Just some brief background info. I'm completely new to WordPress and this whole self-hosted blog thing. I've never had a domain name or a web host before. I'm not completely ignorant technology wise, I'm good at maintaining my computer. I've just never done anything on the web before.
What I want to do is set up multiple blogs using WordPress. After doing some searching I'm thoroughly confused as to how to approach this. Initially I was planning on just using Fantastico to do an install, but it sounds like a lot of people find that problematic and not robust enough to handle customizations that you may want to do in the installation process. It definitely doesn't sound like the way to do this if you're going the multiple blog route.
First off, single or multiple database setups? What are the recommendations here? Why would I want either option? What are the benefits? Most of what I'm reading sounds like single is the way to go for upkeep purposes. If so, what's the big benefit to having multiples? Also, I came across someone mentioning memory concerns having one or the other - anyone know the benefits there? Will your host get bogged down with one option versus the other? I hope you understand what I'm getting at here, because frankly I don't fully and I'm doing my best to explain what jumped out of me during my search.
Secondly, what's the best method for doing all of this? WordPress has its own, but it seems like very few people are using this method. I've come across lots of alternatives. One here from Striderweb sounds pretty good. What do you guys think is the best way to tackle this with the easiest maintenance in the future (also preferably something that an average tech-savy newbie can take to easily)? Why do you feel it's the best?
I'm just trying to evaluate the best way to go about this from the get go. I just signed up with the host yesterday. I haven't even downloaded WordPress yet. I want to get this right from the start, so I figured I'd see what others recommend before just essentially getting out a dartboard.
Thanks so much for any help you guys can give!!!