We have a great show here with our special guest John James Jacoby who helps us discuss how to setup and use WordPress Multisite.
John over the years has been a WordPress core contributor and lead a developer for both the BuddyPress and bbPress projects plus he was Director of Web Engineering at 10up. John also recently has taken up being the co-host the popular weekly WordPress podcast WordPress Weekly. We in the first half of the show discuss these leading
This Week’s WordPress News Stories
1 – WordPress 4.9 Will Support Shortcodes and Embedded Media in the Text Widget
2 – WordPress 4.9 Beta 4 Removes ‘Try Gutenberg’ Call to Action
3 – A New Themes Experience in the Customizer
Main Topic: Setting Up and Using WordPress Multisite
Is Multisite as difficult and problematic as many people seem to think? Is it a resource hog? Not necessarily. Lee Jackson runs an event website SaaS based on WordPress Multisite. Sallie used Multisite in the past and discovered that it works just fine on shared hosting if you don’t have lots of users or high traffic. John James Jacoby helped to develop it, and believes Multisite should be enabled by default, not hidden away. It doesn’t so much get bad press as no press at all, and most of the work done on Multisite for new WordPress releases is under the hood.
WordPress Multisite is a great solution if you need to create a network of sites that share themes, plugins, and users, such as the different ministries of a church or the different departments of a university. It’s even possible to create a network of networks. If you’re new to Multisite, read “WordPress Multisite Masterclass: Getting Started” from WPMU DEV. If you plan to venture into a multisite build, check out the resources that Washington State University keeps on GitHub.
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This Week’s Panel of WordPress Experts
- John James Jacoby: from WordPress Weekly
- Sallie Goetsch: from WP Fangirl
- Lee Jackson: from Angledcrown.com
- John Locke: from Lockedown Design
- Jonathan Denwood: from WP-Tonic.com
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