Successful WordPress MU (WPMU) Installation

We are happy to announce the completion of a large WordPress Multi User (WPMU) project for one of our clients.

The requirement was as follows:

Currently we manage a set of wordpress blogs each with its own installation on its own servers. Some blogs were the main site for the respective domains and some blogs were wordpress installations in sub folders in the respective domains. This was becoming a maintenance nightmare, as with each version upgrade of wordpress, we had to upgrade ten different local installations of the same.

Our task was to eliminate the need for maintaining multiple wordpress installations and have a single installation that will be used to manage multiple blogs, one sub domain per blog. Also, we had to come up with a way to get a blog up and running with minimum effort for any new client/guest asking for a new blog for themselves.

We managed to accomplish the goals successfully today and have centrally implemented the wordpress MU blogging tool on Blogs Plugin – http://blogsplug.in/

There are multiple blogs running out of it. Infact, this blog on Auro Infotech is also now running out of this blogsplug.in WordPress MU installation.

One another key requirement was to make sure that for the existing wordpress sites that are getting converted into this WordPress MU system, the historic indexes in search engines should be retained.

If you search for ‘network solutions domain auro infotech blogs’ on Google it will show the old link:
auroinfotech.com/blogs/blog/…/ns-rebranding-by-network-solutions-are-they-stretching-it/ –

When clicking that link, you will be taken to this page:
http://blogs.auroinfotech.com/2009/08/04/ns-rebranding-by-network-solutions-are-they-stretching-it/

While the old link indexed in google belongs to the WP installation that was there earlier on our blog at auroinfotech.com/blogs, clicking it in the search result correctly takes you to the WPMU installation in blogs.auroinfotech.com .

With this experience, we are ready to take on WPMU installation related tasks as we have learnt quite a few things from this project.

Congratulations to Aravind and Ranjith from the server management team at Auro Infotech for making this happen.