Being somewhat new to WordPress, I am hoping to get some advice from everyone. I am starting a multi-blog website and I am looking for the best way to build it. Each blog will have its own editor and needs to have its own custom navigation menu. Eventually, I hope to grow it to 100 blogs or more.
At first I thought WordPress Multisite was the way to go, but I think its too complicated for me at this point, especially if I encounter problems in the future. Instead I decided to do separate installs for each blog in folders.
However, in creating the first blog, I think I underestimated how much work it takes, especially in customizing the various plugins. That got me thinking: If I grow to 100 blogs and an update comes along that stops a plugin from working, I will need to install and customize a new plugin for 100 separate blogs. That could take a lot of time.
So is there an better way to create a multi-blog website. Perhaps I could put all the blogs on one site, with each blog being a separate category. Then I could use Role Scoper to assign an editor to each category. There also seems to be plugins to allow customized navigation but they seem buggy at best. However, another problem is that users can create blog posts. So if a user went to create a blog post and I had 100 blogs, the user would need to look through 100 categories to choose the right one. That does not seem feasible.