WordPress MU 2.8: Beginner's Guide

Build your own blog network with unlimited users and blogs, forums, photo galleries, and more!

WordPress MU 2.8: Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Lesley Harrison

Build your own blog network with unlimited users and blogs, forums, photo galleries, and more!
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ISBN 139781847196545
Paperback268 pages

Book Description

WordPress MU enables you to build a complete, professional blog network. Each user gets their own blog, and can choose their favorite templates and plug-ins, and develop their own content. WordPress MU powers some of the largest blog networks in the world, including the mighty WordPress.com – home to thousands of bloggers.

This book will take you through the setup of a WordPress MU-powered blogging network, using a real, working blog network as an example, so that you can follow the creation process step-by-step. Your blogging network will be complete with professional features such as friends lists, status feeds, groups, forums, photo galleries, and more, to build your own WordPress.com – a place where users can quickly come and create a blog for themselves.

The book starts with a clean install of WordPress MU, and as you work through the book, you will build the blog network, and add on more and more features, all seamlessly integrated to achieve a professional, custom-built look.

You will find new themes and plug-ins added to the site, as well as customization of the WordPress multi-user code. The book will also look at ways you can manage your community, and keep your site safe and secure, ensuring that it is a spam-free, enjoyable community for your users. In the later chapters, you will add a forum using the bbPress script, and add BuddyPress social networking components to your site.

Imagine how good you'll feel when your first WordPress multi-user blog network launches.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing WordPress MU
What is WordPress MU
Making your own social blog network
What is BuddyPress
What is bbPress
Making and hosting my site
Building our example site: The SlayerCafe
Planning your site
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing WordPress MU
Tools you will need
Setting up a local web server
Time for action – getting your server set up
Time for action – creating a database for WordPress MU
Time for action – subdomains for WordPress MU
Preparing your live server
Time for action – working with cPanel
Time for action – subdomains under WHM
Installing WordPress MU
Time for action – getting WordPress MU up and running
Time for action – changing the admin password
Time for action – enabling registrations
Time for action – creating a new user
Summary
Chapter 3: Customizing the Appearance of Your Site
Picking out a theme
Installing your new theme
Time for action – installing a new theme
Time for action – editing your theme
Time for action – changing the default blog theme
Customizing your home page
Time for action – making a sign-up button
Time for action – featured posts
Time for action – simple stats
Displaying recent posts and comments
Time for action – displaying the most active blogs
Time for action – tweaking the recent post display options
Time for action – Sitewide recent comments
Time for action – our improved home page
Other important points
Summary
Chapter 4: Letting Users Manage Their Blogs
User management basics
Customization options for your users
Time for action – offering a selection of themes
Time for action – userthemes revisited
Time for action – setting user levels and changing the user's admin panel
Time for action – hiding the dashboard
Time for action – domain mapping
A few things to consider
Summary
Chapter 5: Protecting Your Site
Signing up for reCAPTCHA
Stopping spam with reCAPTCHA and Bad Behavior
Time for action – setting up reCAPTCHA
Time for action – setting up Bad Behavior
Time for action – managing your users' plugins
Blocking bad guys with .htaccess
Time for action – .htaccess settings to stop bad guys
Other useful plugins
Time for action – automatic backups
Summary
Chapter 6: Increasing Traffic to Your Blog
Improved tagging
Time for action – tagging blog posts
Time for action – sitewide tag clouds
Using pings
Time for action – pings
Trackbacks
Offering RSS feeds
Time for action – offering RSS subscription options
Time for action – let's burn some feeds
Twitter and social bookmarking
Time for action – social bookmarking links
More about traffic building
Summary
Chapter 7: Sticky Features for your Blog Network
What do people mean by "sticky"?
Letting readers and authors communicate
Time for action – setting up contact forms
Time for action – IntenseDebate Comments
Time for action – gravatars in WordPress MU
Time for action – creating a welcome message
Summary
Chapter 8: Adding Forums with bbPress
Installing bbPress
Time for action – installing bbPress
One login for both the forum and the blog
Time for action – user DB integration with WordPress MU
Time for action – blog and forum registrations
Time for action – styling your forum
Managing your forum
Time for action – managing your forum
Time for action – setting user permissions
Time for action – installing plugins
Summary
Chapter 9: Social Networking with BuddyPress
BuddyPress
Setting up BuddyPress
Time for action – installing the BuddyPress suite
Time for action – installing new themes
Time for action – Facebook Connect
Time for action – speeding up BuddyPress
The future of BuddyPress
Summary
Chapter 10: Monetizing Your Site
Ways to monetize your site
Managing ads on WordPress MU
Time for action – ad management with Advertising Manager
Time for action – revenue sharing
Time for action – premium memberships
Things to remember when monetizing your site
Summary
Chapter 11: Site Optimization
Choosing to optimize your site
Speed up your site with caching
Time for action – setting up object cache
More ways to speed up your site—optimizing themes
Time for action – spreading the load
Time for action – optimizing your site through phpMyAdmin
Troubleshooting slow loading sites
Server side optimizations
Summary
Chapter 12: Troubleshooting and Maintaining your Site
Why worry about upgrades
Performing a safe upgrade
Time for action – performing the upgrade
Time for action – restoring a backup
Getting help online
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Set up and run your own blog network using the multi-user version of the most popular open source blogging platform
  • Monetize your blog network and earn revenue from using simple banner advertisements to paid upgrades and revenue sharing models
  • Give users a chance to interact with each other and build community spirit by integrating a forum with your site
  • Hook your blog network up to other social networking sites such as Twitter
  • Increase traffic to your site with tagging, trackbacks, pings, and RSS
  • Add popular features such as gravatars, polls, photo galleries, friends lists, and more
  • Secure your blog network, and protect it from spam with reCAPTCHA and Bad Behaviour
  • Implement backup and performance optimization techniques that will ensure that your blog network will be capable of handling large numbers of visitors

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing WordPress MU
What is WordPress MU
Making your own social blog network
What is BuddyPress
What is bbPress
Making and hosting my site
Building our example site: The SlayerCafe
Planning your site
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing WordPress MU
Tools you will need
Setting up a local web server
Time for action – getting your server set up
Time for action – creating a database for WordPress MU
Time for action – subdomains for WordPress MU
Preparing your live server
Time for action – working with cPanel
Time for action – subdomains under WHM
Installing WordPress MU
Time for action – getting WordPress MU up and running
Time for action – changing the admin password
Time for action – enabling registrations
Time for action – creating a new user
Summary
Chapter 3: Customizing the Appearance of Your Site
Picking out a theme
Installing your new theme
Time for action – installing a new theme
Time for action – editing your theme
Time for action – changing the default blog theme
Customizing your home page
Time for action – making a sign-up button
Time for action – featured posts
Time for action – simple stats
Displaying recent posts and comments
Time for action – displaying the most active blogs
Time for action – tweaking the recent post display options
Time for action – Sitewide recent comments
Time for action – our improved home page
Other important points
Summary
Chapter 4: Letting Users Manage Their Blogs
User management basics
Customization options for your users
Time for action – offering a selection of themes
Time for action – userthemes revisited
Time for action – setting user levels and changing the user's admin panel
Time for action – hiding the dashboard
Time for action – domain mapping
A few things to consider
Summary
Chapter 5: Protecting Your Site
Signing up for reCAPTCHA
Stopping spam with reCAPTCHA and Bad Behavior
Time for action – setting up reCAPTCHA
Time for action – setting up Bad Behavior
Time for action – managing your users' plugins
Blocking bad guys with .htaccess
Time for action – .htaccess settings to stop bad guys
Other useful plugins
Time for action – automatic backups
Summary
Chapter 6: Increasing Traffic to Your Blog
Improved tagging
Time for action – tagging blog posts
Time for action – sitewide tag clouds
Using pings
Time for action – pings
Trackbacks
Offering RSS feeds
Time for action – offering RSS subscription options
Time for action – let's burn some feeds
Twitter and social bookmarking
Time for action – social bookmarking links
More about traffic building
Summary
Chapter 7: Sticky Features for your Blog Network
What do people mean by "sticky"?
Letting readers and authors communicate
Time for action – setting up contact forms
Time for action – IntenseDebate Comments
Time for action – gravatars in WordPress MU
Time for action – creating a welcome message
Summary
Chapter 8: Adding Forums with bbPress
Installing bbPress
Time for action – installing bbPress
One login for both the forum and the blog
Time for action – user DB integration with WordPress MU
Time for action – blog and forum registrations
Time for action – styling your forum
Managing your forum
Time for action – managing your forum
Time for action – setting user permissions
Time for action – installing plugins
Summary
Chapter 9: Social Networking with BuddyPress
BuddyPress
Setting up BuddyPress
Time for action – installing the BuddyPress suite
Time for action – installing new themes
Time for action – Facebook Connect
Time for action – speeding up BuddyPress
The future of BuddyPress
Summary
Chapter 10: Monetizing Your Site
Ways to monetize your site
Managing ads on WordPress MU
Time for action – ad management with Advertising Manager
Time for action – revenue sharing
Time for action – premium memberships
Things to remember when monetizing your site
Summary
Chapter 11: Site Optimization
Choosing to optimize your site
Speed up your site with caching
Time for action – setting up object cache
More ways to speed up your site—optimizing themes
Time for action – spreading the load
Time for action – optimizing your site through phpMyAdmin
Troubleshooting slow loading sites
Server side optimizations
Summary
Chapter 12: Troubleshooting and Maintaining your Site
Why worry about upgrades
Performing a safe upgrade
Time for action – performing the upgrade
Time for action – restoring a backup
Getting help online
Summary

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ISBN 139781847196545
Paperback268 pages
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