I'm getting ready to start working on creating chapter pages for a nonprofit charity. Each chapter will have it's own subdomain and there are about 54 chapters. Each chapter leader will have some permissions so they can write posts, but I want the remainder of the sites to be consistent.
The primary domain will not be moved to wordpress YET and the webhost gave me an IP address to use for testing the primary domain before making it live on wordpress. The webhost also recommended using wp multisite.
However, I'm wondering if multisite is really a better option than having a single site for each subdomain. Also, some of the codex documentation () says not to install multisite if you can't do it to the domain and not to do it to an IP. And I'm wondering if I really even need multisite.
I want to get started on this but am at a standstill until I can figure out the best way to go. I have a couple of wordpress sites but neither are multisite and I am not experienced with multisite. What do you think?