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  • Hey WP, I have a rather complex website that I’m needing to build and have no idea where to begin…but here’s my list, and I’d love some advice on what I should do to build all this and/or if WP is even capable of it?

    1. FashionShots “home page” as a splash page: Visitors click on the applicable icon to choose which division of the site they want to enter: FashionShots Boudoir, FashionShots Seniors, or FashionShots Models.

    2. Each division of the website has a similar feel in the design, but different colors and navigation specific to that division and they end up looking like 3 different websites, only I just have one admin area to maintain all of them. I was thinking of creating separate WP installs on different directories such as,,, until I realized that would mean I’d have to edit 3 different websites at all times. Is there a way to have just one website that LOOKS like 3 different sites with different templates, but I just have one admin area to maintain all of them?

    Thanks so much for the help!!

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  • WordPress can do all that and much more. You just have to learn php, xhtml, CSS and a few others for a few years or more… Or go on and pay someone.

    You could achieve that with 1 wp install.

    Agree with Pete, making this look good may be tricky for a beginner.

    If you are keen to try this yourself;
    – Learn how to create custom post types, for each of your different content types.
    – You may wish to use the Advanced Custom Fields plugin, to configure all the images/data collected for each post type.
    – Look at how you want to get these posts on different pages. Perhaps categories?
    – Once they are on different pages, you’ll have to apply different css rules to each. This will be custom code.


    Ratz…so there’s no way to do this with WP Multi-user sites or anything? Guess I’ll just have to install multiple WP sites. :/ Thanks for the advice!



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    Multi-site may well do what you want though whether it’s the better solution is a different question – have you looked at this:

    I did look at the Multi-site thing and tried creating a network. Was able to get through the wp-config.php file set up then, couldn’t find the .htaccess file anywhere in my folders…so I have no idea where to go from there. :/

    [EDIT] Just saw that link has some instructions on how to add the code if you don’t have a .htaccess file…nevermind! I’ll let ya’ll know how it works out. Thanks again for the help! 🙂



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    You can create one — see step 3

    EDIT – ha, we crossed posts – glad you sorted that step anyway. Also notice that there is a specific forum for multisite, so that might have helpful info for you too. I can move this thread there if you need more help.

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