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Custom URLs (15 posts)

  1. woolfcom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I wonder if anyone knows how I might divide up my site so that my users have their own Custom URLs for all their Blog contributions?

    For example:

    http://mikesstuff.somesite.com

    or

    http://www.somesite.com/Mikesstuff

    I am tearing whats left of my hair out

  2. You can have subdomains (http://mikesstuff.somesite.com) OR subfolders (http://www.somesite.com/Mikesstuff) but not both.

    Either way, those are the default options for WordPress Multisite. Turn it on and it lets you pick one or the other.

    Subfolders are 'best' for the 'same' site. Google treats subdomains as separate sites.

  3. woolfcom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Great. Foow-up questions:

    How do I turn on WordPress Multisite?

    Specifically, I need to enable my "Category" sections to essentially become the sub-domains/subfolders.

    Thus each main category will become an sub section of the main domain accordingly thus:

    (http://uk.somesite.com) or (http://trinidad.somesite.com)....so it is ideal that each subdomain be treated as separate entities!

    Why are sub-folders 'best' over sub-domains [SEO purposes]?

    Do I have to set up seperate files for this or a separate index page [per sub-domain] or can I aggregate Categories to make the content on the sub-domains?

  4. Like I said:

    Subfolders are 'best' for the 'same' site. Google treats subdomains as separate sites.

    See also:
    http://www.searchenginejournal.com/subdomains-or-subfolders-which-are-better-for-seo/6849/

    It's not that subdomains hurt your SEO, it's that subfolders help more.

    Also, be careful how you use the term category here :) Categories are a built in feature to WordPress, so you'll muddy the waters if you use it in a different way :)

    You're thinking of making a network of sites, with each site representing a location. Within each site you can have categories and tags.

  5. spstieng
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I suggest you take a look at the many similar requests at this forum.

    Here for example: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/need-help-with-domain-mapping?replies=2

  6. woolfcom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well I can see how one element of the logic of my question is anwered in this forum.

    But frankly it does not really deal with my specific queries above.

  7. Note there is a sticky in this section of the forums.

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/welcome-to-the-multisite-forum

    It contains a LOT of important information.

    How do I turn on WordPress Multisite?

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

    Specifically, I need to enable my "Category" sections to essentially become the sub-domains/subfolders.

    Thus each main category will become an sub section of the main domain accordingly thus:

    (http://uk.somesite.com) or (http://trinidad.somesite.com)....so it is ideal that each subdomain be treated as separate entities!

    When you use multisite, you are setting up your own personal version of wordpress.COM where you run the show.

    Why are sub-folders 'best' over sub-domains [SEO purposes]?

    One is not "better" than the other just different. Subfolders are good if you want the main domain to have the PR authority.

    Subdomains are "better" if you want them to be seen as separate sites. Which you just said you did.

    Do I have to set up seperate files for this or a separate index page [per sub-domain] or can I aggregate Categories to make the content on the sub-domains?

    As noted in the stick, all blogs are virtual. you do not need to set up folders or other files, but you *do* need to do your homework and learn about the server.

    Ultimately, you're the one who has to decide if this is how you want to manage your content. Each subdomain will have to be visited to post content to that section.

    unless you use plugins to push or pull the content around the site...

  8. woolfcom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Appreciate the time and effort.

    My overall objective is to enable a given user his own space [and no not like Buddypress which for our purposes, is too involved]

    Thus and using you as an example; all of your posts will automatically become aggregated in a section/sub-folder of the main URL like so:

    http://www.somesite.com/Andrea_r's-Stuff

    or perhaps for me -

    http://www.somesite.com/Woolfman's-Stuff

    I know these are called 'custom URLs' [as twitter uses]

    The quess remains of the best method for allowing my users this sort and this precisely what I am attempting to achieve and set up, in the simplest order.

    In considering the sub-domain route, there seems to many added complications [though this is perhaps a reflection on my lack of experience].

  9. Subfolders are easier to set up, yeah, but Subdomains are more ... personal. Livejournal uses them, for example.

  10. Then you want to set up subfolder blogs.

  11. woolfcom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Having burnt my candle from the middle outwards on this - I have reached that conclusion also.

    OK - are there ready-to-wear plugins which might simply help me to achieve this?

    And before I get lambasted by the supernerds for wanting things easy, I am essentially a content manager and not an software engineer like many of you

    I enjoy getting to the results quicker than the drinking in the view on the way.

    Custom URL's search perhaps? Post Aggregation?

    How will users content be recognised and collectivised?

  12. OK - are there ready-to-wear plugins which might simply help me to achieve this?

    Achieve which? No, seriously. BOTH subdomains and subfolders are built in to WordPress as it stands. Subdomains requires extra steps with DNS stuff, Subfolders does not. If you want Subdomains, you're going to have to learn the DNS stuff.

  13. And before I get lambasted by the supernerds for wanting things easy, I am essentially a content manager and not an software engineer like many of you

    And I'm a housewife. ;)

    Install WordPress.
    Set up the network.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
    Pick subfolders.
    Install this plugin to aggregate the content to the main page.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/
    Presto, done.

    You're approaching it as if it's a super-hard technical issue - it's not.

    Handy ebook with pictures:
    http://wpebooks.com/2010/09/how-to-enable-multisite-in-wordpress/

  14. woolfcom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    But does http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/ allow for the aggregation of "users" content?

    OK I'm on it. I shall report back on my adventures with the Network set up.

    I have another query for you and I looking to set up a customised post structure for my Books ratings site:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-advanced-custom-field-widget-over-complex-and-very-difficult-to-use?replies=5#post-1726664

  15. But does http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/ allow for the aggregation of "users" content?

    Yes. See http://homeschooljournal.net for a live actual working example. I use subdomains, so don't let that part throw you off. ;)

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