The long awaited version of WordPress that integrates WPMU for multiple sites as well as an improve dashboard with thousands of bug fixes has arrived! Check out the full blog post over at the WordPress blog and watch the video for highlights. I will be offering a WordPress 3.0 training so make sure to sign up for the Freshworkshops newsletter!
WordPress 3.0 Improved Features
Multi Site Support – Now a single code base supports both single blogs and multiple blogs. I first tried out WPMU in 2008 to easily manage my client’s blogs in one spot.
Following Richard’s instructions for WordPress Mu with Domain Mapping, I was able to get it setup in a weekend where I had different domain names connected to the same WPMU install but dishing out different sites for each! I was stoked! I documented my steps in Google Sites along with all the plugins I was using and began setting up “business blogs” for clients. Over time, WPMU fell behind in development where new features were months behind the single WordPress version. I broke my clients out of WPMU into individual blogs. One of the big benefits of WPMU for multiple domains is I only had the update WordPress and the plugins in one place. When WordPress introduced automatic mass plugin updates in 2.9, it made WordPress site management so much easier! Now, you can enjoy the 7 years of WordPress development on one blog or on 4,000 as they roll out!
Update: Andrea_r points out in the comments that multiple domains can now be controlled by a plugin. w00t!
When I started up this blog, I got started with some great tips from my Life Coach on blogging. One thing he said was to create links between my business site and my blog so I went about finding the best way to redirect page links to external websites.
Platform: WordPress 2.6.3 (updated version) in WPMU