WordPress MU 2.8.1 beta

Autumn Trees WordPress MU is a multi user or multi blog version of WordPress that can be used to run sites like WordPress.com.

MU Admins! Please download and test wpmu-2.8.1-beta.zip on a test server! This is a beta release that is this <—> close to being final but it needs testing by the community.

It works fine on my test server but I haven’t been able to test every last thing to death. That’s where you come in. Download it, install it, login, look around. Notice anything broken? That’s what Trac is for. Verify you can repeat the problem, open a ticket and describe how the problem can be reproduced. Well done. You’ve just contributed to a Free Software project. 🙂

PS. I know there are two “My Blogs” links in the beta. That was fixed 2 days ago. Grab the zip file from the end of this page to get the most up to date code.

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

23 thoughts on “WordPress MU 2.8.1 beta”

  1. I have read that MU is going to be merged with regular wordpress, is this true and any timeframe of when?

    1. Oh, there’s been a hell of a lot of discussion about that hasn’t there? Will it happen at 2.9, 3.0, 3.1 even?

      Well, I can definitely say “maybe”.

  2. Aw but if they merged, we wouldn’t get seperate forums anymore on mu.wordpress.org! heh… Looking greatly forward to seeing it stable (though to be fair it seems pretty much that way now) and deploying it. New to MU, but loving it up!

  3. Hey Donncha,
    This is great stuff.

    Here are some tiny issues that rather than putting in the official tracker I’ll pop in here:

    wp-content/blogs.php has CRLF line endings. A couple of others do too but I can’t remember which.


    Lines 350 – 360 approx
    You have an ampersand but needs to be encoded. 3 cases on the variable $url2


  4. Not sure if it is buddypress related or 2.8.1, but there are a few posts about incompatibility already. I was going to try 2.8.1 myself, but as I run buddypress as well, I figured it would be smart to check here first to see what the problem may actually be.

    Comments from bp forums:
    1.Hi, I’ve got the members theme installed in /wp-content/bp-themes/bpmember but I’m still getting the message: You do not have any BuddyPress themes installed…. when I visit the members/blogs/groups links using the default home theme. The URLs look good.

    Also, when I hover over an avatar, the URL is showing /index.php/members/jwinn and it resolves to /members/jwinn with the above error, too.

    2.Hi all, did you tested BuddyPress with latest WPMU 2.8.1 (beta)? I tried it, but could not create groups and there were also other problems… Did you manage to run your BuddyPress with WPMU 2.8.1?

  5. Hi Donncha,
    Glad those worked!

    One thing I’ve always wanted with WPMU is for users to set their own sitewide language. For example, I work with a number of Japanese sites and if a user sets their blog as Japanese, then English speakers who are members of the site and perhaps of a Japanese ‘community’ blog are forced to try to read the Japanese in the Dashboard. I actually wrote a plugin for this but ultimately couldn’t get it to work because of the way
    inits the $locale_file
    before the user.

    I was thinking that the locale_file file should be set after we have user data, so we can allow a registered user to have a single file. Perhaps there is a way round this but I could work it out.

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