[resolved] Easiest two-blog method for non-experienced user (4 posts)

  1. ultimaratioregum
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi all,

    I'm new to WordPress, and totally new to CSS/PHP. I'm after two blogs on the same domain, which I'd ideally like to have different banners, different archives, etc. My site is http://www.ultimaratioregum.co.uk/

    Currently, one WordPress installation is installed to the domain, so that homepage takes you to the first blog. The second blog can be found by going to any of the 'Academia' links, which take you to the second one, which is installed to /academic-blog/. I've scoured the huge book on WordPress I've bought and looked for answers online, but I still have a few questions:

    - Is two installations the right way to go about this? Lacking more complex programming knowledge, I think it is...
    - Will the two blogs reinforce each other on search engines? Which is to say - if each blog has 50 links to it, say, will my website per se function as if it has 100 links, or will my homepage, and the academic blog homepage each function with 50?
    - Is there a way to run both the blogs on the same WordPress installation, so I don't have to mess around wit two usernames, etc?
    - Have I made some other colossal mistake here that wasn't mentioned in either of my three previous questions?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. John
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You may want to run WordPress in MultiSite mode. It allows you to have thousands of blogs in one install. This is a huge benefit when it comes to updating plugins, themes, customizations, etc... The multi-site setup also allows you to share user accounts between blogs, so if you give people permissions on your main site, you can give the same account permissions on any of the other blogs. It is all the same account, so no extra username and password for your visitor's/guests to remember, no need to re-log in when switching between sites, etc...

    I can't really say much about the SEO aspects, I've never paid much attention to those algorithms.

  3. ultimaratioregum
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks for the advice - that's what I'm going to do. Having found the http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network page, I'm a bit confused - do I want to install WordPress on to my website's homepage initially, and then do those steps? I've decided to start anew and be a bit more efficient this time (hence why my site looks like it now does), so is that is the right way to go about it?

  4. John
    Posted 4 years ago #

    When you enable Multi-site, your entire instance of WordPress and all blogs (including the root blog) are part of one network. The biggest question would be, "Do I want all of my blogs to be named as subfolders of the same domain or subdomains?"

    Subfolders= http://www.someplace.com/ <the root blog>, http://www.someplace.com/blog1, http://www.someplace.com/blog2, etc...
    Subdomains=www.someplace.com <the root blog>, blog1.someplace.com, blog2.someplace.com

    So in that sense, you do install it in your main Web site homepage (assuming you are using WP to deliver the main site). If I were you I would make a good backup, install WP, configure it for MultiSite, configure your main blog/site and if you wish, import the content from the old main blog/site and make it pretty. Then do the same for the other blog/site you wished to run.

    As you are in "construction mode" you may wish to install an enhanced privacy plugin to allow you to set additional privacy levels, one of which is "visible to Admins only" so that you can access and work on your site without worrying about bots and casual visitors seeing the sausage being made. I use SiteWide Privacy Options for WP MultiSite (http://premium.wpmudev.org/project/sitewide-privacy-options-for-wordpress-mu) but there are many others out there.

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