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  • thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)


    Hi there,

    I have tried to find the answer in the forums but just want some clarification.

    I have been asked to create 3 unique sites for 3 different clients. Each will have it’s own look and feel but:

    1) I want to retain full control over hard changes like themes, plugins etc.

    2) I want to use the same Theme as a base for each site.

    3) I want to use mostly the same plugins for each site.

    4) I want the clients to have access to edit pages/posts at will.

    5) I want to host them all from my External hard Drive.

    If I set up Multisite/Create A network will I be able to achieve all of the above? Clearly I want to be able to edit each site individually without those changes affecting the other sites unless I choose.

    Is this possible? Am I understanding what creating a network will do for me?

    Many Thanks.

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  • thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)

    Or is it easier and possible to install fresh installs of WP on to my hard drive and run each site as a total stand alone?

    Assuming they’ll each have different login and access details there wouldn’t be a clash would there?

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    If it’s all on the same server then multisite may be a good fit for you.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

    2) I want to use the same Theme as a base for each site.

    Doable. Use one parent theme and sperate child theme for each site. You don’t even have to network activate the parent theme, just the child themes.

    5) I want to host them all from my External hard Drive.

    Uh, no. Don’t do that. Really, don’t. Do some research and find a good web host.

    Putting aside any technical setups, you are using the word ‘clients’ and unless you have experience running fully redundant and available servers, you would just be setting yourself and those clients up for an endless maintenance nightmare.

    If you’re serious then use professional hosting. There are many available and the options can be very affordable.

    http://wordpress.org/hosting/

    thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)

    Hi Jan,

    Sorry re: 5) I want to host them all from my External hard Drive.

    What I meant was if I have to install seperate version of WP for each site onto my system I’d prefer to install onto my External HD. I use HostGator for my hosting.

    Cheers.

    thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)

    Thinking on then, would it be easier for me to set up a PARENT site with the theme etc I want to use on brand new log in details and then to network off that.

    I already have a site up and running and don’t want to affect that at this time.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    You can do all that with Multisite.

    I would grab Blog Copier to make the parent site and copy for the new children 🙂

    thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)

    Okay I have set up my main site and installed a network. However when I look at my sites dashboard rather than the Network dashboard I am not able to install any plugins?

    Any suggestions?

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    You can’t install from the per-site plugin section — notice how you can’t install themes that way either?

    Security 🙂

    This is by design.

    thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)

    Well I do notice that, but I am still a little confused. So if I add plugins to the network dashboard here: http://mattsallfolks.co.uk/wp-admin/network/

    The same plugins will take effect on the other blogs in my network?

    Is that right?

    thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)

    Also I am wondering how I add a new site with a different domain name:

    So my network is called: Matt’s All Folks Sites

    I have 1 site listed on my network just now:

    http://www.mattsallfolks.co.uk

    I want to create another one called:

    http://www.gemzdanceacademy.co.uk

    I have blog copier installed but when I try to create it the message is:

    Blog Copier
    Oops!

    This plugin only works on subblogs. To use this you’ll need to create at least one subblog.

    If I create the create subblog link I see this:

    Site Address .mattsallfolks.co.uk
    Only the characters a-z and 0-9 recommended.

    Site Title
    Admin Email

    Now I want the new site to have the address: http://www.gemzdanceacademy.co.uk

    Not: http://www.gemzdanceacademy.mattsallfolks.co.uk

    How can I resolve this?

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    So if I add plugins to the network dashboard here: http://mattsallfolks.co.uk/wp-admin/network/

    The same plugins will take effect on the other blogs in my network?

    They will be installed for all sites. If you network activate them, then they will be active for all sites. Otherwise, they can activate as they want.

    I want the new site to have the address: http://www.gemzdanceacademy.co.uk

    Not: http://www.gemzdanceacademy.mattsallfolks.co.uk

    1) Make the site http://www.gemzdanceacademy.mattsallfolks.co.uk
    2) Copy it over
    3) Park the domain gemzdanceacademy.co.uk on top of mattsallfolks.co.uk
    4) Get http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/ and map the domain

    thefoolmonty

    (@thefoolmonty)

    Thanks for that.. when you say

    3) Park the domain gemzdanceacademy.co.uk on top of mattsallfolks.co.uk

    What do you mean exactly?

    Thanks.

    ancawonka

    (@ancawonka)

    Here’s the hostgator help page about parked domains:

    http://support.hostgator.com/articles/cpanel/what-is-a-parked-domain-how-do-i-create-and-delete-one

    Basically, you want the same hosting account to provide content for multiple domains from the same location (e.g. where you’ve installed WordPress)

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