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[resolved] different looks for different parts of domain - how to? (5 posts)

  1. Bruce
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,
    I want to create 3 different-looking sets of pages for the three distinct parts of my business.
    It would be great if someone could advise me how to set up different headers/colours/page menus/widgets for the various page sets of my domain (and possibly different themes as well). . .
    So far I've read the WP Codex, read the FAQ and searched this WP Support forum. I've found a lot of talk about WordPress MU, multiple domains, wildcard domains, networks, subdomains, subdirectories, etc - all very confusing. I suspect that some of the advice is no longer current, since MU has been superceded by later versions of WP. Also, many of the topics deal with using WP across several domain names, whereas I'm using only one domain name.

    1. Do I need to set up a WP network with sub-domains to achieve my result? . . . . or a WP network with sub-directories?
    2. If so, then do the "Create A Network" and "Before You Create A Network" Codex pages give the correct instructions?
    3. Is there a simpler way to go?
    4. Is there anything else I need to know?

    Thanks,
    Bruce

    [Currently using WP 3.3.2 with Twenty-Eleven theme, and can view my files on CPanel. My HTML skills extend to checking my pages for syntax errors and adding the odd line of code.]

    PS: I tried the 'Dynamic Headers' plugin, but didn't get the right result. I then downloaded the 'WP Domains' plugin, but other users seem to encounter some issues with it.

  2. 1. Subdomains or subfolders work fine. If you're going to map domains, it's easier to use subfolders. Otherwise it's just personal preference.

    2. Yes those are the right directions :)

    3. Possibly, but that would just be theme settings, and you said you tried some of that. If you just want different pages to look different, you can use page templates and so on to change the design. I don't know if that's 'easier' or not for you.

    4. Make sure you know what you need :) I don't mean out of WP, I mean what you need your site to do and look like. Doodle on paper, or make a list of the pages you're going to have, and generally what's going to be different about them. Taking the time to think and plan out the attack will help you decide the best method there of.

  3. Bruce
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks, Ipstenu, for your advice about subdomains and subfolders.
    Exploring the simpler option for the moment, I'm interested in your comment,

    3. Possibly, but that would just be theme settings, and you said you tried some of that. If you just want different pages to look different, you can use page templates and so on to change the design. I don't know if that's 'easier' or not for you.

    I've found it's possible to change the basic layout for each page by selecting the default, side bar or showcase templates (offered in Twenty-Eleven theme). But I'm not sure how I could use these templates to give a different look for each of the 3 page sets of my domain i.e. 3 different headers/fonts/colour schemes/page menus.
    How would I use templates to achieve this?
    Cheers,
    Bruce

  4. Depends on how you want it segregated. I'd probably use Custom Post-Types and suss out on the hierarchy which template applies to it.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy

  5. Bruce
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks again, Ipstenu, for your advice. The hierachy page looked scary.

    I eventually decided to use the multi-site capability of WordPress.
    I rang my domain host and they quickly walked me through setting up a subdomain on my hosting account, rather than on CPanel as I had mistakenly done. We then pointed this to the server's IP address.

    Then I followed the instructions to 'Create a Network' on WordPress, and "hey Presto" it didn't work!
    The solution was to to disable, then re-enable, the WordPress theme.
    I'm very happy with the result - two websites with two different looks that I operate from one WordPress installation.
    Would recommend this to anyone.
    Cheers, Bruce

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