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Single Database or Multiple Databases

  • I am in the process of creating a website that will have multiple blogs. Since each blog will have its own unique navigation menu and each blog will have its own administrator, I am going to have multiple installs of wordpress in separate folders.

    I see here http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_Multiple_Blogs that it give instructions on how to perform multiple installs of WordPress. However, when I created my second blog, I simply created a folder and installed WordPress in it using the automatic WordPress install in my Bluehost cPanel.

    I am assuming that this would have created a separate database within the folder for the new WordPress install. Is this correct?

    Also, I am not really sure of the advantages or disadvantages of creating separate databases for each install compared to a single database for all installs. Eventually I hope to have 100 or even 200 blogs. Would separate databases or a single database be the best option for me?

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  • esmi

    @esmi

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    I am assuming that this would have created a separate database within the folder for the new WordPress install. Is this correct?

    Since you used Bluehosts’s installer, you would need ask them about this.

    I am not really sure of the advantages or disadvantages of creating separate databases for each install compared to a single database for all installs

    There’s very little in it but from a housekeeping pov, I’d argue that separate dbs are better if that’;s possible. Makes it far easier to backup and restore dbs.

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