Before you run thinking this a terrifying new language, WPMUDEV stands for WordPressMU Development Premium, a “custom” version of WordPressMU, the extraordinary blogging platform that has morphed into that which runs Edublogs, similar to WordPress.com.
James Farmer and Andrew Billits have put together WPMUDEV Premium based upon what they developed with Edublogs and their associated blogging services, like learnerblogs for school students, uniblogs.org for university and college students, and eslblogs for those involved in teaching English as a second language and English as a foreign language.
WordPressMU is not appropriate for those who wish to have multiple blogs or the average WordPress blogger. WordPressMU is designed for memberships, associations, groups, and companies to bring blogs to their members and employees.
Before WordPress.com was Edublogs, the first fully functional version of WordPressMU to be put to the test. WordPress.com has built up their WordPressMU model to include over 1 million bloggers and many WordPress.com VIP Hosted blogs including several from CNN and Yahoo. Farmer and Billits have taken and expanded the WordPressMU program to host four different free blogging services with tens of thousands of bloggers from all over the world and all ages, and they want to bring that expertise to other groups and businesses for a modest support and development fee.
James Farmer and Andrew Billits have developed a variety of hacks and customization features, along with some excellent WordPress Plugins for WordPressMU into a support package deal. All the work has been done, including over two years of development and testing. With so much of the work being done, there is little the administrator has to do other than administrative monitoring and decisions. The hardest work will be recruiting new bloggers – oh, and explaining what a blog is.
This is a joint project between Andrew Billits and myself that aims to find a way to provide complex custom plugins, materials, hacks and support for WordPress MultiUser (WPMU) for a fraction of the amount you’d have to pay a developer.
It’s already stuffed full of goodies; there’s the multi-database code that’s used on Edublogs (happily supporting 50,000 blogs on the one domain), mu-plugins to give you the lowdown on all your user activity (active users, posts, comments and more!), unbranded support videos for you to use on your WPMU site and a new bumper theme pack with uploadable headers a gogo.
And lots, lots, lots, more… which we’re going to be adding to all the time.
Plus there are comprehensive support forums to back up all of the code there.
Trust me, there is a lot of work involved in developing such a multi-user blogging system, especially with all the bells and whistles James and Andrew have put together.
WPMUDEV Premium is actually very affordable. They have a monthly pricing schedule which begins by the month at USD $50 and then scales back for a year of program and support for $250, a $350 savings off the monthly rate.
Here are the features with more on the way:
- Multiple Databases
- Mass Email Service
- WordPress Theme Packs
- Support for hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands…who knows how many blogs
- A Variety of WordPress Plugins which add more features such as:
- Blog Activity Monitor
- Administration Ads
- Administration Messages
- User Activities
- Friends (connecting blog users)
- Customer Support
- Upgrade Support
Again, this is not for typical bloggers. This is for groups and businesses who want to bring blogs to their members.
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