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  • Resolved chrismichaels84


    Howdy all.

    I am setting up a brand new, fairly complex site that will be running quite a few plugins and (ultimately) modifying wordpress a lot. My question is about the initial setup. I need to run several networks, some with user created sites and others with admin created sites, each network using different bundles of plugins. I would like for all this to run off of one wordpress install so I can share securing and cacheing. I must share users.

    So, my options are to

      do a single, complex multisite install with a Multisite plugin like Blog Templates,

    1. to use a plugin like WP Multi-Network or Networks for WordPress,
    2. or to use multiple multisite installs.

    Here is the breakdown. The networks are bold.
    – /my-subsite-1/ (not user created)
    – /my-subsite-2/ (not user created)
    – /my-subsite-3/ (not user created)
    —- /user-created-1/
    —- /user-created-2/
    —- /user-created-etc/
    —- /user-created-1-etc/ (not user created) (not user created)

    Does anyone have experience with something like this?

    Thanks a ton!

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Hm. Having BOTH subdomains and subfolders is complicated. it CAN be done (I’d probably make and MAP that to

    The real thing to watch out for is that these are on the same network. How important is it to have true privacy and separation of users?

    I appreciate your speedy reply, and I’m actually watching your WCSF video right now, lol. All of these sites must shared users, and I would like for them to share content. Incidentally, all the admin-created sites will also have the same theme.

    A little more specific.
    — /social/ (a buddypress install)
    — /academy/ ( a set of wiki and premium content plugins)
    — /about/ (about as basic a wordpress site as there is, lol)
    — /sites/ (a network of user created sites almost identical to
    —- /some-user-site/
    —- /some-other-users-site/

    The subdomain sites are for invite only partner organization.

    I was hoping to keep this on one codebase, but I don’t mind using InfinityWP or whatever for updates. My main concern is that I need to share users and content (media) across all of it. I want my users to login once and have access to it all, their media library, their buddypress stuff, and (if they have a site setup), their dashboard. Some of this is with my own plugins, others are using WPMUdev plugins.

    I am leaning more towards multiple installs for the /academy/ /social/ and /about/ and just forcing everything to share users.

    BTW, I like the sarcasm in the video, lol. Makes it much more interesting

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    I would like for them to share content.

    Well now you’re just gonna hate me. Don’t do it. Don’t share post content. It’s a mess, it’s a nightmare, and its not worth it. Multisite wasn’t built for it.

    Sorry, not post content. User content. This is a community for creative collaboration. I want users to be able to upload examples to their buddypress profile and then use that same image on their personal site, or use it in an academy post they are creating.

    I don’t want to duplicate the media (images, video, etc).

    A post will only live on one site. Always. The mainpage may have a “recent activity” widget, but that’s easy enough.

    I’ve decided to go with a single multisite install and use a blog templates plugin. Since the subdomains will be very few and privately setup, I can use domain mapping for those. Then all of the primary site (/academy/ and /social/) will be under the Blog ID 1.

    That leads me to another question, but I’m going to post it as a new thread. Can I force blogs to live underneath a slug?

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