How to Enable Multi-User Support in WordPress

by Michael on August 11, 2010 · 0 comments

Back in the day, there were two flavors of the WordPress blogging platform: WordPress and WordPress MU (Multi-User). With the release of WP3, these two versions have been merged, but the MU functionality is hidden by default.

If you’d like to create a multi-user blog, you can edit wp-config.php to enable MU support. Simply add the following line of code:

define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);

Next, save the file and then reload the WordPress Dashboard. You should now see a new “Network” tab under the “Tools” menu. This is where the magic happens.

Note that, while it’s technically possible to convert an existing WordPress install to Multi-User format, this is most easily done with a fresh install on a new site.

I still haven’t done this myself, but have considered creating a multi-topic blog using the multi-user functionality. I’ll be posting more in the future on this topic if I decide to go this route.

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