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Two domains, one site - with only slight differences (7 posts)

  1. trmash
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    Like many people, I'm new to multisite and trying to get my head around the whole thing. Hoping you can shed some light on whether it is what I need to achieve the following.

    I have two domains that will use the same posts/content/everything: 'mainsite' and 'secondarysite'.

    All I need 'secondarysite' to do is load 'mainsite' but display a different header.php - at the very least, a different logo - and possibly a different index.php (but this is not essential).

    Preferably the end user will only see 'secondarysite' in the URL bar, with little or no reference to 'mainsite' throughout their browsing. Vice versa for visitors to 'mainsite'.

    Is this something which multisite could be used for? Or can you recommend a better way?

    Much appreciated.

  2. I have two domains that will use the same posts/content/everything: 'mainsite' and 'secondarysite'.

    You're going to dilute your SEO by doing that. Why would you want to duplicate all your data twice, with just a header change?

  3. trmash
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for the reply, Ipstenu.

    Sorry, I realised my initial message wasn't clear. I don't want to duplicate the data onto another site, I just want to brand the 'secondarysite' differently.

    To clarify, it's for an online magazine that covers two different regions - hence the different domain names. All the magazine articles are the same, but ideally people who access the website by typing in the 'secondarysite' URL would see the 'secondarysite' logo, not the 'mainsite' logo - although they'll be viewing the same website.

    The index.php change would also enable the front page to be customised for the people visiting from 'secondarysite', with any featured articles tailored towards them.

  4. If all the articles are the same on both sites, then you are duplicating data on the two sites.

    Better would be to use WordPress MultiSite and make three sites.

    Site #1: Your main site, collects ALL articles from both regions but, via a plugin like WPMU Sitewide Tags, only shows excerpts with links back to the individual site.

    Site #2: One Region

    Site #3: Second Region

    That would drop the SEO duplication issue, keep the regional data separate, AND still give you a main site to be the big daddy with all your posts.

  5. trmash
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for your help, it's much appreciated. As mentioned in my first post, I'm still trying to get my head around the whole thing.

    The idea of having to set up three sites (within multisite) just to ensure a redirected URL displays a different header throughout the site is adding to my confusion.

    The regional data/posts themselves do not have to be separated, I just want visitors from the second region to feel 'at home' on the site rather than simply being redirected to the main site and its branding.

    Sorry if it seems like I'm just refusing to listen, I just want to make sure we're on the same page and I'm feeling a bit out of my depth with multisite.

  6. The regional data/posts themselves do not have to be separated, I just want visitors from the second region to feel 'at home' on the site rather than simply being redirected to the main site and its branding.

    I understand that. What I'm telling you is that's a bad idea. :) It will HURT your search engine ratings. You never want to do 100% duplication of content between sites. It doesn't help make people feel 'at home', it makes more work for you, and it hurts your ranking.

    You certainly can use MultiSite to just do a full site duplication, with just different headers. You get a plugin to cross post all your articles from Site A to Site B and map domains (also using a plugin to make that easier).

    But think long and hard about what I said before you do it :) You are going to duplicate data doing it that way, and that is always a bad idea.

  7. fanaticjim
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I just read an article within the last week about duplicate information on websites. Google is stepping up their efforts to find sites that are duplicating information and back links.

    An example: I own a fantasy football website and I post weekly articles about NFL players. I also own a blog site that posts information about NFL players both in post form (daily) and page form (daily and weekly).

    If I post the same information on both sites Google will reduce my SEO score, sending my sites to where ever it is that people never see them :o)

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