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Configure WordPress

First setup WordPress, then follow these steps to configure it.

Support multisite extensions

Create /wp-content/mu-plugins/

Many multisite plugins still need to be installed in this folder.

Enable remote editing

Windows LiveWriter is the best WordPress editor, and it uses XML-RPC

Admin > Settings > Writing
  • Enable "Atom Publishing Protocol"

  • Enable "XML-RPC"

  • Click "Save Changes"

Use clean urls

Admin > Settings > Permalinks
  • Choose "Custom Structure"

  • Click "Save Changes"

Enable multisite

Even if you think you won't need more than one WordPress site, do it  anyway just in case.

Create /wp-content/blogs.dir

Add to wp-config.php
define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

Shows Tools | Network in WordPress admin to enable multisite

Paste what you are told to wp-config.php and .htaccess

Remove from wp-config
define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

Admin > Super admin > Options > Upload settings > Media upload buttons

Check "Images" to support "Featured images" in themes that support it


Used by all sites on the entire network

Used by individual sites

Categories and tags

Tags are global, but not categories

Use the Sitewide tags extension to add global tags on the portal front page or on specific pages or sites within the network to increase navigation based on micro-categorized content.


Support multiple domains

WordPress can power multiple top-level domains, not just subdomains.


Add extensions

Customize WordPress with extensions.