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IS MU the right choice? (5 posts)

  1. dpeschio
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I've been working with WP for about 3 years, but never built a MU network. The application I have is an eCommerce site we are developing. The client wants a solution where their affiliates can "open" a store that will allow them to upload their logo, choose a background color, but the navigation and pages, as well as store items will be managed by the super admin (me).

    We'll start with the main site and 5 satellite sites, but the number of sites will grow - it could easily reach into the many 100's.

    Server considerations aside, is MU robust enough to handle this load?
    Is MU the right choice to develop around?
    What pitfalls would you warn me about?

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. WordPress Multisite is what WordPress.com is running, so I think it's robust, and I think it's fine to develop around (I mean, it's JUST WordPress).

    The client wants a solution where their affiliates can "open" a store that will allow them to upload their logo, choose a background color, but the navigation and pages, as well as store items will be managed by the super admin (me).

    That is complicated. At that level of control, you're stripping away their ability to run a site. Plus data is segregated per-site, so you don't get shared DBs for, say, store offerings.

  3. Jesús Franco
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I agree, probably would be easier just letting users create a custom page, and set up the aspect of it (maybe through a form), then you could be able to arrange the content of it.

  4. dpeschio
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for the responses!

    So each site then runs on its own database. That would make it complicated - Jesús, you're suggesting having users create a custom page. Is it possible to then keep their custom styles wrapped around their shopping cart and to keep a unique ID for their cart so that their affiliate accounts could be credited?

  5. Own DB tables. One database.

    Example: site A uses tables wp_posts and site B uses wp_2_posts and so on.

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