Using a plugin called network-privacy you can hide a WordPress Multi Site site so that it’s only accessible to a particular type of user.
You can use this if you want to create a staging / development site within a WordPress Multi Site network.
If you’ve ever converted a single installation of WordPress into a WordPress Multi Site ( WPMS ) network using subdirectories, you’ll have noticed that the prefix for blog permalinks for the primary site changes from
If you are concerned that this new permalink structure will cause problems in the future then you may choose to remove the
It is possible to remove this prefix
Some people say that making this change is not recommended. The reason for adding the
blog/ prefix is to prevent conflicts with URLs in other sites in the network.
If you do this on the main site of your network, you must make sure that none of your posts, categories, tags, or custom post types and taxonomies have a slug equal to the slug of a subsite.
I did this on a local install, creating a subsite called 2020. Then I forgot about it, updated to WordPress 5.5-beta3 and thought the hack had stopped working. I’m going to have to fiddle with the new sub-site’s name now.
WordPress was first released on 27th May 2003. It reached 17 years old on 27th May 2020. It’s rather popular you know. Here are a few of WordPress’s significant events from 2003 to the current day.
I’m away on vacation very soon. I’ve taken the opportunity to release another beta version of my oik-blocks plugin with a new block called Dynamic content block (
This block implements 11 of my dynamic content shortcodes delivered by the oik base plugin, hence the prefix. When it’s ready for production then I’ll deliver the block in oik v4.1.0.
It’s been nearly 9 years since I first released my oik plugin to wordpress.org
Today, after many months of procrastination I finally released another update. oik v4.0.0 now embraces the block editor.
Well, it delivers a number of blocks; 6 in total, though wordpress.org only detected 5.
I’ve been slowly working through my plugins on wordpress.org, updating them so that they no longer display the “This plugin’s old and may not work message”. Today, I noticed that the total downloads of my plugins on wordpress.org has reached 400,000. [Read more…]
What has cloning ever done for us?
Asked by: Fuzzy Duck, Ducky Fuzz and the other one
Coming up to five years ago I published my requirements for cloning content between sites. One of the planned enhancements was to support pull cloning. ie. Pulling updated content back from a slave server to the local system, providing the same content cloning functionality as for push cloning, including attachments.
I’m going on holiday to New Zealand fairly soon. I won’t be taking my laptop. I want to be able to import any changes I make on my websites back to my development machine.
Back in June 2019, when I first started writing this post, I developed a batch interface to support push, pull and reconciliation. Then I got sidelined with
Do Not Clone logic to cater for posts that get cloned both between subdomains and local and slave servers.
Over the last couple of days, I’ve written a new Slave tab for the oik options > Clone admin page. I think I’ve nearly cracked it. It even seems to work for attachments. I can Import, Pull, Push and Clone content, including re-usable blocks.
Now I’m going to find out if it really does work. Fingers crossed. I’ve packaged a new version of the plugin as v2.0.0-beta-20200127. I don’t think I need to install the plugin on my servers since the changes apply to my local development. But I might as well.
Wish me luck! PS. I will be taking backups before I do anything too drastic.
It's been 10 years since I retired.
I haven't had a rest.
Writing website software
That's been quite a test.
Why did IBM pay me
For all the fun I had?
It doesn't really matter now
But I suppose I'm glad.
I learnt a lot at IBM
And plenty more at home.
I've always had a feeling
That I could write a tome.
Then I’d need to sell it.
To make the cash till ring.
Whether buyers read it.
Well that's another thing.
It s a cryin shame.
It s really not that fair.
I ve this need for apostrophes,
but there isn t one to spare.
Extensive research has allowed me to produce the Top 10 misconceptions about WordPress.
Please share wisely.