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One WordPress Install. Multiple Sites. How best to set it up? (5 posts)

  1. wrafter
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    I have five sites a.com, b.com, c.com, d.com and e.com.

    I have one install of wordpress on x.com

    I have five categories on x.com set-up for each of the five sites a, b, c, d, e.

    On the five sites I've set-up five URLs of a.com/blog, b.com/blog, c.com/blog, d.com/blog and e.com/blog.

    I have an iframe running on each of the five URLs and in each case the iframe displays the relevant category.

    So, on a.com/blog the iframe shows the content of the category 'a' which is in fact really content from x.com/a

    If someone does a Google search and is directed to my site, the URL displayed/returned is x.com/a/slug-name-etc rather than a.com/blog/slug-name-etc or a.com/blog/a/slug-name-etc

    I understand why. Using an iframe wasn't the cleverest idea.

    How do I run one install of wordpress on x.com but publish blogposts on a.com which Google will pick-up as being native to a.com rather than coming from x.com?

    [The reason I want one install is that sometimes blogposts are suitable for publication on both a.com and b.com, so I want it to be as easy to do that as possible.]

  2. How do I run one install of wordpress on x.com but publish blogposts on a.com which Google will pick-up as being native to a.com rather than coming from x.com?

    Use Multisite.

    Make four sub-sites (a being the main site, b, c, d and e).

    Map domains to b, c, d and e.

    Post on each site.

  3. wrafter
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Ipstenu - thank you for your kind and considered response. Returning to this now, I find myself still confused. When you say "Make four sub-sites", can you give examples of the structure of the URL(s) in this case.

    Please note, I am interested in producing five sites, namely blog.a.com and blog.b.com and blog.c.com and blog.d.com and blog.e.com all running off a single WordPress install (Multisite) at x.com

    What I don't want is a.com/blog/ and b.com/blog/...
    I also don't want x.com/blog1/ and x.com/blog2/
    I also don't want blog1.x.com and blog2.x.com....

    Thanks in advance. Your assistance is much appreciated.

  4. You can get blog.a.com, blog.b.com, blog.c.com, etc. using multisite and the WordPress MU Domain Mapping plugin.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/

    You would still install multisite for domain or sub-directory and create those sites. But you would use the plugin to map those sites to the DNS names you want.

  5. When you say "Make four sub-sites", can you give examples of the structure of the URL(s) in this case.

    Temporarily they'd be

    domain.com/bloga
    domain.com/blogb
    domain.com/blogc

    Then you MAP bloga.com to domain.com/bloga via the plugin Jan mentioned :)

    For example. halfelf.org is actually tech.ipstenu.org, but via the mapping plugin, no one can tell :D

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