Should I be using Multisite? (6 posts)

  1. kcurreri
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Everyone,

    I am pretty advanced when it comes to WordPress and I am trying to figure out if I should be using Multisite for a project I am working on.

    I work for a terrestrial radio station company that is redoing 2 websites for 2 different markets on 2 subdomains. For example, currently their websites are ny.domain.com and pa.domain.com. Both websites' content are very similar but sometimes differ.

    I do not maintain the content on these websites, so my goal is to make updating them as easy as possible for the content editors. I would like to have one login for both of the sites where someone can login to one account and choose what content goes where.

    I understand WordPress well enough to customize the Custom Post Types and Categoies to make this happen. The issue is that after doing a lot of research, it looks like content can't be shared between two websites in a Multisite network. Is this correct? I would have to think that this is a perfect job for WordPress Multisite, but now I'm not so sure.

    Also, I understand the SEO issues associated with this, but either way these sites will be developed with similar content whether they are two separate WP installs or one. I plan on using robots.txt to help with SEO issues.

    Thanks so much for reading and hopefully you understand everything I wrote.


  2. Peter Wilson
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You are correct, content cannot be published on more than one site - among other things, this probably has something to do with database performance.

    There may be a plugin that could help you out.

  3. You can use plugins to post to multiple sites.

    Broadcast a post/page to other blogs. Whitelist, blacklist, groups and automatic category+tag posting/creation available.
    * http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/threewp-broadcast/

    Allows you to duplicate posts and pages to multiple sub-blogs at once.
    * http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multipost-mu/

    WP / network plugin to display admin news to other users.
    * http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/threewp-global-news/

    Other plugins:
    * http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-featured-posts/
    * http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/
    * http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-recent-posts-widget/

  4. kcurreri
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you so much for your help. My goal was to not use plugins, but that may end up being the best option.

    I did find a way to grab posts from another blog by using switch_to_blog(); at the beginning of the loop and finishing it with restore_current_blog. See code below:

    <?php switch_to_blog(1); ?>
        <?php if(have_posts()) : ?><?php while(have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
        <div class="post" id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
            <?php the_content();?>
        <?php endwhile; ?><?php else : ?><?php endif; ?>
    <?php restore_current_blog(); ?>

    This worked for getting content from other blogs, however now the permalinks don't link up correctly. I'm gonna keep hacking away at this to see if this is going to work or be more trouble than it's worth.


  5. My goal was to not use plugins

    I cannot endorse that goal :)

    Don't reinvent the wheel before trying the plugins to see if other people have done it for you.

  6. kcurreri
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I cannot endorse that goal :)

    Good point!

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