[wp-edu] how to set new site defaults on WordPress 3.x network

VanDrimmelen, Jeff jeffvand at unc.edu
Thu Mar 31 20:19:51 UTC 2011

It works in 3.1 too, but just has not been moved to the network admin area.  Look for the settings on your main site logged in as super-admin under the tools area.  "New Blog Defaults."  It just needs the new Network Admin menu added to it.  Great plugin! :)

UNC-CH Web.unc.edu Admin

Jeff VanDrimmelen

From: wp-edu-bounces at lists.automattic.com [mailto:wp-edu-bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Lucas Waltzer
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Have you tried this plugin?  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpmu-new-blog-defaults/

Says it's broken, but it's working on a 3.05 that we have, so you might be in luck for a while...

Luke Waltzer

From: "Whisler, Dave" <dkwhisle at uncc.edu<mailto:dkwhisle at uncc.edu>>
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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:10:37 -0400
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Subject: [wp-edu] how to set new site defaults on WordPress 3.x network

I'm running a WordPress 3.0.1 multi-site network at my university where I work.
I need a way to easily change some of the new site "default" parameters that are used when I create a new site on the WP network.
While I want to do this, I want to do it safely without modifying core (for obvious reasons) or something else that might put the site at risk when upgrading, etc..
It seems like this should be rather easy, but I have yet to figure out where to do this.

Here's my preferences for a new site:

1.       No posts

2.       No pages

3.       No links

4.       Comments are disabled sitewide

5.       timezone to "New York" (aka:  EST / UTC - 5 hrs)

6.       set a certain header image of my choice

7.       permalinks - Month and name

8.       writing settings - size of the post "25" lines

9.       widgets - set which ones should be in any new sites

I realize that likely some or all of these cannot easily be accomplished, but setting some up front as we need, would be better than none.
As of right now each time I create a new site for someone, I either need to walk them thru setting up the defaults and deleting the "default" content off the new site OR do it myself, which either way is wasted time.


Dave Whisler
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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