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Using WordPress as a CMS for multiple microsites (7 posts)

  1. simoncarr
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hello,

    I am wanting to use WordPress as a CMS for a website that will have about 20 different artists. I am looking for plugins or techniques that will allow me to create multiple artist 'microsites' with one wordpress install...

    Each Artist section will have multiple file types associated with it, that will be displayed on the artist page (PDFs, JPGs etc).

    Here is a summary of how the files will be arranged:

    Artist #1 (www.thesite.com/artist1)
    - bio
    - pdf1
    - pdf2
    - jpg1
    - jpg2

    Artist #2 (www.thesite.com/artist2)
    - bio
    - pdf1
    - pdf2
    - jpg1
    - jpg2

    I have attempted to do this using Flutter. The problem with this solution is that it is very hard to enter multiple PDFs or Images for each artist...

    Is there a better technique for this? Any insight would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

  2. alanchrishughes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Why not just write static html pages for this?

  3. simoncarr
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It needs to be a CMS solution... My client will constantly be uploading new PDFs and images.

  4. alanchrishughes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I don't know if there is a plugin to do this or if you really need to. I think just creating WordPress Pages for each dude would do the trick, and using the permalinks option > Check "Custom Structure" and type /%postname%/. So if you title the post/page the dudes name, that should make the url of the page yoursite.com/dudesname. They could just edit the page each time they needed something new.

  5. Gabe Young
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    As alanchrishughes said, just one artist per page works just fine. This is assuming that each microsite is going to have the same theme.

  6. blitz999
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You can use page templates to change the look of each artist page. This a bit of an inelegant process, but assuming each artists is fairly 'static' - that it will remain in your site for a long time, it is a robust option.

    I am working on a similar thing, but using individual widgets for each artists. There is starting to be a need for better widget management with this kind of project as it pushes the limits of the way WP works as a full CMS right now.

    For example, if I have 'About' text for each artist showing in a widget, and have 20 artists, that's 20 widgets in the Appearances/Widgets page - very hard to manage!

    But back to you, page templates are the way to go for theming each artist.

  7. stavmathias
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Wow, seems like wer'e working on something very similar: proomoo.

    For now I'm using PageLime to let the bands edit the pages themselves. I'm not using wordpress for it now, but I wan't to use wordpress mu (multi user) to let whoever sign up to make their own proomoo page and replace the standard wpmu dashboard with something like PageLime's wysiwyg cms.

    I started my own thread earlier to day/night (It's 06:08AM here): my own thread

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