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  • I’m revamping my company’s website and basing the entire thing off a WP installation. We have the need for two separate blogs that share the same users (one will sell virtual content the other will sell real content/goods). My question is, would it be better for me to set the blogs up as networked or just two blogs sharing the same database? What are the advantages of each method (other than adding a blog to my existing database being far easier to set up than a network). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Depends on what your needs are: Networks (either for subdomain or subdirectory blogs) are respectively different blogs on one network. They can be exported all together (via MySQL) or individually by the respective user of the sub-blog (via Dashboard).

    If you’re looking to have two separate installs share the same database, then it’s probably a better idea to use a Network. The reason is your server only carries one set of core files to take care of the entire Web site. In addition, you can map out domains on top of subdomain blogs. It makes maintenance easier and updating a snap with only one set of core files.

    Just remember to research the installation process in detail before you attempt. You can run into some silly problems if you skips any steps.

    Hope this helps.


    So you’re basically saying I should use a network instead of just two installs using the same database. This way I can manage both blogs through one admin dashboard rather than two separate. It also gives me more flexibility in dealing in regard to moving the blogs, updating the core files, themes and plugins, etc.

    My question to that is, are the users who register and log in at one blog automatically logged in on the other blogs on the network?

    Thanks for the reply.

    I can only tell you what I would do in any situation regarding WordPress and you can take it at your own risk. However, to answer your question: I would use Network because I would begin with a solid infrastructure on the business site.

    Additionally, the subdomain or subdirectory option is very cool, especially if I’m looking to set up different domains (via plugin) with different marketing campaigns, customer relations, a SSL employee memo and handbook site, etc. WP Network is a versatile tool.

    Here’s how to create a Network

    If you want to set the infrastructure to enable other domain names, here’s the ticket

    I’m not saying that the single install isn’t cool, it’s awesome if you only represent a singular voice, however, Network is the way to go for business.

    There are user settings for the entire site and for individual sub sites.

    Hope this helps.

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