Hello Mika Epstein,
I read your post titled "do not use Multisite" and I would like to pose one issue that you might have overlooked or I failed to understand.
Yes, I don't want the users on the MultiSite doing anything ecept posting articles. However, don't you think the following categorization problem makes WPMU a necessity?
* A site that has news and blog posts, which needs to be presented as distinctly as possible (since news items maintain some sort of standard, while blog posts are of varying quality)
*That site consists posts in two languages.
* Of course, items will have to be segregated by category and sub-category based on their subject-matter/topic.
NOW, if this site is going to be on a single WP installation all the three things will have to be accomplished through category, sub-category and sub-sub-category alone.
For example: A post in English language, which is a news and covering terrorism will have to be assigned to Example.com/category/English/news/terrorism
In the same manner, an English blog post on terrorism would be
You may still insist this is better than the complications of WPMU.
1/WP doesn't allow similar slug for subcategories even if they belong to different parent categories. That means the actual url of category pages would be lengthy and less attractive than those in my examples
2/WP doesn't allow(or I think) to create and use more than one dynamic pages that can be used as alternative front pages. That means there will be only one front page with all sorts posts from the site on it.
3/The category pages - atleast those I saw so far - are simply a list and do not have the versatility to be used as a "home page" of some sections.(I may err here, for lack of knowledge on the limits of customization).
These are not idle questions. They kept me in dilemma for almost two months. I would be grateful if you would suggest ways to accomplish these things without using WPMU (creating subsites)
Thank you very much.