October 7-10, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Session Details

WordPress to the nth Power: Multisite and Beyond

#AIM2 Applications, Integration and Mobile Track

102 D & E, Frontier Airlines Center


In addition to the freedom that WordPress offers to its users, it also offers a great deal of flexibility to its administrators and managers. One of the greatest features of WordPress is the ability to set up a multisite environment, allowing you to stand up an entirely new website in minutes. WordPress Multisite offers you the option to set up new websites using subdomains or subdirectories off of the original installation point and, through various plugins and configuration settings, you can take it even further.
During this presentation, Curtis Grymala will briefly explain how a default multisite installation of WordPress works, how to expand that to fit your unique situation, and explore the possibilities of using domain mapping to use unique URLs for individual sites within the multisite installation. For many higher education institutions, though, even multisite is not broad enough to fit the information architecture of our websites. That's where Multi-Network comes into play. At UMW, the university website is built on a WordPress Multi-Network environment, with nearly 30 multisite setups running inside of a single WordPress installation. Grymala will touch on the basics of setting up WordPress to work as a Multi-Network tool, and offer tips to get plugins and themes working more efficiently in this unique environment.


Curtiss Grymala
University Webmaster, University of Mary Washington

Curtiss Grymala, the founder of Ten-321 Enterprises, is the University Webmaster at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). Prior to starting that position in November 2010, he worked as the Webmaster at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) in Middletown, Va. for nearly four years. At UMW, Grymala was responsible for working with the external vendor in charge of the site design, and currently manages all custom development for the University’s unique implementation of WordPress as its new CMS. Over the last three years, Grymala has developed more than 50 custom WordPress plugins, released nine public WordPress plugins and created more than 15 custom WordPress themes for various organizations and companies, including multiple implementations for the University of Michigan, the conference website for edUi 2010, 2011 & 2012 and more.