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[resolved] Advice? Multiple Blogs on a Website (10 posts)

  1. York
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Greetings all. I'm brand-new to WordPress, so I'd like to get your advice on the best method to integrate it into my site.

    I'd like my index/homepage to be a blog, but I'd also like to have a secondary tier of 6 blogs (learn, look, play, read, share, and shop), and even a few tertiary blogs, in addition to a number of non-blog pages.

    I'd like maximum capabilites (such as a single search for all blogs) with minimum complexity (ideally, a single administrative interface for publishing content to all those blogs.)

    So, the question for you experienced Pressers is: what's the best method to achieve my goal? Thanks in advance.

  2. Trent Adams
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I would maybe check out the multiple user version of wordpress, wordpressMU for starters.

    http://mu.wordpress.org

    That might be more of a solution for you as it can handle multiple blogs. There are hacks to get wordpress to do somewhat of the same, but that is the most efficient.

    Trent

  3. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I, personally, would lean towards doing as much of that with categories. WP has category views built-in. That would give you the ability to search across all (which MU won't).

  4. Trent Adams
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    That is true Handy and be the best solution if the content doesn't have to be separated. I never really thought in terms of the easy solution. lol

    Trent

  5. deko
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Running multiple blogs on one site is easy if you can learn some htaccess rewrites.

    For example:

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.site1\.net$ [NC,OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^site1\.net$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/site1/.*$
    RewriteRule ^(.*)? /site1/$1 [L]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.site2\.com$ [NC,OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^site2\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/site2/.*$
    RewriteRule ^(.*)? /site2/$1 [L]

    As for how to set up WordPress to take advantage of this, see http://www.clearpointsystems.com/ewpi.php

  6. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    And will that handle the need to easily search across all articles?

  7. deko
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Not without additional custom code...

  8. York
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks all for your input.

    Can categories be used to publish postings to different pages?

    For example, can I send a posting to the 'look' page on my site by marking it as belonging to the 'look' category, while sending another posting to the 'read' page by assigning it to the 'read' category?

  9. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Can categories be used to publish postings to different pages?

    Wrong terminology, but yes -- same result.

    You have category "views" of your posts. You can use Category_Templates in your theme to style them differently.

    By default, posts of all categories show up on the blog main page. However, there are plugins to control that as well.

  10. York
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks to HandySolo and my fellow members for their assistance. I am now using categories with a single WordPress server installation, and it's met the needs I stated in my original posting.

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