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#14215 new feature request

MultiSite: Add new > different username from blog title

Reported by: Person Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.0
Component: Networks and Sites Keywords: ux-feedback
Focuses: multisite Cc:


I would like to request that the current system for adding a new blog site be expanded so that as admins, we can specify a different username that's unrelated to the blog title. That is, in Site Admin -> Add New, at the bottom of the page, add a new field specifically for the username. For that matter, it would be useful to also have a field to be able to specify the password, and perhaps a little checkbox that allows you to optionally prevent an email from being sent. These features are really useful when you're manually adding sites for employees, students, and the such.

I had provided a fix for wpmu 2.8.4 at one point (with a better explanation and details), you can see the thread here: http://mu.wordpress.org/forums/topic/12945

An example of the final result: http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/2551/addblogwordpress.png

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visual_diff_wp3.7z (33.6 KB) - added by Person 4 years ago.
A visual diff of desired changes in wordpress 3.0
2014-02-15 at 3.03 PM.png (39.6 KB) - added by danielbachhuber 2 months ago.
Mockup of add existing vs. create new

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Change History (7)

Person4 years ago

A visual diff of desired changes in wordpress 3.0

comment:1 nacin3 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

comment:2 jeremyfelt9 months ago

  • Keywords ux-feedback added; multisite multiuser blog title username password email removed

comment:3 jeremyfelt3 months ago

  • Component changed from Multisite to Networks and Sites
  • Focuses multisite added

comment:4 jeremyfelt3 months ago

Thanks for the request, @Person. Sorry we haven't said anything in 4 years! :)

I agree that the current new site form is clunky. The existing behavior is described well:

A new user will be created if the above email address is not in the database. The username and password will be mailed to this email address.

The workflow to add a new site and invite a new user without that site's address becoming the username is:

  1. Create user on the network.
  2. Create site on the network, specifying the email address for that new user.

At the risk of adding too many options to this page, is there a way that we can streamline this?

I guess the one thing that stands out is whether other user information would need to be assigned as well. Maybe if we detect that the entered email address is a new user, additional form fields are presented to help create?

danielbachhuber2 months ago

Mockup of add existing vs. create new

comment:5 danielbachhuber2 months ago

What about we decouple the behaviors of creating new sites and users? Instead, the behavior would be to add your "First Administrator", and you'd choose between an existing user or explicitly creating a new user. Something like this mockup:


Personally, I'm always afraid of entering the wrong email address. The auto-complete helps, but I think the two behaviors (create a site vs. create a user) should be completely decoupled.

And, having just said that, maybe the "Add New Site" form should only permit selecting an existing user.

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