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I was wandering around the control panel for my webhost (I use BlueHost - affiliate link) and noticed that I had 12 blogs I was administering.  Don't panic, that includes my wife's websites for her company, as well as a family blog and the blog for my son's Flat Stanley. 

But still...  Keeping up with plug-in updates, WordPress updates and other stuff can take a little time.  Not to mention that I have to go to a bunch of different sites in order to write posts or deal with comments...  Whatever.  A BUNCH of sites. 

So I started thinking about WPMU, WordPress Multi User.  Basically, I would be able to have just one control panel, and just one set of plugins.  I could have different themes and domains for each blog... but I could write for all of them in one place. 

Migrating all of my various blogs into one platform would likely be a serious PITA.  While I would probably get fairly efficient by the time I got through my dozen blogs, I would bet that I would have a couple of days invested in the project. 

So, anyone play in WPMU?  Is it worth the time to switch over?

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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Lane, I know a few people that use that WP multiuser blog for Squidoo related blogs. He had a bit of setting up to do, and has to do all the plug-ins and stuff for the other users, but since these are all your own Blogs seems to me it would be a productive use of your time.  After the new learning curve of course :)  I say go for it, worse that can happen is you still have 12 independent blogs ;)

Nov 24, 2009 03:19 PM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Lane. I have many WP blogs and the only reason why I didn't go with the MU format is because of the databases. While I backup my databases I don't feel comfortable having my databases bundled together that way. That's the main reason why I have not switched over to MU due to the convenience because it won't be convenient if I lose all of my databases. I'm just really cautious when it comes to that. However I'm curious how it is working out for others. ~ Lana

Nov 24, 2009 05:00 PM
Fred Carver Real Estate Consulant
Retired BC Realtor - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Lane...you are sooo far ahead. I'm busy here,plus looking after 2 web sites and their blogs and then there is Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn which all get my AR posts, Youtube and yes SendOutCards for personal cards and today i sent my Xmas Greeting to my clients...

Do you sell Real Estate while doing all this?, I'm thinking if I put the same amount of effort in my real Estate..I'd be rich :O))

Nov 24, 2009 05:22 PM

It would totally be worth it to swtich over. There's a lot of work initially, but afterwards everything in tersm of management is so much easier. Then you have one database to back up.

Download it here: http://mu.wordpress.org

Tutorials at wpmututorials.com

Nov 25, 2009 12:02 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Authentic Marketing for Heart-Led Agents

Hi Lane,

We're in a similar situation with many WP sites, I've heard about WPMU but haven't tried it. It sounds like it might make things easier for both of us but I don't know the downside. I'll be watching to see if others have feedback.



Nov 25, 2009 05:29 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I mentioned MU when I was reading WordPress for Dummies and someone left a snotty comment...

What is the difference between MU and Buddy Press?   I believe Buddy Press was introduced after the version of WP for Dummies I read was published but before I went to WordCamp.

The AR member who wrote a  post on ActiveRain that got featured slamming 95% of buyers agents (accusing them of fraud against their clients), and giving confidential information about her transcation tried to say ActiveRain should not have posted her post publicly but she had the same content on her WordPress blog which is a WordPress MU blog. 

No option there to keep it private?  Or she was not using it there either.  She took down the post there too.

Looking at her blog I wondered why she'd be using MU.  I never thought maybe she has lots of blogs or someone else (husband?  ) has blogs and they are all on MU.

I am clueless about WordPress MU but I will be watching your discussion here.

Nov 27, 2009 04:01 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Kathy - What I would do is change over the blog I'm not using to WPMU and then see about migrating other blogs into it... 

Lana - I had a database crash.  I had a 4 day old DB on my computer and several back-ups with my host.  I'm not worried about that so much...  But I know what you are saying. 

Fred - I don't deal with a lot of postal mailings... 

Andrea - I appreciate it.  I think it will be happening soon...

Monica - It might take a week or two, but I will post up my experiences...

Maureen - Honestly, I'm not sure.  I thought BuddyPress was a social platform in addition to the blogging platform (kind of an outgrowth of WPMU)...  But I wasn't paying attention when I looked over it.

Nov 30, 2009 12:08 PM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Lane, I'll be checking back to see how this goes. I use Bluehost as well, and am building a new WP blog. I've always had work done by others, but want to learn this time.

Nov 30, 2009 03:29 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Teri - With BlueHost, using Simple Scripts makes it terribly easy to build out a single WP site... but they don't have MU on there...

Dec 01, 2009 10:02 AM