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  • One website I run has a few “sister” web sites. Currently each are running WordPress as stand-alone (not multisite-enabled). Each site runs the Dokuwiki system to give me a wiki for each site. Am I correct in assuming that because of the wiki I am not able to convert the sites into using multisite options of WordPress? More broadly, if a site has any kind of “extra” content from some other system (a wiki, a redirect service like Yourls, or even just legacy html pages) you can’t use the multisite capabilities of WordPress.

    More details: the sites are all with subdomains site1.example.com site2.example.com site3.example.com. So I have three WP installations, three databases, etc… I was thinking as I add more sister sites, it will be a pain to have to manage each WP installation, so multi-site would be helpful. But because I’ve merged the sites with another software system, I can’t use multisite. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski

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    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Each site runs the Dokuwiki system to give me a wiki for each site. Am I correct in assuming that because of the wiki I am not able to convert the sites into using multisite options of WordPress?

    That’s a solid maybe it will be a problem.

    Most plugins will work when you activate them on a per site basis, but set up a dummy multisite environment, activate the plugin there, and import the single site into it via WXR.

    If it works on a test setup, it will probably work on a live one too.

    More broadly, if a site has any kind of “extra” content from some other system (a wiki, a redirect service like Yourls, or even just legacy html pages) you can’t use the multisite capabilities of WordPress.

    See above. 😉

    Multisite is pretty flexible and mostly behaves just like a regular single site setup. But for something exotic such integration with an external system then your own testing really is called for.

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