I’m new to WordPress and trying to figure out the best way to accomplish the following scenario: conceptually I want to have one theme applied to my main site then different themes for sub-sections of my site. Specifically I want one theme for the main “corporate” section of our site, then have different sub-sections for events that we host – each event needs a separate theme, and will often look significantly different from the main site. A specific event consists of multiple pages, and all pages for a given event will follow the same theme. For example:
- home [main theme]
- events [main theme]
- event 1 [event 1 theme]
- home for event 1 [event 1 theme]
- info page [event 1 theme]
- another info page [event 1 theme]
- event 2 [event 2 theme]
- home for event 2 [event 2 theme]
- etc... [event 2 theme]
- about [main theme]
- contact us [main theme]
I have done a bit of research into this and I’ve found Page Templates as well as the new multi-user features of WordPress 3.0. I think these can be used to achieve what I’m trying to do, but I’m not sure which is the best way to go.
From my research, Page Templates look like they could do the job, however they seem a little convoluted and not as widely used as Themes. When I want a new theme for a subsection of my site (using the term “theme” conceptually here) it’s easy to find existing WordPress Themes and modify them for my needs, however, libraries of Page Templates for different looks and feels do not exist, therefore more custom work required.
On the flip side, a multiple user installation of WordPress can easily accommodate different WordPress Themes and they are obviously plentiful. However, after installing a test setup I found out that search didn’t work across the subsites and the main site – which doesn’t work for my scenario, I need search to work across my entire site and well as subsections/subsites (conceptual).
I’m looking for some advice on how best to achieve my scenario from some folks who really understand WordPress. Other options that I haven’t considered are also very welcome.
Thanks in advance for your help.