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I have a PHP script I want to use for creating a new blog in WPMU. I am having trouble calling WordPress functions like wpmu_create_user and wpmu_create_blog.

My hope is to get this script running as a cron job from the command line and pick up new blog creation requests from an external db, create a new blog using the WordPress functions and update the database with the new blog information.

How to&Answers:

include wp-load.php file (in the root of your wordpress installation) in your php script file like so,


you will have to provide the abspath of the wp-load file,
now you can use all the functions of wordpress in your php script


I’ve got a universal solution that will work in any PHP file inside the wp-content folder without any adjustments or needing to know what is mysterious 'path/to/wordpress'

require_once(explode("wp-content", __FILE__)[0] . "wp-load.php");

It just automatically goes up to root of WordPress and loads wp-load.php.

You can just paste it anywhere, no matter if it’s a plugin or theme file, and it will work.

I think stuff like ../../../.. looks extremely bad and when you modify the structure of your folders of a theme or plugin you can get crazy.

Note: This solution assumes you didn’t rename your wp-content folder.


For wordpress 3.1, I had to specify the host/domain because wp-includes/ms-settings.php:100 needs it or it dies. So my script looks something like (note I am using it for a network/multiblog site):

#!/usr/bin/php -q

#for multi-blog only
$blog_id = 1;

#specify host or domain (needed for wp-includes/ms-settings.php:100)
$_SERVER[ 'HTTP_HOST' ] = 'localhost';

#location of wp-load.php so we have access to database and $wpdb object
$wp_load_loc = "/path/to/wordpress/wp-load.php";


#for multi-blog only

#test to make sure we can access database
echo $wpdb->prefix; 


This should work:


i.e. When the php script is on the same server and WP is installed on the root. As most cases are.


Following is the code I am using:


require_once ('/path/to/wordpress/wp-load.php');
require_once ('/path/to/wordpress/wp-blog-header.php');
require_once ('/path/to/wordpress/wp-includes/registration.php');

do_action('wpmuadminedit', '');

//Code to Connect and Select the external database

//Code to Connect to the external DB and get the new order details: 
NewBlogName=$name and AdminEmail=$email

if ( !email_exists($email) )
                // email does exist, create a new user
                $name = create_name_from_email($email);
                $password = "use a default password";
                $user_id=wpmu_create_user($name, $password, $email);
                create_blog($email, $title, $user_id, $password);
                // user exists, create new blog
                $password = "use existing wordpress password";
                create_blog($email, $title, $user_id, $password);

function create_name_from_email ($email) {
 $name = $matches[1];
 return $name;

//Creates a new blog, expects user to already exist.
function create_blog($email, $title, $user_id, $password)
//Code to Update external DB that the order is in process

    $public = array("public" => 1);
    if (constant('VHOST') == 'yes')
            $newdomain = $domain . "." . $current_site->domain;
            $path = $base;
            $newdomain = $current_site->domain; $path = $base . $domain . '/';
    $domain = strtolower($domain);
    $newdomain = strtolower($newdomain);
    $path = strtolower($path);
    $meta = apply_filters('signup_create_blog_meta', array('lang_id' => 1, $public));
    $meta = apply_filters("add_singup_meta", $meta);
    wpmu_create_blog($newdomain, $path, $title, $user_id , $meta, $current_site->id);
    do_action('wpmu_activate_blog', $blog_id, $user_id, $password, $title, $meta);

    // Update external DB  with BlogUrl, NewBlogName, AdminPassword, 






I think you have to add this line before any usage of wordpress function in your custom file. and make sure i have add ../ 3 times as per my wordpress installation structure.It’s depends on your structure checks manually.
ex. if your custom file is inside your themes/yourtheme/custom.php then above code will works perfectly and if not then add ../ or remove one or more ../ as per your path.


WordPress uses a phpass function.

This worked for me as I had a password, and the hash in a table (migrated WordPress users) and had to find a way to check login details.

Grab this download here – https://github.com/sunnysingh/phpass-starter

All you need is this basic function to check a text password to a WordPress hash:

$hasher = new PasswordHash(8, false);

// Check that the password is correct
$check = $hasher->CheckPassword($password, $stored_hash);

if ($check) {

  // Password good

} else {

 // Password wrong



All credits to Sunny Singh!