And to get on-topic, I purchased WP Elite, because I have quite a number of blogs to manage. I soon requested a refund, because it seems that if you set a blog up right in the first place, WP Elite isn't going to have much to do.
Thanks for that--you're saying that WP elite only sets up the blogs, it won't help you manage them all from a single admin? What I want is to be able to go from site to site adding posts and moderating comments without having to re-type in the urls and wait for the thing to load etc. If WP Elite doesn't do that, I don't think I've understood it very well.
I know with postie you can add posts via email but I want to check them when they go live anyway.
Finally to go off-topic again. I would to be able to customize my installs much than I am now. I would like all of my options already selected in the files I upload. I searched the forums, but was not able to find any help for this.
I would be very interested in this, too. What I have done on a couple occassions is just to "move" the original site. That is, I created a blank Mysql database for the new site, then inserted the tables from the old installation, and ftp'd the theme and plugins. Everything will be exactly like your old site.
One problem is that you will also be porting over all your posts, pages and comments. You can edit this stuff in the mysql file. However, in practice, directly editing a mysql file is treacherous. It is very simple in principle to edit a mysql file, but the devil is in the details--remove a single character that you shouldn't and hte db won't work and the error messages won't be too helpful.
Other big problem is that it turns into a huge headache if there is any server incongruity whatsoever between the old and new installations' servers (and if you are doing all these sites for SEO you're probably using different hosts for most of them). Worse, the servers can be running the same version of Apache and still these little problems crop up. It can be an issue of server permissions, for instance--once, when I chmod'ed a directory to 666, the whole site went blank, some server security thing (I guess) preventing access. In short, it's a headache.
If anyone knows an easier way, or a team of offshore programmers who do this stuff well, please do let us know.
You might think this would be an instance of "WP wasn't intended as a CMS, just a blog, and so you weren't supposed to go around making copies of it." But I have never heard of any CMS, at least an OS one, that makes it all easy to port the installation and make changes to it. If anything, WP is easier on this count since it is so code-light. Of course, I may have missed something, so if anyone knows another CMS that is good for this purpose of creating multiple sites on multiple servers, please do let me know.