Could WordPress Multisite Be a Game Changer for You?

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How to Add Sites on Your Multisite Network

Adding a site to your Multisite Network is a two-step process:

  1. Head to My Sites > Network Admin > Sites > Add New
  2. Add a site address, the site title, the email address of the site administrator and click Add New

The new site will be created. You can add as many sites as you want and see the list of sites by clicking on Sites > All Sites.

How to Install and Activate Themes on Your Multisite Network

There are two ways to install and activate themes on your Multisite Network:

  1. You can install themes in the Network Admin to activate for the entire Network; or
  2. You can install them in Network Admin and activate it within a particular site

To activate for the entire Network:

  1. Head to Themes > Add New
  2. Install the theme and click Network Enable

The theme will now be available to all sites in the Network.

To activate for a specific site:

  1. Go to Sites and select the site that you want to enable the theme on
  2. Click Edit > Themes and find the theme you want to activate
  3. Click Enable

When you go to the Themes tab in the site admin screen, you will see the new theme you enabled. The site can now choose to activate that theme.

How to Install and Activate Plugins on Your Multisite Network

To install and activate plugins on your Multisite Network:

  1. Download and install the plugin in the standard way: Plugins > Add New (in the network admin screen)
  2. To activate the plugin for the entire Network, click Network Activate and the plugin will be activated on all sites on the Network

To install and activate plugins on a specific site:

  1. Download and install the plugin in the standard way: Plugins > Add New (in the network admin screen)
  2. Click on Return to Plugin Installer
  3. Then go to the site admin screen for the site you want to activate the plugin on. Head over to Plugins
  4. Locate the plugin you want to activate and click on Activate

Note that you cannot delete or update plugins from the site admin screen.

That’s really all there is to installing WordPress Multisite, enabling features and adding functionality.

Arnaud, a foodie from Bruges, Belgium, is the editor for the Semper Plugins blog. He also manages the translation teams for All in One SEO Pack (over 58 languages!).

5 comments on “Could WordPress Multisite Be a Game Changer for You?
  1. > < a n n o says:

    Hi there

    it sounds really easy, thanks for the clear steps.

    Is a WP multisite installation possible afterwards, if the existing base installation is already on a sub.domain.xy?

  2. Ron Charest says:

    Thank you for this excellent article. One question: once this multi-site is activated, and other sites are added, is it possible to continue managing a site “locally” from the local site admin screen?

  3. ATRYNA says:

    This article very nice and can help us to manage some of my sites. Thanks for sharing.

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