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[resolved] Multiple WP Installations vs WP Multisite for 4 domains (10 posts)

  1. andygwp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    I am new to WordPress and I am just about to logon to my new ISP's server for the first time (exciting!). I have 4 domain names and I plan to create 4 totally separate websites on my server (one for each domain name). I have been reading up on WP Multisite for the last few days and was considering configuring things this way. However, I just had a call from the (very helpful and knowledgable) support person who is setting my server up and he strongly recommended just installing WordPress four times on the server and keeping everything totally separate for each site (i.e. one separate WP installation and one separate database for each site). I can see significant benefits in doing it this way and was just wondering if any of you good WP peeople could advise on the best route to go?

    Many thanks in advance,
    Andy

  2. If you have no experience with WordPRess, go for separate sites.

    Multisite for just 4 sites for a newbie is overkill. Like a Bugatti for a new driver. ;)

  3. andygwp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Andrea - so I take it there is no technical reason why I can't install WP four times in four separate folders on my web server? i.e. there won't be any interference between them?
    Thanks again, Andy

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I run about 5 installs on one server with no interference & no problems.

  5. andygwp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks esmi - that sounds like what I want to do :-) Does that mean when I have them all installed I will see 4 separate mysql databases inside phpMyAdmin? Or should I be running 4 separate mysql servers?
    If it is 4 databases inside the one mysql server, what do I need to do to tell WordPress the name of the database during installation?

    Thanks again - sorry these questions might be a bit basic but I literally just logged into phpMyAdmin for the first time today!

    Many Thanks,
    Andy

  6. I have 4 separate installs on one server. Two are multisite :) They all have their own domains. Everyone's happy.

  7. andygwp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Ipstenu - so just to clarify does that mean you have multiple databases in the one mysql server? And how do you tell WP what to call the database at install time?

  8. you have multiple databases in the one mysql server?

    Yes.

    how do you tell WP what to call the database at install time?

    Same way you always do. When it asks what my DB name is, I tell it ipstenu_dbname :)

  9. Your web host can help you install WordPress as well.

    Basically you make a new database for each installation. They can help you with that, and there is probably a section for it in whatever control panel your webhost has available for you to use.

  10. andygwp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks to all for the very helpful feedback - all sorted now :-)

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