Chapter 1: An Introduction to Multiple Sites

In This Chapter

arrow.png Discovering where multiple sites began

arrow.png Exploring what you can do with multiple sites

arrow.png Configuring your web server

This chapter introduces you to the multisite feature that’s built into the WordPress software. The multisite feature allows you, the site owner, to add and maintain multiple blogs within a single installation of WordPress. In this chapter, you discover how the multisite feature works and why you might want to use it. You also explore how to configure and set up your web server environment for use with the multisite feature.

With the multisite feature enabled, users of your network can run their own sites within your installation of WordPress. They also have access to their own Dashboard with the options and features you read about in the previous minibooks. Heck, it’s probably a good idea to buy a copy of this book for the members of your network so they can become familiar with the WordPress Dashboard and features, too. At least have a copy on hand so people can borrow yours!

Deciding When to Use the Multisite Feature

Usually, for multiple users to post to one site, WordPress is sufficient. The multiuser part ...

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