Multisite is a wonderful WordPress feature that lets you create a network of websites for any purpose you need. Adding a new site to your network takes only minutes. However, importing one that already exists is a bit more involved.
Fortunately, there are several ways you can approach this task. Once your website becomes part of your multisite network, you’ll be able to run it side by side with as many other projects as you want.
In this guide, we’ll talk about when it makes sense to use WordPress multisite and how it works with ManageWP. Then we’ll show you how to move an existing website into a network. Let’s get to it!
When to use WordPress multisite
Multisite is a WordPress feature that enables you to link several websites under a single installation. With a multisite network, you can take care of several administrative and management tasks from one dashboard.
At the same time, you can still access individual dashboards for each website within your network and even assign different administrators to them. One network can encompass as many sites as you need and as the super administrator, you retain full control.
What that means is you can decide which plugins and themes your ‘subsites’ can access. You can also manage users at a network level and remove or add sites as you wish.
As for why you’d want to use a multisite network, it can come handy in a variety of situations, such as:
- Running multiple WordPress websites that all use similar plugins and themes.
- Creating multiple sites for the same organization, each one with a different purpose.
- Managing client websites so you can aid users with little WordPress experience.
In a way, a multisite network works very much like managing multiple websites using ManageWP. You have one central dashboard that connects to everything and gives you a bird’s eye view.
That said, ManageWP does offer a ton of extra features that you don’t get with multisite, including automated backups and safe updates for plugins and themes:
However, you don’t need to decide between using one or the other. ManageWP enables you to connect multisite networks with your account. That means you can use the service to manage websites at a network level and also make changes to them independently.
What to do before you move a WordPress website into a multisite network
There’s one thing you need to do before you make significant changes to any WordPress website and that is create a backup of it.
Ideally, you’ll use some tool or service (such as ManageWP) that enables you to automate backups. That way, you’ll always have access to a recent copy of your full site in case something goes wrong.
Moving a website into a multisite network
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.