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Many domains, different themes (7 posts)

  1. akhasis
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I would like to be able to access my WP installation via different domains, each of them looking different. Is it possible?

    I've found a plugin that claims to manage to do that, but it seems not to have been updated for at least 2 years.

    Also, multisite installation is not an option, since I want to install Woocommerce and the products and categories should be available sitewide.

    Any help?

    Thank you!

  2. janet4now
    still awesome :)
    Posted 11 months ago #

    This article is a couple of years old, but I think it's still relevant and answers your questions.

    http://mashable.com/2012/07/26/beginner-guide-wordpress-multisite/

  3. akhasis
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Thank you janet4now!

    But, as I said, Multisite is not an option, because what I need is every "subsite" to share the same information.

    Specifically, I'll be using Woocommerce, every "subsite" will be a shop with the same products and, as far as I have been able to try, a multisite WordPress with Woocommerce makes every subsite "independent" from the next, meaning that each one has its own products and clients.

    Thats why I think the best approach would be a plugin that maps a few different domains to my WP installation, and displays a different theme according to which domain the user is coming through. Actually, any solution that allows me to share products between Woocommerce installation in my multisite would do (as long as it doesn't require to export-import products and stock to each store every time there is a change).

    I found a plugin like that, but, as I said, it is too old and probably outdated. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it again to show it here.

    So, anybody can tell me about any plugin or solution to do what I need?

  4. catacaustic
    very awesome
    Posted 11 months ago #

    You actually don't want to do that...

    The reason for this is that when you duplicate the site by using more then 1 URL on it, even with different layouts, all of the sites will be hit with duplicate content pentalties. That will lead your sites to (at best) be far down the results pages, or (worst) banned completely.

    You can have all of the domains pointing to the one installation, but it has to all be served from one domain only, otherwise you'll find your site dropping out of view everywhere.

  5. giollianosulit
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    What @catacaustic said is very true. Your site will be treated as 'spamming content' since you've duplicated it multiple times.

    Is there a reason for needing to duplicate the site in different themes?

  6. akhasis
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    @catacaustic and @giollianosulit, you are right, I don't know how I didn't think of that.

    My client wants to create an online shop, and one of the features he wants is what he calls "masks", that is, one store with many templates.

    My first intention was to create a multisite install with woocommerce. The thing is, products and stock aren't shared between shops and I can't find any plugin to sync the stores (export - import is not an option, since the number of shops can grow rapidly and it can become very hard to maintain).

    Thank you again for your help, I hope you can give me some insight on what would be the best way to do what my client wants.

  7. catacaustic
    very awesome
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I hope you can give me some insight on what would be the best way to do what my client wants.

    In this situation, there is no "best way". No matter what they do, one store is the most that will ever be ranked anywhere, and I'd bet that's not what they want.

    If this feature is a "must-have" for their system, I'd suggest looking at something that could handle doing things this way, and that's Magento. The biggest reason for this is that it can handle having all products in multiple stores by setting the same base category for each store. It will still get hit with duplicate content penalties, but it will make the admin easier... which won't be that much of a consolation when the stores are all basically dropped from any search results. As long as you clearly explain the downside to your client - and get them to sign off in writing that they fully understand the potential failure - you'll be OK.

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