How do I add users to WordPress Multisite?

  • WordPress Multisite support is NOT PROVIDED BY DREAMHOST.
  • If anything on your multisite installation is not functioning, you must troubleshoot it yourself or hire a developer.
  • Multisite is not for WordPress beginners. You should already know how to use WordPress before considering using Multisite.
  • Users should have basic knowledge of PHP, MySQL, how to edit files on the server, and how to review error logs in case you must troubleshoot it yourself.

Users that have already signed up to your site can create a new site within your network at example.com/wp-signup.php.

After a site is created, the new site administrator can log in at example.com/sitename/wp-login.php.

Adding new users manually

At first, only the network administrator can add new users to the master list. It's easier to let the site administrator add their own users.

  1. Log into your Multisite as the network administrator.
  2. Navigate to 'Settings > 'Network Settings'.
  3. Check the box titled 'Allow site administrators to add new users to their site via the "Users ? Add New" page.'
  4. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button.

When the site administrator logs into their dashboard, they now have the options to 'Add New User' in addition to 'Add Existing User'.

Allowing user registration

  1. Log into your Multisite as the network administrator.
  2. Navigate to 'Settings > 'Network Settings'.
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  3. Enable the option titled 'Both sites and user accounts can be registered'.
  4. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button.
  5. Visit your login page at example.com/wp-login.php or the new site's login page at example.com/site1/wp-login.php. A 'Register' link now appears under the login fields. 
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  6. Click the 'Register' link to allow the creation of a user account or a new site.

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