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Two WP installations – one for main site and one for blog?

  • Hello everyone,

    I’m about to start working on a new site, and I’m trying to figure out if there are any problems with the strategy I’ve come up with.

    I was thinking of running the site off of two intallations of WordPress: one for the “main site” (www.mysite.com), and one for the blog (blog.mysite.com).

    The reason I would like to do this is that I want to start by setting up the blog, and only address the “main site” a few months down the line. I would also like the blog and the main site to look quite different (both will use custom themes).

    Does anyone see any problems with my doing it this way? Feedback much appreciated! 🙂

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  • do you plan on somehow combining the two? You didn’t say anything about that, so I’m assuming the two installs will be totally separate?

    I run 5 or 6 installs off of my host with no problems…..they don’t really interface in any way other than linking to each other….

    If you plan to share posts between the two or something, that is a bit more work I believe. If not, just install each into it’s own respective sub folder/domain and give each its own DB and you are golden.

    I believe you can also share DBs using different prefixes, but I have no experience with that

    I believe you can also share DBs using different prefixes, but I have no experience with that

    You can.

    You also may want to consider WordPressMU for this.

    Thanks RVoodoo – Thanks! I don’t plan on combining the two. The only thing I can think that I might want to do is pull a feed of blog posts from the blog and display them on the “main site” in a sidebar or something. But I think there is probably a plugin out there that would let me do this?

    Ipstenu: thank you. I just took a look at the WordPressMU site. Would you be able to tell me what the benefit of using it in my situation would be? Is it just the ability to manage both sites through a single interface?

    Pretty much. One place to update all your plugins, etc, too 🙂

    And since WP is merging with WPMU in 3-6 months anyway, you’d be in a good position, rather than facing what I am in 6 months 😉

    Oh dear…WP and WPMU merging…what will this mean for all of us? Will we all need to undergo a process similar to upgrading to another version of WP?

    Will we all need to undergo a process similar to upgrading to another version of WP?

    Well … yeah 🙂 Don’t worry, from our end it SHOULD be pretty much the same as any other upgrade. 3.0 is the big WP/WPMU marriage. You upgrade each WP and WPMU sites to 3.0 and magically it’s the same. Yay.

    I’m confident about this, apparently.

    I’m confident about this, apparently.

    somebody hold me……cuz I’m scared!

    I need to suck it up and upgrade when it tells me to. I just dread the whole process (too afraid to use the automatic upgrade function, so it tends to take a while with the backups and everything).

    After a couple of bad experiences with hackers….I back everything up weekly.

    So when a new WP version comes out…..I just use the auto upgrade now ASAP, and have never had anything go south….

    It’s the merging of WPMU and WP that scares me….I tried to convert to WPMU….and it didn’t go great. But I’m hopeful that this will all go smoothly.

    I need to suck it up and upgrade when it tells me to. I just dread the whole process (too afraid to use the automatic upgrade function, so it tends to take a while with the backups and everything).

    Yes you do. And always make a backup.

    It’s the merging of WPMU and WP that scares me….I tried to convert to WPMU….and it didn’t go great. But I’m hopeful that this will all go smoothly.

    Converting to WPMU is harder than upgrading to WP 3.0 becuase of how the blog is moved to wp_#_<foo> and yet the wp_users stays where it is. I’ve toyed around and actually as of 2.9.1 it’s a lot easier to convert.

    I just hope they build in a way to say ‘Okay, now I want my single site to become MultiSite.’ 🙂

    I just hope they build in a way to say ‘Okay, now I want my single site to become MultiSite.’ 🙂

    or my 5 single sites….. :o)

    As we wander off topic … It’ll probably be ‘Make the biggest, most complicated site the ‘main’ site and then import the satellite sites.’ Merging multiple blogs is always harder, due to user bases 🙂

    Wondering how this will affect wp-hive users…It’s working brilliantly at the moment!

    wp-hive works with WP3 but you cannot use the Multi User, it is one or the other …. on one domain I use WP3 with Multi User and another I use WP-hive

    though I am currently considering converting the wp-hive sites to WP3 multi user, now that I have a plugin for the /blog aspect

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