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How to allow members to create their own blogs?

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  • Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    It’s very simple as long as you are running WP MU or WP 3.0 and if WP 3.0 you must have manually configured it for Multi site functionality (You don’t say what you’re running on!)

    Then you simply need to set the option allow users to register accounts and blogs in main admin options.

    Avatar of marco-raaphorst
    marco-raaphorst
    Participant

    @marco-raaphorst

    I am using WP 3.0. How can I manually configure it for MU functionality? tweak the wp-config problably? Is there a how-to link?

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    There is a how to guide if you search the WordPress codex

    Avatar of marco-raaphorst
    marco-raaphorst
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    @marco-raaphorst

    found it: http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

    thanks for your help!

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    That’s the one :) Follow the steps carefully and fully.

    Avatar of thealchemist
    thealchemist
    Member

    @thealchemist

    Well, heck. When you read the home page of this site it makes it sound that user-blogs are part of the functionality not something that’s gonna take a semi-genius and the patience of a saint to get rolling. holy cow.

    Thanks Marcos for the link, though.

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    === gonna take a semi-genius and the patience of a saint to get rolling. holy cow.===

    You don’t need to be a semi-genius, but patience of saint would be applicable :-)

    Avatar of thealchemist
    thealchemist
    Member

    @thealchemist

    See. I feel like such an idiot. I’m stuck on the first two steps!
    My instructions are:
    Open up the httpd.conf file or the include file containing the VHOST entry for your web account.
    Add this line:
    ServerAlias *.example.com

    In the DNS records on your server, add a wildcard subdomain that points to the main installation. It should look like:
    A *.example.com

    Firstly, I can’t find the httpd.conf file they want me to edit. I do have the ability to add subdomains so I wonder if putting * in the cpanel field will suffice.

    When I access the DNS records on the server I have two fields to fill out:
    Name and Address.

    Am I correct in assuming Name = A *.razewv-tac.org and Address = http://www.razewv-tac.org?

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    == Firstly, I can’t find the httpd.conf file they want me to edit. I do have the ability to add subdomains so I wonder if putting * in the cpanel field will suffice.==

    Depending on your hosting plan, some webhosts do not allow users to have access to httpd.conf file. Note that the subdomains created by WordPress are “virtual” not “physical” or actual subdomains you would create in your cPanel. And yes, sometimes just adding `*` in field will suffice, sometimes not.

    Have you tried to
    - install WordPress and go straight to Step 3 and see if you can already set up subdomain structure – there will be feedback/notice in admin panel whether you can or cannot go subdomain
    - Contact webhost if your hosting plan allows for WordPress Multisite in subdomain structure and point them to the WP Codex page re “Create A Network” to get a definitive answer. Some webhosts require server plan upgrade, some don’t.

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    @thealchemist do bear in mind that Multisite is a WordPress feature (and therefore really a WP support issue rather than a BP one) even though we are happy to help where we can with non BP support issues :)

    Avatar of thealchemist
    thealchemist
    Member

    @thealchemist

    @hnla Ahhh yes. Will keep in mind … didn’t realize there was a distinction when on the BP homepage one of the specific features mentioned says “Even allow each of your users to start their own full powered WordPress blog.” It doesn’t say anything about Multi-site, so I thought this was a feature of BP. Maybe there needs to be some clarification on that feature description to avoid confusing folks.

    Now, due to a problem with a photogallery, I had to change everyone from “Member” to Contributor which then allows members to post on on the site – just not on “their own full powered WordPress blog.” This may suffice for now.

    @mercime I was aware of the difference between a real and a wildcard/virtual subdomain but not having had to create the wildcard functionality didn’t have a clue on how to implement. Suffice it to say I went to my hosting guys and got “Oh that’s easy. We’ll take care of that for you.” I’m about to dive in to the remaining instructions.

    Thanks to all of you for your input and guidance!

    Avatar of thealchemist
    thealchemist
    Member

    @thealchemist

    Sooooo … went through the process of making a multisite. Seemed to go smoothly … only the SuperAdmin panel has not made an appearance. If someone here has multisite experience I would love to call you for a consultation. I could give you access but its an adult fetish site that may offend a few folks soooo..

    Avatar of Djsteve
    djsteve
    Participant

    @djsteve

    I’ve had to do this with a few sites – be glad you are not doing it as an upgraded 2.9 wpmu to wp 3.0 – if you still need help hit me up – if you could email your wp-config file that may show most issues.. or not.

    Avatar of Andrea Rennick
    Andrea Rennick
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    @andrea_r

    Note for future searchers, there’s also a free ebook on setup for multisite:

    http://wpebooks.com/2010/09/how-to-enable-multisite-in-wordpress/

    Avatar of sienteastu
    sienteastu
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    @sienteastu

    I have run buddypress with wordpress. All work fine, but if an user want to create another blog from top navigation bar show :’ the page not foun’ which is the problem…..

    Thank’s a lot guys!

    @sienteastu You’ve made at least two posts about a similar issue. You don’t need a third.

    Avatar of sienteastu
    sienteastu
    Participant

    @sienteastu

    @Paul Gibbs Sorry i trying know this error to fix and i had seen similar threads where i think the people can help me…

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