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multiple blogs = what ? (10 posts)

  1. Ozh
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Heya peeps
    To be honest, I just can't figure what "multiple blogs" is.
    If Joe and Jim want to post thoughts on the same WP installation, why not have 2 categories, "Joe" and "Jim", and sub-categories in each ?
    Someone explains me what "multiple blogs" is, I dont understand all the fuss about this :)

  2. skippy
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    A lot of people used multiple blogs to provide "secondary" information on their main blog -- think sidebars, linkblogs, guest blogs, reading lists, etc etc. Stuff that isn't static, but also stuff that doesn't get updated as regularly as -- or perhaps doesn't "fit" with -- the main blog content.

  3. charle97
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    ihad's notion of multi-blogs is incorrect. skippy has the right idea.
    use mt and then you'll know what multi-blogs is all about.

  4. JimKerr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I assumed multiple blogs as in "individual unique blogs all run from a single wp install."
    I'm hosting a number of blogs and have simply installed WP once for each blog and created a new Mysql database for each.. I thought that in the future, multiple blogs meant that WP would support a central blog install directory, which individual blogs would be able to tie into via config files. (Like how AW stats handles multiple web sites from a single install).
    Not sure if I'm describing this correctly, but I don't much care...I'm happy with how it is currently. A WordPress install takes all of 2 minutes anyway. So unless server space is a factor, I don't think that things are fine.

  5. ihad
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I would rather argue that there are simply different "notions" of what Multiple Blogs are, instead of speaking about correct/incorrect.
    skippy's MP notion indicate the same "owner" deploying a number of blogs for different purposes/content
    jim's notion indicates "hosting" blogs for e.g. community members, so skippy's notion of mps does not fit in here.

  6. skippy
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    charle97 has it almost exactly correct. It's not just that people want content logically seperated in storage but displayed on the same page (sidebars, guest blogs etc); they want that and they want to be able to manage both sets of posts from a single administrative login.
    Yes, using multiple installations of WordPress it's possible to have multiple blogs; but management is more cumebrsome due to seperate logins (sure, you can use the same password for both WP installs, but if you ever clear your cookies -- or use a different computer -- you need to log in again to both sites). Moreover, the use of seperate logical blogs for creating a single output means that authors can be logically restricted from fiddling with one another's content. A sidebar guest blogger would not have the keys to the kingdom for the main blog content.
    WordPress's original limitation was the use of a single loop to fetch, prepare and display posts. The new implementation of multiple loops solves one of the problems that multiple blogs handles: namely targetting specific sets of data for output in a specific place (sidebar, sticky posts, etc). Robust author permissions and permission delegation is the next issue that needs to be addressed.

  7. Ozh
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Ok, so if I understand things, current version of WP with sub-categories is fine for multi-blogging needs : under one category "Main" could be nested your regular blog categories, another top-level category "Music" or "Reading" could gather your current readings and listenings, and so on... No ? :)

  8. nefarious
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Butting in here.... No, it is a pain in the ass either way with WP right now. I eaither A) have to doa seperate installation of WP which means I no longer share account information or B) Use categories / subcategories but the look/feel is exactly the same. Yes, there are hackish ways to get around both/either problems.
    Basically MT (which I use as a reference since I ran it for about a year) allowed as many blogs as you wanted all visible from within a unified control panel. They all shared a user database which allowed assignment of users to specific tasks.. add categories, add users, edit posts, add posts, delete posts etc. Very flexible. I'm not even sure what the 0-9 of WP user levels means.

  9. prara
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    This is WP's roadmap specifically about the multiple-blogging issue. Pretty interesting read:
    http://wordpress.org/development/archives/2004/05/28/the-road-ahead/

  10. Kerim
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    What Skippy said!!! "charle97 has it almost exactly correct. It's not just that people want content logically seperated in storage but displayed on the same page (sidebars, guest blogs etc); they want that and they want to be able to manage both sets of posts from a single administrative login." Couldn't make the issue clearer.

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