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Travis Taylor

WordPress | PHP | Entrepreneur

Posts Tagged ‘WordPress’

Managing multiple WordPress sites with Multisite

As a new endeavor, we’ve been creating all of our new sites on our localhost with multisite. It is a bit of a learning curve moving from regular WordPress installs to Multisite, but the benefits seem to keep growing everyday.

The one thing that really confused me at first was using multiple plugins across sites. There are two ways to install a plugin for multisite. The first is Network Activate, which activates the plugin across all of your websites. This is great for plugins like Debug Bar or Gravity Forms but is not always a good idea for using something like an eCommerce plugin like WooCommerce. Since not of our websites are eCommerce, there is no need to have the plugin activated across all sites. If you don’t chose network activate and just install the plugin, then switch from network access to the individual site, you can then install the plugin specifically for that site. Thankfully with some email help from my good friend Austin @ Anchordev, I was able to figure this out quicker.

Another huge benefit to Multisite for theme developers is keeping all of your themes in one directory and being able to easily access older code to use on a new site you’re developing.

All in all, I’m still learning Multisite, but I can already tell this is something we’re going to be switching all of our sites to pretty soon. Figuring that out will be my next task.

Rayne, my newest WordPress Theme

Yesterday I decided that it was time for version 3 of my personal site travistaylor.com. After much inspiration from some great designers I follow on dribbble, I came up with this idea for a blog style WordPress theme (what you see right now). I really like how the designed turned out and I decided it couldn’t wait any longer and I developed the site in the same night… 2am came pretty quick.

This was my first time actually developing a custom commenting system for WordPress and I learned a lot from it. I kept adjusting the design all night and decided to add some CSS3 animation to the theme, which turned out to be icing on the cake. I’m very happy with the final result. I’ve decided to make the theme free and open-source on GitHub. Hopefully it will be up in the WordPress theme repository soon, but I know I want to make a few changes before that happens like adding a customizer option so users can change the colors of the theme.

Anyways, please feel free to post any feedback on the theme below. You can download or contribute to the theme here.

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