Eating our own dog food

Somewhat an unappetizing but often used phrase within a lot of development communities, here at WPeBooks we’re fans of eating our own dog food too.

In short, this means we use the products we develop. WPeBooks is just one of our properties; we also run a successful network install offering free blogs for homeschoolers.

As anyone who has used multisite to host blogs for others has realized, it can quickly become a target for spammers signing up for hundreds of blogs, auto-posting thousands of posts. Cleaning it up can be messy, laborious and painfully boring. Stopping them can be akin to sticking your finger in a crack in a dam.

So one of the things we did on was install the Custom Registration plugin, creating a special custom signup page off the main site. Nothing fancy. This was in late July.

After a month or so, we checked the stats for August.

13 splogs had signed themselves up manually using the new form, in addition to a number of legitimate new users. Using the snack bar plugin and monitoring the sitewide feed, I was able to quickly mark them as spam as soon as I found them.

When Ron checked the access logs, however, we were amazed.

Approximately 750 spam blog signup attempts were made. In August. And blocked.

It’s hard to determine a legitimate signup from a spammer sitting there filling out the form manually, so we’ve come up with something that may work and over the next month or so we’ll be testing that out. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Re-releasing Aggregating Global Content

How’s your summer? Busy? Hot? Here in our office we’ve been putting our heads together over how to make things better. And one of those things was making one of our ebooks all new and revamped. We even changed the title! Still means the same, now with less boring.

Aggregating Global Content will now be known as Network Home Pages. Already purchased it? No worries, you’re still in the same group (must be logged in), AND you get access to the newly revamped ebook in the downloads section (must be logged in) of the product’s support area. And? We’ve now bundled Network Home Pages with Custom Registration and WP Curator, so previous purchasers get free upgrades to BOTH of those groups. Cool beans!

Also? We added a nifty plugin that makes a very organized home page layout of each site in your network with the latest posts from that site – just like I have on my personal network at, and that many people have asked how to do.

Is it hot in here? *whew*

WP Curator now available

Our latest plugin and ebook is called WP Curator, which allows super admins to hand select specific posts in a network and promote them to the main site. If you’ve ever been to the front page of, you’ll see they have hand selected posts from across their network.

This is one way it can be done – with the WP Curator plugin. Once activated, it shows a “promote post” link only to super admins. This way, when surfing your network for excellent content, you can reward your users by highlighting them on the very front of your site. How you format those posts when they get there is totally up to you. You can also use any theme you like – no need to switch to a new theme. We’ve even included some code snippets to use with the Genesis Theme Framework and its child themes.

In fact, has been so successful, they recently launched three separate site showcases featuring posts in three different categories: FoodPress, EcoPressed, and PopPressed.

This plugin requires WordPress 3.1+ with multisite enabled. Get it here, and have fun!

Network Roles beta

Our latest plugin needs a beta test, so we thought we’d do something a little different. You can purchase the plugin for HALF PRICE while it is in beta. As far as we can tell, it works perfectly fine, we just haven’t been able to test it in all situations. So, give it a whirl, have fun and please report back to us.

I also did a handy screencast.

Network Roles allows the super admin to assign specific users a particular role across all blogs in the network. Get it here for $24.95

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How to enable multisite in WordPress

Do you have questions about how to enable multisite in WordPress? Lost? Since WordPress 3.0, admins have been able to walk through a few steps and create a network of sites within one installation. If you have ever wanted to do this, it can be fairly daunting if you have never managed multiple sites before. That’s why I created this easy to follow ebook to walk you through it – complete with screen shots.

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The best part? It’s totally free. I’m not even asking you to sign up for a mailing list. Once you’ve mastered this, you may also want to take a look at the other ebooks and plugins we offer to help manage your new network.

Now updated for 3.1 to show the new Network Admin area.

Need it on the Kindle? Now you can, for the low cost of $0.99. Create a Network with WordPress Multisite


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Professional Domain Mapping released

One that many people were waiting for, we’ve finally released our Professional Domain Mapping plugin and ebook. At $24.95 as a one-time purchase price, we think this is a steal. Included, of course, is an extensive eleven page ebook with step-by-step instructions on how to set up your server for multiple domains with one install of WordPress, using the new network feature in 3.0.

This is the exact same ones we’ve used on our own installs for both Ron and Andrea and WPMU Tutorials.