Moving Sites Within WordPress Multi-Network

October 29th, 2012 by Curtiss Grymala

Every once in a while, we have the need to move or copy a site from one place within our multi-network WordPress install into another area.

There are three basic ways we regularly move or duplicate sites within our installation. Sometimes, we simply need to replicate a site so that we can start from common ground, then modify the duplicate to include different elements. Other times, we simply need to move a site from one network to another (for instance, when research indicates that a specific area within the university website belongs under a different parent). We also come across the need to take a site that was previously a subsite within a network (a subdirectory under one subdomain) and “promote” it to be its own network (where it gets its own subdomain). It should be noted that, when moving a site from one network to another, you can rarely do so without having to manipulate the database a little bit. The complexity of the move often dictates just how much you’ll have to mess with the data. Read the rest of this entry »

By The Numbers – What’s Happening at UMW

October 23rd, 2012 by Curtiss Grymala

I’ve had a few people ask about the size of the WordPress installation we’re using at the University of Mary Washington, so I wanted to make a quick blog post to run through some of the numbers.

Before I get into that, though, I want to give a brief synopsis of what WordPress looks like at UMW. About 5 years ago, Jim Groom and his crew in our Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) set up a WordPress system called UMW Blogs. UMW Blogs is a place for students, faculty and staff to set up their own blogs. It is a WordPress multisite environment (actually, I believe they have migrated to a multi-network setup, as well; but I’m not 100% sure). They are running the system on their own hosting account, and they handle all of the administration and maintenance of the system (with a tiny bit of development help from me every once in a while).

On the other side, we have had the main University of Mary Washington website (which we affectionately call “dub-dub-dub”) running on our WordPress multi-network installation for a little over a year. I am responsible for the majority of development, administration and maintenance of the entire system. We have that running on our own dedicated machine in-house. Read the rest of this entry »

Multi-Network Migration

October 21st, 2012 by Curtiss Grymala

At the University of Mary Washington, we use a multi-network installation of WordPress. For those of you that haven’t heard of multi-network before, or that might like to learn a little more about it, you can check out the slides from one of my recent presentations on the subject.

In addition to running a multi-network install, we also have three separate servers. We run a development server, a staging server and a production server. We use the development server to perform volatile development work, such as adding wholesale new features and developing complicated new plugins; we use the staging server to test new plugin installations, minor theme modifications, etc.; and we use the production server for our live website (natch). Read the rest of this entry »