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  • Hi, I was wondering if someone can help. I am unsure whether I need to use multisite to create my website. I have 3 different sections to the website, which will go from the homepage to each different area, an auction section and two directory sections, plus I will require several sub domains. I was wondering whether I can create this using that standard wordpress platform or would I need to use multisite for this to work. Each section will have a different theme. Any help would be most appreciated.

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  • Hi, roh26. Generally, a multisite is used when multiple authors are posting–think or similar. I don’t really think you’ll need multisite for your project,, though you might need several WordPress installations. In any event, if I can give 1 piece of advice, it would be to plan well, ie, think “measure twice, cut once.”

    Good luck w/your project & happy 2018!

    Thanks Jackie (@abletec). The thing where I am stuck however is my main website will have regional sites so think wordpress might have wordpress London or wordpress Dublin and those subsites will be a replica of the main site but with regional content. Sorry im really new to web building so might be a stupid question, but will multiple installations of WordPress work for this and how will I link my main domain to the multiple installations? Thanks in advance.

    P.s. happy 2018 to you too.

    Hi, roh26. A multisite would work. So would multiple WordPress installations. For a person new to WordPress, single installations might be a better idea unless you’re contemplating hiring someone or you’re into polar bear plunges :). What I’m saying is that multisite can be a bit difficult to wrap one’s head around, especially for newer web developers & especially for a subdomain install. Obviously single installs take up more space, so that might be a consideration. I wish I could give you a definitive anser, ie, do multi- or single site, but I think both would work & both have advantages & disadvantages.

    Thanks Jackie. I’ll give the single installations a try and if I can’t do it then I guess I’m going to have to hire someone to do it for me. Thanks for the advice.

    Hey roh26, you know, 1 reason why they call us “web development professionals” is that many of us tend to develop websites on our local machines so we can blow things sky-high & no one’s the wiser :). So we look professional because our final product works well, but no one sees the explosions behind the scenes. I guess what I’m saying is that you may wish to consider getting a package like Xampp/Mampp/Wampp, ie, something you can install on your local box, & play w/setting up sites. This way you can learn about multisite in the comfort of your own home w/o fear of messing stuff up. 1 thing I would caution is that changing from single install to multisite can be a hassle & a half, so that also is a consideration.

    Here’s a little bit of an out-of-the-box use for a plugin called WPML. You might wish to think about this as well.

    Awesome thank you. Do you have an email address or anything so I can stay in contact should I require a developer at some stage in my process?

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