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Multisite – best architecture?

  • Hello,

    I am wondering how I should install my websites. It’s the first time I work with WordPress.

    It’s for a small company working in France, who wants the site to be available in French, English and Japanese. It’s on a shared 1&1 server (not sure if it’s the correct word, I mean it’s a regular server, not a private one).
    I checked the multilingual solutions, got bugs with qtranslate, and decided to use multisite with subdomains and Multisite Language Switcher.

    I don’t know if I should install the parent / children sites like this :

    fr (fr.mysite.com AND mysite.com)
    en (en.mysite.com)
    jp (jp.mysite.com)

    or like that :

    fr (fr.mysite.com AND mysite.com)
    en (en.mysite.com)
    jp (jp.mysite.com)

    –> knowing that fr should be the default language.

    Any advice please?

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  • I would do this:

    mysite.com – Placeholder site (use it for redirection, pictures of flags etc) in French. No real content.

    fr.mysite.com – French Content
    en.mysite.com – English
    jp.mysite.com – Japanese



    Forum Moderator

    Can you briefly explain which set-up does that? Hope that’s not too clueless of a question.

    Can you briefly explain which set-up does that? Hope that’s not too clueless of a question.

    I’m not sure I understand what you would like to know. Maybe this question is directed towards Ipstenu?

    (use it for redirection, pictures of flags etc)

    Ok. What exactly do you mean by “use it for redirection”?

    And also… If I get it right, I won’t be able to access to the parent’s site front end, because of the redirection, right?
    Will I have to configure the .htaccess manually to tell it to redirect every request pointing to the root to the fr subdomain, except for /wp-admin?

    Install Multisite in mysite.com with a subdomain install.

    Make a subsite for fr, en and jp.

    That’s all 🙂

    If you need help past that, go re-read the ‘Create a network’ doc (or look for a tutorial/101 type doc).

    Ok. What exactly do you mean by “use it for redirection”?

    Exactly what I mean. Have a static front page on mainsite.com that does NOT have content, just a ‘welcome to our page!’

    See http://www.jkrowling.com/ for an example 😀

    Thank you, I visited jkrowling.com.

    One thing is bugging me, you can’t jump from one language to another in the same page. Is it possible with Multisite Language Switcher?

    No idea, never used it. BUT you can always put links up, so if you use the same page slugs all around, you can have en.mysite.com/2012/foobar and fr.mysite.com/2012/foobar be the same. Then you just put in a simple switch.

    (I say ‘simple’ but it’s mostly simple HTML stuff, not WP specific. If you’re brand new to websites it may be harder.)

    Thank you for your help Ipstenu. I discovered I won’t have to put my hands into the code for this.
    Here is what I found out :

    First for the plugin to work, I had to go to the Multisite Language Switcher plugin options page and push update button even if I didn’t change anything, for each site.
    I read too that the three blogs have to have the same admin e-mail adress.
    Then I could go to the page / post (and maybe more) list, click edit, and on the upper right corner I could choose the page / post I wanted to refer to in the other blogs, from this page!
    Then I inserted the widget somewhere and I now Ican jump from one language to another.
    I found everything here :

    Now I’m trying to figure out how to change the flag…

    I don’t get something.

    Last week my bf installed a multisite wordpress too, and now he has separate folders for each subsite in his root directory.

    But I don’t, and it seems to work fine.

    Did one of us did something wrong?



    Forum Moderator

    No, there is more than one way to have multiple sites with WP. Read the Codex on Creating a Network if you want more info.

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