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  • What I want to do is to create multiple websites with:

    – different theme (logo, grid) and some extra divs for each website
    – different search results

    I’ll be having a lot of content (images, video links, text, TXT and PDF files, avatars). Do you think it’s too much for one database.

    Would my domain be slow if I install:

    site.com – main WP where I will display all websites.
    site2.mydomain.com
    site3.mydomain.com etc.

    Probably around 5 or 7 sites.

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  • There’s really two options, and both are going to be very similar for server loads.

    First, you can set up a new installation of WordPress for each site as you’ve suggested, and run them as 100% separate sites. That works fine, and will do what you want, but you will need to do updates etc on each site individually. The good part is that if anything does happen to go wrong, you’ll only have one site down.

    Secondly, you could set up a Network, and run all of the sites off the same installation. This keeps everythig “centralised” so you only have one place to do updates and major admin stuff, but you still have seperate sites that you can set up.

    As for on database, no. Databases are made to handle huge amounts of data. Anything you want to do with it, it can handle. You might need to look at extra indexing if searches are a bit slow, but that’s really about all.

    Thank you very much for the details. You covered everything I need to know.

    I will install multiple WordPress sites. Updates won’t be a problem since it can be done via AdminCP.

    One question not regarding this.

    I will create my custom theme. If I update my site, will be there any error with my theme. Any incompatibility? If yes, where I can track the changes?

    I will create my custom theme. If I update my site, will be there any error with my theme. Any incompatibility? If yes, where I can track the changes?

    There’s no possible way of anyone here knowing that. The code in your theme would be done by someone else, so no one here would have any access to it to know what might or might not go wrong.

    If you’re concerned you can use a temporary or development site to test on. Apart from that you can try it on one site and see how it goes. If there’s any problems you can trouble-shoot then.

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