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Is Multisite right for a "Portfolio" section? (7 posts)

  1. Tim Moss
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hello

    I'd like to add a Portfolio to my site that people can search through and sort using by tags/categories and want to know if the Multisite facility might be a good way of doing this?

    The idea of having a second blog on the same site sounds right. I'd like to format the posts quite differently (e.g. no date or "posted by", and different tags/categories) but have them both sitting within the same site, same sidebar, header etc.

    Does this sound like the sort of thing that Multisite does? Or, if not, is there another obvious solution?

    Thanks for your time.

    Tim.

    Current Portfolio: http://thenextchallenge.org/portfolio
    New site I'm working on: http://thenextchallenge.info

  2. Josh Leuze
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    No, you don't want to use multisite for that. Multisite is still a lot of extra work to setup and maintain, you don't want to bother with it unless you have many different sites you want to power, or a blog network.

    If it is part of your site, on the same domain, I'd keep it in the same WordPress install. Then you don't have to kill yourself updating two sites and keeping both the themes up-to-date and matching. Not to mention you might want to be able to use the content from one section in the other, like a latest posts widget.

    There are a few ways you could approach this depending on how much you want to customize your theme.

    The most basic way would be to just create a portfolio category, exclude this category from your main blog, and create a custom category or page template to create your portfolio page. This is what I do on my own site.

    The only things to watch out for with this approach is that you will probably want to customize the single post view differently for the blog and portfolio posts.

    The other thing is that all the blog and portfolio posts show up in the main feed. I actually use this feed in some places, but for my blog I have a feed for just that section so that subscribers aren't getting portfolio posts in their feed reader.

    Another option, if you want to completely separate the portfolio, you could create a custom post type. That would be a nice clean beak, but you might have to mess with your theme more to integrate that custom post type. There is also a handy plugin for custom post types.

  3. jlueze has the right answer. :) Multisite is for pretty much completely separate blogs. You can make it *look* the same on the front side, but for just one more blog... there's a whole second backend. It'd be the hammer a mosquito approach.

  4. Josh Leuze
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    This time of the year in Minnesota, hammering mosquitoes would be entirely appropriate!

  5. Tim Moss
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Jleuze, Andrea,

    Thanks for getting back to me. The Custom Post Type looks like it might be the best option for me.

    I'm glad you got in there before I spent ages converting to a multi-site. However, I did start trying to set up a multi-site before I posted here and now none of my posts display! Better start searching the forum...

    Thanks again for the help.

    Tim.

  6. Tim Moss
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    ...and already sorted out the problem with my posts returning 404s.

    This is a great forum!

  7. Josh Leuze
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    No problem Tim, good to hear you got it figured out.

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