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Managing Multiple WordPress Sites at SoCal Meetup

Mark your calendars for June 18, as (mt) Media Temple will be hosting the SoCal WordPress Users’ Group here at 8536 National Blvd., in Culver City. The topic has been set to cover some ways to monetize WordPress, and I will be speaking on some different Membership plugins that anyone may use to accomplish this. pink_wp_phone-r We have some special surprises and takeaways planned for that night, so make sure that if you would like to attend, to submit your RSVP’s after May 28.

On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to attend their awesome meetup, “Four Ways of Managing Multiple WordPress Sites” in Santa Monica, which was a pretty big meetup with about 70 eager WordPressers. The meetup organizer is Natalie MacLees, who is an awesome speaker/trainer, and happens to have the same radical pink WordPress iPhone case as me. :) Below are the four different ways to manage multiple WordPress sites:

1) WordPress Multisite

Belsien Thomas spoke on how to setup WordPress Multisite and recommended several useful plugins that work well with Multisite: WordPress MU Domain Mapping, New Blog Defaults, WPMU New Blog Templates, and Gravity Forms User Registration Add-on. His slides can be found here.

2) WPSiteStack

Glenn Bennet, the organizer of the Ventura Meetup, presented on WPSiteStack, which is free application that he created that allows you to have one WordPress installation to set up multiple sites using the same database with a different database prefix for each installation. His slides may be found here.

3) ManageWP

ManageWP was also presented, which is a paid 3rd party service that allows you to perform many maintenance functions easily such as backing-up, updating core and plugins, and managing users across sites. The fee is based on yur service level and the number of sites that you have. Jonathan did a live demo, so there are no slides.

4) InfiniteWP

Finally, Stacey Stanley did an excellent job covering InfiniteWP, which is an PHP MySQL application that you can install on your server or locally on your computer to manage different WordPress sites across different hosts. The cost for the application is free, but they do make addons, such as an addon for backing up, available for a small fee. There is no limit on the number of sites and it can be a real time saver. Her slides may be found here.

This was an excellent Meetup with a lot of information. I was aware of WordPress Multisite as a way to create and manage multiple blogs, but I was not aware of WPSiteStack, which looks like an awesome way to manage a bunch of sites on the same database. I have used both ManageWP and InfiniteWP before, but this meetup provided a great review of the features of each. On Wednesday, I will be headed up to San Diego for the Advanced WordPress Meetup, which should be a lot of fun!

Suzette Franck has been in web development for over twenty years; she started making hand-coded HTML websites on geocities with font tags and tables back in 1995. Since then, she has taught herself CSS, Sass, PHP, MySQL, as well as becoming a WordPress expert; evangelizing and presenting at over twenty-two WordCamps across the country and multiple WordPress meetups in Southern California where she resides, about all aspects of building and maintaining sites on WordPress.

Suzette is passionate about WordPress the application as well as the WordPress Open Source Community, and loves to code and teach others the wonders of WordPress. She is a purveyor of lowbrow art, and when she is not WordPressing, she is painting or visiting Los Angeles art galleries to add more work to her growing art collection.

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