Necessary? Not hardly.
And they all have to be hosted on the same server, not multiple ones.
If you’re doing this for SEO reasons, it’s a waste of time & effort.
Is it also true that if I have 2 ip addresses, and want to build two completely different networks, abcd.com (with its sub blogs, and its own registered domain) and efgh.com (with its subblogs and its own registered domain) (and by the way the two networks are not related in subject matter), that I should run them both off of only one of my ip addresses? I am assuming that I would have two databases (one for each network) and two wordpress installs (one for each network).
SHOULD you run them off one IP? There’s no reason not to.
If you use MultiSite, you have ONE database, and you may as well use one IP. It works, it’s easier, and there’s no SEO penalty.
Is it also true that if I have 2 ip addresses, and want to build two completely different networks, <snip> that I should run them both off of only one of my ip addresses?
Um, no? Why would you?
you can put each one on its own IP. especially if you want domain mapping for one or both.
Or both on the same IP 🙂 It doesn’t matter (if you think about it, shared hosting has TONS of domains on one IP without any issues)
I’m interested in doing the same thing with the reason that I want to set up client sites on each sub-site and they will be linking back to the main site so to pass SEO juice through it would be best if each has a separate IP. I don’t really think this is black-hat since they are technically separate sites just administered through one WP.
they will be linking back to the main site so to pass SEO juice through it would be best if each has a separate IP
That is incorrect. It doesn’t make a whit of difference for SEO juice if they have separate IPs or not, or everyone on shared hosting would be scroogled.
It;s not black hat or white hat, it’s just a non-issue. Don’t worry about it.
So, what should my directory structure look like? I have a vpn, with cpanel….i have the following setup:
public_html/(wordpress contents running main site)
should the second multisite install be at
public_html/secondsitename/(wordpress contents running second site)
the reason i ask is the main site uses domain mapping, all subblogs run great, domain mapping installed. when i went to use addon domain, it created secondsite.mainsite.com
if the guts of the secondsite wordpress install are not at the root, then can i enable a separate multisite network for it? sorry for the confusion, i hope i am making myself sorta clear 🙂
2 separate multisite networks, not sharing databases.
one at the root, where does the second one go and how to add it using cpanel.
THANKS and HAPPY 2012!!!
if the guts of the secondsite wordpress install are not at the root, then can i enable a separate multisite network for it?
if in the same niche and creating, let’s say, 25 domains, how can using the same ip be beneficial? i can understand using the same ip if creating domains in different niches, but if google knows i control the same domains in the same niche they will limit my traffic and treat all 25 domains as if i have 1. if they are going to feed my blog 1000 hits of traffic a month, they will spread this over all 25 domains. i am always open to new methods, but this has always been the research i’ve uncovered.
i suppose if the 25 domains all chased different keywords this could be possible, but still seems as if google would limit traffic if they knew the footprint.
i’m interested in hearing others feedback.
how can using the same ip be beneficial
You’re thinking of it backwards.
Google doesn’t care if you’re all on the same IP. If they did, shared hosting would be impossible. Basically, it doesn’t matter, at all, if you’re on one IP or a hundred, save that it’s easier for YOU to manage.
but in the same niche? seriously? not to be offensive,but have u personally tested this?
according to seomoz and majestic seo having the same niche ip is a no no. from personal experience, i have found same niche ips domains to have no value. one domain would suffice.
is seo your specialty ipstenu?
A shared IP, regardless of the content, won’t affect the SEO of a website. Lots of sites are on the same IP address. In fact some IP addresses are the homes for thousands of websites (like, not picked at random, WordPress.com sites).
Now, Google (and other search engines) do use shared IP address to help find splogs and splog networks, designed to promote themselves or one “main” site by interlinking. But that doesn’t affect the ranking of webpages and is only used to find spam.
tl;dr It doesn’t matter if you’re niche or not, otherwise blogger and wp.com would be out of business.
If you have further questions regarding this, you should make your own topic, as this one is marked RESOLVED, which means, y’know, it’s resolved.
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