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  • tessahaamans


    I am not sure if I need to create a multi site, or just need to run 2 installations.

    For a client I need to create a website on a domain like
    They want to different environments one for consumers so and one for clients

    The consumer part will get information about the brand and store locations. For the client part, clients need to login to get to the information they need, like prices and the collection.

    The look and feel of both parts can be the same, but they both need a different navigation menu and the content of both will be different. Maybe in the near future there will be also a kind of shopping part for clients but not for consumers.

    I also need to create a homepage where people can choose if they want to go the consumer or client part and this homepage may not include one of the navigation menu’s.

    Can I create this with a multi site or is it better to run 2 different wordpress installations.

    Hopefully someone can help me out!

    Kind regards,


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  • Alex Phelps


    For me, I might use this question to help decide.

    Will there be a shared set of users across both sites?

    If yes, then multisite might be a good fit. If not, Multisite probably wont really help in the long run and it’ll be easier to run separate installs and separate code bases.



    Hi Alex,

    Thank you for your reply!
    Besides me, the client needs to have access to both sites for changing content, images etc.

    Is that what you mean?

    Let me know!

    Alex Phelps


    No, I mean dozens (or 100s) of the same users across both sites. If there is a lot of users that’ll need login access to both sites, the benefits of multisite really start to come into play. If it’s just a few people then keeping them separate will probably be better.



    There are other benefits to multisite. Each wordpress install means 4000+ files and a database. One multisite with many subsites is the same 4000+ files and one database with some extra tables made for each subsite. Logging into the main site as super-admin, you have access to the backend of the main and subsites. With multisite as subdomain setup, it would be really easy to have the main site as the front/entry at and then have /consumer and /client as the subdomains. With two separate installs, you would have to hand craft some sort of entry page with links to the subfolder sites.
    With multisite, the main site and all subsites have different menus and settings. It would be easy to lock one down for logged in access only. They can all share plugins and themes. Users are typically not shared between sites with the exception of super-admin. In fact it requires a plugin to share users or some database and php work I thought.
    That said, it is quite a bit to learn setting up and running a multisite. Not all plugins work, some like to be network activated and some like to be individually activated.

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