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WPMU vs. multiple installs? (5 posts)

  1. antigone7
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I can host more domains on my main site hosting account, and would like to set up several sites for family members using WordPress, for use as CMS and for their blogs.

    I have read in the forums that for a couple of sites, it's easier to have separate WP installs rather than use WPMU. How many WP sites would you run before deciding to use WPMU? A normal WP install is very easy for me; it seems that MU has more issues right now.

  2. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    it's easier to have separate WP installs rather than use WPMU.

    that is generally true

    How many WP sites would you run before deciding to use WPMU? A normal WP install is very easy for me; it seems that MU has more issues right now.

    There is a more than small learning curve in mastering managing a multi-site installation. Since you say normal WP installs are very easy, if you are less than the range of 4 to 6 installations I'd suggest you are best off sticking with separate installs. Unless of course you really want to learn to manage a multisite installation, in which case 4 to 6 is at the low end of what justifies a multi site install. But there are still a fair amount of time savings, over time, upgrading core and plugins once per upgrade rather than 4 to 6 times.

    A lot of it comes down to whether you see installing multisite as an experience you want, or a pain. If you want to do it, go for it. If you don't, the single installs, at the range of 4 to 6, are quite manageable.

  3. iitwebmaster
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ah, wish me luck I'm about to launch the MU for our researchers... if they all take up the offer of having their own WP we will be looking at around 1000 sites. I have found the learning curve quite small, a few things aren't plainly obvious and you have to look for the reasons why. like post by email, is not supported on the MU but it took me a few hours to find that out. I also found it strange that i couldn't copy a site. I've created a dummy site from which all users will start from. I had to buy the replicator plugin to get that functionality.
    All in all testing has gone fine but still quite nervous about sending the email to everyone!

  4. How many WP sites would you run before deciding to use WPMU?

    More than half a dozen.

    With a network, it *is* easier, but there's also a learning curve. you;re basically setting up your own personal version of wordpress.com

    Also - references to wpmu will be assumed to be the "old" version. ;) It's called a network post-3.0.

  5. antigone7
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you so much for the help. And the 4-6 installs is more installs than I thought. I'll save the MU for a bit later then. :-)

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