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Sarasota WordPress Users Meetup Group Message Board › Anyone using Multisite?

Anyone using Multisite?

Greg D.
user 13978155
Punta Gorda, FL
Post #: 5
I have 4 sites now...wondering if it's worth taking the plunge...or save my self the pain...

Adam W. W.
user 2260245
Sarasota, FL
Post #: 6
I work with Multisite daily, so of course, I would recommend it. It really comes down to your intended usage and your willingness to learn the ins and outs of Multisite as compared to a single install. It used to be that Multisite was a completely different animal than standard WordPress, but after the merge it's not as different as it used to be.

There are some major differences in the workflow where plugins and themes are concerned, and something to keep in mind is that not all plugins or themes are compatible, although I think that is becoming less and less common.

If your intended usage is to have easier admin access to all your site backend's, then the first thing you should do is read up on domain mapping and make sure your host allows "Wildcard DNS". This is the feature that allows you to make subdomain sites in Multisite, and then "map" a regular domain to each.

In others words, you create a new site in Multisite and it becomes http://site2.mymainsi...­, but then you can "map" another domain like­ to the "site2" subdomain. So from a visitors perspective, they visit­ but they are really seeing the content of your subdomain WP site at http://site2.mymainsi...­.

I would do might be a bit of a pain in the beginning because you'll have to set this up, then import all your sites into your new subdomain sites, then install and activate all the same plugins and themes and reconfigure them, and depending on your search indexing that already exists, you might have to redirect some urls too. Sounds like a lot, and it is, but in the long run your site management job will be easier:)
Greg D.
user 13978155
Punta Gorda, FL
Post #: 6
Hey Adam,

Thanks for the detailed reply!

I'm thinking of leaving the existing 4 sites alone ( due to redirecting and plugin issues) and basically a little scared of getting in over my head with my first MS.

I think I might try to do a MS under a new hosted site for my webdesign business with my domain at the top, and using MS to start sites under it /sub domains for client proposals so I can show them a mock up for their site.

I thought World camp was great. I love to catch up if the group plans something soon. If not... I'll give a ring when I'm in the neighborhood someday soon for lunch or a Starbucks!

All the best,


ps - I just joined the training - Not sure if you've see them advertised, but it looks like some cool advanced training - online video instructor lead. They had a 50% deal...after a seminar... I grabbed it!
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