I would like to test if it works to serve more websites from one Wordpress installation. By default Wordpress supports subdomains (like Wordpress.com) but I would like to run the installation with second-level domains (SLD). This is described in this article. Maybe in the future Wordpress will support SLD, in that case I will report that in this article.
Why this article?
Yes, I know there are a lot of other howto’s about to install Wordpress Multisite. I did not find a correct one and it confused me. To install Wordpress Multisite for SLD is not complex, it is robust, but there are some tricky things that you need to know. That is why I wrote this article. Ok, let’s start!
One of my Wordpress plugins had often bad functioning updates (Organize Series). With this updates I had to recover the corrupted database by hand. A lot of work. It is possible to ignore the updates, but you make easily the mistake to update it with the others. To protect you to this, it is possible to disable the update with a couple of simple rows of code.
Did you ever see in Google Chrome or Chromium the term “Press Tab to search” behind a site URL when typing in an URL?
This is very handy to search this site with Google, but is it possible to make this in your own site?
The answer is Yes, and it is easy to do this.
This article is made for Wordpress sites, but you can do the same with an another CMS only the PHP files are different.
Plugin CodeColorer: Werkt goed, heeft syntax highlighting, maar werkt niet met <pre> of <code>, maar met <cc>, dit is later wel op te lossen met een search en replace, maar zonder <cc> zou nog beter zijn. Heeft een vaste instelbare breedte, terwijl <pre> meeschaalt met de content.
Plugin WP-Syntax: Werkt ook goed, werkt met <pre>, heeft syntax highlight, heeft regelnummers etc, maar heeft geen verticale scrollbar
This article is the last part of the migration/conversion/import of Drupal to Wordpress. In this article we are going to switch to the new Wordpress installation.
Before we are able to switch over to the new Wordpress installation, we need to do the following steps. The tools you need depends on your installation or hosting provider. You can use FTP, SSH, webbased filemanager etc.
Before you go live with your website, it is important to check your sitemap! This does not the case for new sites, but in this guide we are migrating from Drupal to Wordpress. In case of migration it is important to check that all the links to your site still will work, otherwise your search engine ranking will go down. First be sure that you have installed Google XML Sitemaps.
This article contains all migration steps and the database conversion script.
Installation of Wordpress
- Download Wordpress and unzip this file on your webserver. Detailed instructions for installing Wordpress can be found here: Installing WordPress, install Wordpress first in the
- First create an empty database for Wordpress, to achieve this phpMyAdmin can be used
- Open the URL to your Wordpress installation and do the initial configuration.
- After the Wordpress installation, remove the post “Hello world” permanently, also remove the “About” demo page.
Finding solutions in Wordpress plugins for the “missing” functionality
I am using the following Wordpress plugins for replacing the Drupal functionality and modules.
Drupal content type: Book page
In the Drupal core the content type book page is available. It allows you to connect posts with each other, and it is easy to navigate through the next post in a book. Also easy to change the order of posts in a book. I found an even better solution in Wordpress, the Organize Series plugin. I like it a lot, because in every post the table of content is generated. I called it in my website “Guide” instead of series. It works very well and was available for the latest Wordpress version.
A few years ago I used Wordpress, but I missed more advanced functionality. In that time I did a comparison between Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. You can read this here (in Dutch): De keuze tussen Wordpress, Drupal en Joomla.
In short my reasons to switch over to Drupal were that this is a more advanced CMS. For me more future proof. Things what I really liked in Drupal is the “book” functionality, to make a complete story from separate posts. And the possibility to make a multi-site, multi-language CMS.
I made it all with Drupal, but it is not easy to make and to maintain. On holidays I needed to update the plugins and core. It took me 6 hours to upload everything. The Wordpress sites are easier to update, because Wordpress is doing that on server side. I had the feeling that I had to simplify everything and standardise on Wordpress. I builded a testsite to test my current site functionality in Wordpress and I found out that the Wordpress solved a lot of my problems.