WPMu Tutorials (Week 2)

This one’s a little late, and fortunately I didn’t have to do much work to bring the following resource to you. Keeping in line with a philosophy that Scott, D’Arcy, and Brian were promoting at Open Ed 2007, why create new content when much of it is already out there?

WPMu tutorialsIn the spirit of re-use, here is a WPMu Tutorial blog authored by Andrea (who is the same prolific and extremely knowledgeable andrea_r from the WPMu forums). This blog has some great advice, tips, and more in-depth information about WPMu that folks who are just starting out with this resource may find extremely useful.

Below is a quick list of some of the gems you’ll find on this blog:

  • “Before you Install” is a helpful post that discusses the potential pitfalls of setting up WPMu on a run-of-the-mill hosting service. Some sound advice here, especially is you are working towards a large community of blogs.
  • Choosing a host gives advice about which hosting services play nice with WPMu, and how to choose the right service for your project, again great advice here.
  • The differences between WordPress and wordpressmu lays out the difference between a single installation of WordPress and the multi-user environment on some of the more specifically technical points.
  • Database structure is one of the key difference between WP and WPMU, and this post offers an overview of the WPMu database structure quite nicely. With a promise of more discussion to come.
  • Where to find error logs is a quick how-to for finding the error logs for your WPMu install, an important log to keep track of.
  • How to moderate signups is a quick hack for
    moderating new bogs as they are created to prevents splogs. However, is you are using the e-mail domain as a filter for users, this is unnecessary.
  • Changing the default theme is yet another hack that takes you through changing the default theme for WPMu.

Ahhh, so much good, free advice brought to you with so little effort, thank Andrea for all her hard work.

Speaking of freely available resources, if you are starting a WPMu install for whatever reason you might find the documentation wiki at UMW Blogs of some use. Feel free to take what you want from the documentation re-use and remix it as you see fit.

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