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[resolved] Want to sell hosting using WP Multisite (8 posts)

  1. Michelle Langston
    Theme Wrangler at Automattic
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm looking to start a WordPress hosting business for a specific genre. I want to use WP Multisite to allow users to have a quick & instant sign-up. However, I'm concerned that all users will be sharing the same database. Wouldn't that database get too large over time? Is there a way to put, say 50 users on one database and then 50 on another? Or will multi-site not be the best solution for my business?

  2. Michelle Langston
    Theme Wrangler at Automattic
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I did a search and found this: http://wpmututorials.com/plugins/shardb/

    Is this what I want to accomplish my goal?

  3. Yep. That scales to multiple dbs for the load.

    just as a tip; there are several niches using this exact same idea with multisite, and doing fairly well.

  4. Michelle Langston
    Theme Wrangler at Automattic
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks Andrea! It's good to know that those sites are doing well. If you don't mind, could you tell me what those sites are (aside from Pagely or Edublogs)? My site will be focused only on a specific niche rather than as a general host. I don't think Pagely is using multi-site though.

  5. Right, Pagely doesn't work by multisite. They do separate WP installs for each client.

    Hmm, not sure if I'm allowed to (former clients, I'd have to ask them. some of them wish to keep it a secret so people don't steal their idea - which isn't a new idea)

  6. Michelle Langston
    Theme Wrangler at Automattic
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Oh that's fine, you don't have to tell me. I understand how people would want to protect their ideas. Is there any benefit over doing multiple installs vs multisite? The idea of having everything centered on one install seems easier to me, when it comes to maintenance.

  7. There's pros & cons to each, you have to decide which is best for you.

    A network only needs to be updated once, and you have global logins.
    you also have shared plugins & themes.

    Multiple installs are more to maintain (unless you're good at server side script writing ;) ), but each one can be drastically different, with more control over what's installed.

  8. Michelle Langston
    Theme Wrangler at Automattic
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yes, I think I'll stick to the multisite idea for now. Thanks for all your help and insights. :)

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