I am trying to determine the best strategy for working on, and eventually uploading 3 local WordPress sites to be hosted within their own sub-folders on the same domain (eg: http://www.host.com/site1/, http://www.host.com/site2/). I have starting using the multi site functionality within a single WordPress install, but thought it might prove challenging bringing all sites together remotely. I am also using one database with 3 table prefixes, but I can use separate databases if that helps.
Can someone suggest which of the following methods (or any other) might be best suited to managing and uploading multiple WordPress sites?
Option #1: One local WordPress install using Multi Site option, with 3 separate sites created within WordPress
Option #2: Three separate local WordPress installs (using separate folders under the WAMP\www folder
At present I am using a single local database with three unique table prefixes (wp_, wp2_, wp3_). However I am not opposed to using three separate databases if that helps, as my hosting company allows it. Any differences in importing one database for 3 sites vs. importing 3 separate databases for 3 separate sites?
What scenarios would make it easier to manage and upload three local WordPress sites? Am I going to run into potential hurdles if I continue to use the multi-site options from one WordPress install? Would I be better served to create a separate install of WordPress for each local site?
I would appreciate any help, as I want to ensure that I am going about this properly.