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Listing all posts in the parent domain (5 posts)

  1. WpJoe
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Let's say that I had a web with two categories;

    MainWeb .com
    * Category 1
    * Category 2

    The loop in my index.php is showing all posts of category 1 and 2.

    I install Minimu and I split my mainweb in three webs. Category 1 is now my second domain and category 2 is my third domain;

    MainWeb .com
    2ndDomain .com ->(category 1)
    3rdDomain .com ->(category 2)

    I keep the same theme for all domains and now the loop in my index.php shows all posts for category 1 whenever I browse 2ndDomain .com and all posts for category 2 whenever I browse 3rdDomain .com

    Is there anyway I can still list all posts of category 1 and 2 in my MainWeb .com with the loop?

    MainWeb .com
    * category 1-> post links redirected to 2ndDomain .com
    * category 2-> post links redirected to 3rdDomain .com

    I want to keep may main web acting as CMS of the rest of domains so I don't lose any traffic.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/minimu/

  2. shelkie
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sure, each domain can have more than one category, so just create another category, assign all posts to it, and then assign it to each domain.

  3. WpJoe
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for your answer Shelkie;

    The problem whenever you assign the same post to two or more domains is that it is not good for SEO. Google will penalize both domains for duplicate content.

    When I do so with MiniMu, permalinks of posts that are listed in the parent web and belongs to category 1 or category 2, still point to parent web domain;

    MainWeb .com/my-post

    For avoiding SEO problems, permalinks of posts listed on the parent web, MainWeb .com, must point to the 2nd or 3rd Domain;

    MainWeb .com
    2ndDomain .com/my-post

    BTW, since I'm going to be working with your plugin for a while, I can comment all issues I find. So far, I have noticed something weird with sub-categories.

    When I splitted my web like this;

    MainWeb .com
    2ndDomain .com ->(category 1)
    3rdDomain .com ->(category 2)

    ...I sub-divided each category in sub-categories;

    MainWeb .com
    2ndDomain .com ->(category 1)
    - sub-category 1
    - sub-category 2
    3rdDomain .com ->(category 2)
    - sub-category 1
    - sub-category 2

    Well, links to each sub-category end up being like this;

    2ndDomain .com/category/category 1/sub-category 1

    This looks weird. Since categories are working as independent domains, sub-categories would look better like this;

    2ndDomain .com/category/sub-category 1

    or even better with a no category base;

    2ndDomain .com/sub-category 1

  4. shelkie
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    The duplicate content / SEO issue is tricky one. The point of sharing a category between domains is to allow you to have content appear on more than one domain. Obviously, this results in duplicate content that search engines will pick up on.

    I thought of adding an option that allows you to choose between mirroring of the original content, or redirecting to the location. Or possibly adding rules to robots.txt to exclude the duplicate content.

    I agree with your suggestion regarding category URLs. Ideally, we'd be able to remove the category portion of the URL if we're already using a unique domain to achieve this effect. I'll see if this is possible.

    Feel free to sends suggestions for the plugin. Can't guarantee when/if I'll be able to incorporate them, but I'll do what I can.

    Cheers,
    Eric.

  5. WpJoe
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    For SEO, I think redirecting would be perfect. While searching for a solution I came across this line for the htaccess file;

    RedirectMatch 301 ^/category/category1/?(.*)$ http://2ndDomain.com/category/category1/$1

    It should redirect categories from the parent domain to the second domain

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