Should I use Multisite? (6 posts)

  1. Rachel Goldstein
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have a client whose home page has 3 choices on it for the type of client you are. Depending on what choice you make on the home page, you will be served different content, probably going to a special directory like website.com/choiceA, website.com/choiceB, etc. The theme should look exactly the same (it's a custom child theme that I'm mid-development at the moment), but the content within the pages is different. What's the best way to handle this? Is this one WP install, 3 separate WP installs, or Multisite? I've never used Multisite before, so any tips if this is the way to go?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. jonradio
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Case One: you don't want Client Type A to see Client Type B's content under any circumstances. And no Client is both Type A and B.

    To me, that just screams for separate WordPress sites, and, long term, WordPress Multisite is far easier to maintain than 3 separate sites.

    Case Two: you don't care who sees what, but you want to give each Client Type a separate "view" of your web site.

    That sounds to me like a single WordPress site with /choiceA /choiceB and /choiceC subdirectories (through Permalinks), and a plugin to customize the menus according to which subdirectory is being viewed.

  3. Rachel Goldstein
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks jonradio, this is really helpful. It's definitely Case Two. Do you know any plugins that are good to use for this purpose?


  4. jonradio
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The first decision you face is whether to use the WordPress Menu mechanism, or to use a Widget, to display the Menus. That decision, in turn, is best made with a strong knowledge of your chosen Theme's Menu and Widget capabilities.

    Out of that decision comes the answer to whether you are looking for a Conditional Menu plugin, or a Conditional Widget plugin. In theory, your chosen Theme may have one or both of those capabilities. Doubtful, but possible, so worth checking out.

    I also recommend using popular (lots of downloads) plugins that have been updated recently or show as working on a very recent version of WordPress. There may be better searches than "conditional menu" or "conditional widget", but those would lead you to the following plugins, which I haven't personally tested.

    Dynamic Widgets - http://wordpress.org/plugins/dynamic-widgets/
    Widget Logic - http://wordpress.org/plugins/widget-logic/
    WooSidebars - http://wordpress.org/plugins/woosidebars/

  5. Rachel Goldstein
    Posted 2 years ago #

    We are using Divi, from Elegant Themes. I think we would be looking for a Conditional Menu, not Conditional Widget plugin. I'll look into these solutions further, and thanks for the great start.

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Please be aware that as you appear to be using a commercial theme, you will need to seek support from the theme's developer/vendor. We do not support commercial products here.
    Try http://www.elegantthemes.com/forum/

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