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What's the power of WPMU?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by schmedes2, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. schmedes2

    schmedes2 Newbie

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    I'm really just getting into autoblogs and cloaking and the like and I've seen some people talk about using wpmu for their blogs. What power does it hold in regards to autoblogs? I don't quite understand what the appeal of it is

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  2. kaene

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    if you have your own wpmu, basically it's convenient and easy to create a new blog, with some limitations about the plugins

    if you talk about wpmu hosted by someone else, the power is that you can create a blog there for free (basically like you could do with blogger), some people may use them just like free blogs, backlinking blogs, ...... there are many tools out there helping you to create blog on public wpmu almost automatically
     
  3. Bytefaker

    Bytefaker Regular Member

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    Does it makes sense to create a blogfarm (based on subdomains) with MTMU... Not for backlinks only for adsensing?

    What limitation of plugins are you talking about? I saw there are a lot really nice MTMU plugins. Can't I use "normal" WP Plugins?
     
  4. scruples

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    If you plan on installing blogs on sub-domains, the wpmu is the way to go. You do one install on the root domain then you can make new sub-domain blogs from inside the admin panel of the root blog.

    You can make the plugins and themes of the root domain available to all blogs to be installed. That is probably the best part of wpmu not having to install plugins and themes for all sub blogs.

    I have installed it several times and it always takes me some messing around to get it to work. But soon you won't have to install it separately for WP as in the upcoming wp 3.0 it will be included. You can get WP 3.0 beta 1 at the link below, not good for production sites I'm sure but may setup on a development server to get a head start on it.

    Not all non wpmu plugins work, with wpmu. It's really trial and error, always back up before installing new plugins, would be a pain to lose whole site from one plugin.

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    http://anonym.to/?http://wordpress.org/development/2010/04/wordpress-3-0-beta-1/
     
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  5. Bytefaker

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    Thanks a lot for your detailed answer. I've allready set up my WPMU blog and the subdomain creation works really great. I did the basic config and have now to do the more advanced stuff.

    We plan to "simulate" a real multiblogging platform including (german) content-rewriting (with our own spinning tool we're currently devolping).

    My points for WPMU are:

    - Needs only one domain
    - Investments are affordable
    - It's easy to update
    - New blog creation is fast and easy
    - There is a good API
    - Don't have to maintain and update X blogs
    - Themes/Plugins can installed once

    So if WPMU would be the wrong way, please let me know and we can walk along other ways. It would be nice to know if this is totally the wrong direction before we spent a lot of time setting up WPMU for autoblogging...
     
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  6. scruples

    scruples Newbie

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    I think your on the right track with the added advantage of google loving wp blogs, especially multi-blogs. I am in the process of setting up a WPMU blog myself.

    The only thing I am interested in is how the multi user function is going to work in wp 3.0. Not knowing how long till a stable version will be released, I will probably just use wpmu. I am going to set up a test blog with the beta 1 version of wp though.
     
  7. Bytefaker

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    Aaaah now I see your point. I didn't noticed that WP 3 will support multiuserblogs. But when I'm thinking about I see the following points:

    - I'm sure there will be a possibility to migrate
    - It isn't realeased and there is no exact timeframe
    - There are a lot nice WPMU plugins (especcial the ones from WPMU Dev)
    - I think it takes time to adapt all the plugins for WP to make it work with multiple users

    So I don't think we'll wait for WP 3...

    Are there other experiences with WPMU and blogfarms (which are of course not used to build backlinks)?
     
  8. bigchow

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    I have installed both WP standalone and WPMU, now testing on a WP3.0b1 with the multi-site function enabled. It works just like the WPMU, while no longer need to split plugin into 2 groups.

    The dozen of plugins I am using on standalone WP are still working fine so far. If your WPMU is still under development I suggest you to switch to WP3 now, so it saves hassles in future migration. The relase time frame has been announced on their development blog, which is on May 1 the official WP3 will launch.
     
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  9. Bytefaker

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    Thanks for your input bigchow. Hmmm, I'm really unsure if I should directly the beta for starting or using the WPMU for the moment. Perhaps the following link would be usefull for all WMPU'lers: http://mu.wordpress.org/forums/topic/16069