WPMU new blog settings plugin

This plugin was updated to work with version 2.6 – see here.

In a new forum thread this week a WordPress MU user asked an old question: how to set the default timezone offset for new blogs? The solution proposed was to edit the wp-admin/includes/schema.php file (line 275). This of course should work but it involves in changing wpmu core files, an option I think is not the best one.

The option I propose is to set the default timezone offset option, and other options as well, using a plugin. This is really simple by using the wpmu_new_blog hook. The entire thing is less than 10 lines of code:

function new_blogs_setting( $blog_id )  {
//set your options here:
update_option('gmt_offset', 2);
// stop editing here
add_action('wpmu_new_blog', 'new_blogs_setting');

The plugin can be downloaded from here (wpmu_new_blog.zip) and needs to be droped in the mu-plugins directory. One can add any other default option settings. In the case were a change of an option for existing blogs is required, the script to set global options for all WPMU blogs may be used.

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Comments 14

  1. ray wrote:

    very helpful.

    Posted 04 Apr 2008 at 12:49 pm
  2. Akashic wrote:

    Simple, easy and useful. Thanks! Will help in future updates.

    Posted 20 May 2008 at 4:06 am
  3. Margje wrote:

    I used this plugin to change the default language for a new created blog but it doesn’t seems to work wpmu 1.5.1

    I’ll put the next line in the plugin:

    //set your options here:
    add_option(‘WPLANG’, ‘nl_NL’);
    // stop editing here

    But the language is still english instead of nl_NL (dutch)
    What to do to change the default language for new created blogs in wpmu v1.5.1 ?

    Thanks in advance

    Posted 02 Jun 2008 at 3:22 pm
  4. Elad wrote:

    update_blog_option( $blog_id, ‘wplang’, ‘nl_NL’ );

    I’m not sure why this is needed but I think it works. Please let me know.

    Posted 02 Jun 2008 at 5:13 pm
  5. Simon wrote:

    @Elad – your suggestion re: default language works correctly, once you’ve made the usual quote substitutions which are necessary with code posted in a WP blog. Thanks!

    Posted 24 Jun 2008 at 9:01 am
  6. Scot wrote:

    Wondering if this can be used to change the default role for a new blog owner from ‘admin’ to ‘author’? Also, i downloaded, placed n mu-plugins but could not find any reference to it on my site anywhere. Did I miss something?


    Posted 01 Jul 2008 at 4:20 am
  7. Elad wrote:

    Scot, I guess it could but you will have search for the right option to change.

    This plugin doesn’t have any UI at all.

    Posted 01 Jul 2008 at 1:38 pm
  8. camner wrote:

    Hmmm…couldn’t get this to work in WPMU 2.6. I dropped the (edited) file into mu-plugins, added a blog, and nothing happened. Has something changed with the hook in 2.6?

    Posted 31 Jul 2008 at 2:05 am
  9. Elad wrote:

    camner – I will check and get back on this.

    Posted 31 Jul 2008 at 6:53 am
  10. Jess wrote:

    Hi Elad !
    First of all, thanks for your plugin, a very usefull one !
    Indead, as camner said if before, it doesn’t work on WPMU 2.6.
    Activating the plugin results an error :
    “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_RETURN in /homepages/xxxxxx/htdocs/mu/wp-content/plugins/wpmu_new_blog.php on line 19”

    I’ll try to figure out what’s going one, but if you can help, that would be great 😉

    Posted 21 Aug 2008 at 12:41 pm
  11. Jess wrote:

    Yep, the only bug on your plugin is… Me !
    I forgot to close an “‘” on a delcaration…
    Plugin Activeted Succefully ! 😉

    Posted 21 Aug 2008 at 12:49 pm
  12. Boonika wrote:

    Page with the new version of this plugin links to this page. That link is broken:


    Posted 22 Aug 2008 at 2:37 pm
  13. Elad wrote:

    Thanks Boonika – fixed.

    Posted 22 Aug 2008 at 2:41 pm
  14. Suzanne wrote:

    Realy nice I checked all the wordpress plugins!

    Posted 22 Jan 2012 at 12:31 pm

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