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Is moving independent WP installations to one WP Multi, possible? (6 posts)

  1. iceq
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi. Currently I have 4 WP independent installations, each on a subdomain, each in a separate folder.
    Many plugins on each are similar with the plugins in the others. This is taking lots of file count (and space).
    So I am considering to move them all into one Multi network, and that way they will share the same plugins.

    How good does that sound?
    Will I be able to configure different settings for X plugin for the different blogs?
    For instance, I use W3 Tota Cache, and its Minify component. Will I be able to set different minify settings for each of the blogs in the multi network later?
    Will this affect their ranking? is it better to have them on folders or subdomains? will I be able to keep them on the same current subdomains? How?

    Any tips and advice is really appreciated.

  2. Yes, you can do all that :)

    It'll be a little tricky to move them and keep the same subdomains, btu you can totally do it.

    First you would need to install WordPress in the root level of your site (i.e. NOT in a subdomain folder, but one level up).

    Then you would create sites (as subdomains) for each of your subdomain sites. This is a weird bit, but since you already have subdomains, you want to use something like subdomain-temp or such to avoid conflicts. Run the WP exporter and import your posts. Install plugins, themes, etc as you normally would. Then you rename the current subdomain folders, and change the subdomains to 'wildcard' (which will let *.domain.com point to domain.com) and rename the sites inside WP to the right name.

    You may also need to search/replace posts for subdomain-temp to subdomain to fix any internal links, but that should be it.

  3. iceq
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    well that does not sound anything simple. If you were me, would you do it? In terms of performance and SEO ranking, should I do it or not, noting that they are completely independent, un-related blogs, but they share many similar plugins and settings..

    Tnank you for the detailed answer.. really appreciate it.

  4. I would do it if I were planning on having more blogs in the future.

  5. I would (and have) done it. It's simple compared to a lot of other things ;)

    Perhaps, though, I should say it's reasonable straightforward.

  6. iceq
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I will certainly take it into consideration. Thank you Andrea and Ipstenu.

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