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[closed] One set of content, multiple domain names, different themes on each? (21 posts)

  1. mbannen@topminds.com
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Trying to accomplish the following. Any help / advice is greatly appreciated.

    1) I have multiple domain names (e.g., site1.com, site2.com, site3.com).
    2) I need each domain to display the same content BUT
    3) show a different wordpress theme.

    I know all things are possible....what are my options for accomplishing this?

    Thanks very much.

  2. jonlink
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I don't know multisite well enough yet, but doing it without multisite is easy. The problem is you lose the convenience of one update.

    Without multisite you would just set up three separate WordPress configs and then point of them at the same database.

    There must be a way to do this same thing with multisite.

  3. WPtesting
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  4. There is, but doing this will dilute your brand and tank your search results in Google.

    I do understand why it seems like a good idea, it's not. You really don't want multiple domains serving the same content. You want multiple domains to map to the same REAL domain, but don't use them all at once.

  5. mbannen@topminds.com
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I understand why others might want to do this, but I don't care at all about Google. We have different URLS for different countries to make it easier on our users. We don't get most of our traffic via Google.

    We also currently have different styles for different countries while presenting the same content, which is what I"m trying to replicate in WordPress.

  6. Replace 'google' with 'Search engine' and you should care.

    We have different URLS for different countries to make it easier on our users.

    And how would that make it easier? If all your URLs pull the same data, then use one URL and park the rest of the domains so they all re-direct. Thats how the big boys do it.

    Only reason for multiple domains with the 'same' content is if you're doing multiple languages, and then the data isn't the same as it's been translated.

  7. xrun
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'll chime in here as I'm looking to do the same thing. The need in my case is to display the same content in all the scandinavian countries, but having the theme (and thus complete interface) in their own languages. We have .no .se .dk domains allready registered, and for now they all point to our .com domain where the main installation and database is hosted.

    So if there's a better way to show visitors on the .se domain the swedish translation of the theme, and the visitors on the .dk domain the danish translation of the theme, then that'd be interesting. All the contents (blog posts) needs to be available on all our domains for this setup.

  8. WereAllThieves
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've been looking into this as well.

    The reason I am looking to share content across domains is slightly different - I am building a database of business listings for a particular geographic area. The company has several different websites that have completely different themes and marketing focuses, but these sites have a need to share the business listing information without having to re-enter it more than once.

    I have found this plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multipost-mu/

    It seems to be able to make posts across a network of sites, which may end up working, but I'm not completely sure at the moment.

    Does anyone know of a CMS that is better suited to sharing databases across multiple domains? I realize WordPress may not be the best answer.

  9. xrun
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    As this issue is a very current one for me, I'd like to ask if anyone have tried sharing database between domains. How would this be handled, would it be safe to install WordPress in this way?

    For example, if there are blogs like this:
    tomsblog.domain.no (Norwegian user - Norwegian WP and theme translation)
    tomsblog.domain.se (Swedish user - Swedish WP and theme translation)
    tomsblog.domain.dk (Danish user - Danish WP and theme translation)

    Would these be handled correctly as three separate blogs by WordPress in a single database for all three domains, each with their own posts not interfering with eachother?

  10. Yes.

  11. xrun
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ah, Andrea to the rescue. Thank you. :)
    I take it there are other ways to get a similar result though. Would you go for the solution outlined in my previous post? I'll need to have the contents posted in the other countries available for all three.
    Just double checking before I dig into this.

  12. Points of clarification since you guys seem to miss it.

    If you want to 100% duplicate the SAME CONTENT with ZERO changes between them, no matter WHAT you use, it's a bad idea. Don't do it.

    If you want to duplicate content in multiple LANGUAGES or with customization for locations, that's different and it's fine, and yes, Multisite is great for that.

    What I'm saying is that, in general, duplicating content does the following:

    1) It dilutes your brand - People have TOO MANY places to go to find you.
    2) It dilutes your SEO rank - Search engines have too many places to find you.

    All that goes out the door, though, if you want multiple languages. THAT is a GREAT reason to do it :) And you DO NOT lose SEO.

  13. xrun
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I agree, if the contents is to be shared between different sites with different brands and userbase and/or customers.
    In my case, it would seem like duplicated content on different domains. The content has not been duplicated though, it's the same and stored at the same place in the same database. One content available through 3 different domains.
    These domains will share the same brand, the only difference between the domains is the language of the wording in the dashboard and in the theme.
    I hope we're on the same page here, I just need to be sure this is the way to go in my case and it seems like we concurr.

  14. xrun - You're saying it 'wrong'.

    You ARE duplicating content, but each site will have it's own front end language.

    So domain1.com is english for all visitors

    domain2.com is french for all visitors

    etc etc.

    THAT is fine :)

  15. xrun
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If I'm not mistaken, it's the same content read out at different locations. This is rather important, otherwise a post written on the .se domain, and then viewed and commented through the .no domain, would not have the comment when the post is viewed back at the .se domain. That would be a serious problem.

  16. xrun - If it's different languages on the front end (i.e. what I, the visitor see at your site) then it's okay.

  17. xrun
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I need to get some clarity about the installation process in a setup such as this. We already have wordpress set up at one of the domains, and we have the two other domains ready but they don't contain files from wordpress just yet.
    Do we upload wordpress to the second and third domain and run through the installation script, or do we just copy the files from the first domain over to the second and third domains?
    If I were to hazard a guess, I'd think we should run through the wordpress installation script on those domains as well, using the same prefixes, but I could be wrong. Can anyone confirm this?

    The point is to make sure all content from each domain is available on all three domains, including subsequent comments and edits of posts and pages. Meaning that when we use a sitewide latest posts or sitewide latest comments plugin, they'll see everything and offer a link to the posts or comments on the domain where they were originally posted and so on. Also to have for example a blog called toms.domain.no for Norway be a different blog than toms.domain.se for Sweden.

    I'm asking because I'm not entirely sure about the process of adding wordpress to the second and third domains and have them working together like this, allthough I'm clear about entering database information during the WP setup process.

  18. xrun - You're now off the topic a little and should REALLY make your own :)

    Quick answer.

    1) Install WordPress.
    2) ACTIVATE MULTISITE
    3) Add your sites and plugins.

    No extra installs of WP needed.

  19. xrun
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  20. androidorgin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    First upon, sorry to extending this discussion after 9 months.
    I have in similar requirement, as discussed above.
    We have clients at UK, USA, INDIA and UAE. Our basic aim is to serve the same contents (in English language only) to all the clients, without changing a single word. For this we will have 4 different domains. Only the difference will be in these 4 websites is THEME. We will be providing themes, based on country and their local culture.
    So please suggest me, how we can achieve the same?
    Also we are not worrying about Search Engines, since this is our internal project and we are not going to expose it out side. This will be accessed only from site to site VPN.

  21. First upon, sorry to extending this discussion after 9 months.

    I'm glad you're sorry, but you really should create your own topic with your own details.

    http://wordpress.org/support/forum/multisite#postform

    In 9 months the software has changed and if you can start your own topic you'll be in a better place to get support.

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