For a project at work, I needed to set up a bunch of blogs yesterday. All with pretty much the same setup and no special needs like exotic plugins or anything. Instead of going through WordPress’ famous 5-minute install six or seven times I decided to try WordPress MU. Considering how MU is a solution aimed at sites looking to run thousands of blogs off of dedicated servers (it’s being developed at wordpress.com), I thought it would be hard to install and pretty much unusable by mere users like me. But instead there was almost nothing to configure and the installation is even easier than that of a regular WordPress install. Go figure.
Five minutes in I was creating my first blog. Another five minutes and I’d set up a couple, each with users to go with them and with my favorite theme. It really was a lot easier than I thought. The inability to run multiple blogs on one install has always been a feature missed by former Movable Typers like me. So if you’re thinking of creating a couple of blogs on the same server, MU might very well be worth your attention.
It is entirely possible that my host has just the right settings in place for MU to run smoothly, and that installation is much harder on other hosts. One thing to keep in mind is that MU’s install script has no way of setting the database table prefix. The default “wp_” is used. This is also the default prefix for regular WP blogs so if you’re planning on running them both using the same database make sure there will be no conflicts.