugins. From ‘Bulk Actions’ drop down menu select ‘Deactivate’ and then click on the ‘Apply’ button.
You can now head over to Tools » Network Setup page to configure your multisite network.
Lastly, click on the install button to continue.
WordPress will now show you some code that you need to add to your wp-config.php and .htaccess file.
7.Configuring Network Settings
When you take your mouse over to the ‘My Sites’ menu in the admin toolbar, a flydown popup will appear. Click on the Network Admin » Dashboard.
We hope this short article helped you lean how to install and setup WordPress multisite network.