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Complex Site, Need Advice on How To Build?? (7 posts)

  1. fashionshots
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey WP, I have a rather complex website that I'm needing to build and have no idea where to begin...but here's my list, and I'd love some advice on what I should do to build all this and/or if WP is even capable of it?

    Needs:
    1. FashionShots "home page" as a splash page: Visitors click on the applicable icon to choose which division of the site they want to enter: FashionShots Boudoir, FashionShots Seniors, or FashionShots Models.

    2. Each division of the website has a similar feel in the design, but different colors and navigation specific to that division and they end up looking like 3 different websites, only I just have one admin area to maintain all of them. I was thinking of creating separate WP installs on different directories such as http://www.fashion-shots.com/boudoir, http://www.fashion-shots.com/models, http://www.fashion-shots.com/high-school-seniors, until I realized that would mean I'd have to edit 3 different websites at all times. Is there a way to have just one website that LOOKS like 3 different sites with different templates, but I just have one admin area to maintain all of them?

    Thanks so much for the help!!

  2. Pete
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    WordPress can do all that and much more. You just have to learn php, xhtml, CSS and a few others for a few years or more... Or go on Freelancer.com and pay someone.

  3. jibbius
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You could achieve that with 1 wp install.

    Agree with Pete, making this look good may be tricky for a beginner.

    If you are keen to try this yourself;
    - Learn how to create custom post types, for each of your different content types.
    - You may wish to use the Advanced Custom Fields plugin, to configure all the images/data collected for each post type.
    - Look at how you want to get these posts on different pages. Perhaps categories?
    - Once they are on different pages, you'll have to apply different css rules to each. This will be custom code.

    Goodluck

  4. fashionshots
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ratz...so there's no way to do this with WP Multi-user sites or anything? Guess I'll just have to install multiple WP sites. :/ Thanks for the advice!

  5. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Multi-site may well do what you want though whether it's the better solution is a different question - have you looked at this:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

  6. fashionshots
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I did look at the Multi-site thing and tried creating a network. Was able to get through the wp-config.php file set up then, couldn't find the .htaccess file anywhere in my folders...so I have no idea where to go from there. :/

    [EDIT] Just saw that link has some instructions on how to add the code if you don't have a .htaccess file...nevermind! I'll let ya'll know how it works out. Thanks again for the help! :)

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You can create one -- see step 3

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network#Step_4:_Enabling_the_Network

    EDIT - ha, we crossed posts - glad you sorted that step anyway. Also notice that there is a specific forum for multisite, so that might have helpful info for you too. I can move this thread there if you need more help.

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