January 5, 2018 at 6:25 pm #215126SavvyProParticipant
I am just getting started on building up my clientele and I don't have my own website yet, but I just registered my domain yesterday so I will start working on my own website here in the coming week. What I want to know is should I enable Multisite on my own website for development purposes to showcase to clients what their websites will look like, or should I use a service like A2 Hosting, or am I misunderstanding what Multisite should be used for?
Thank youJanuary 6, 2018 at 12:24 am #215136Sridhar KatakamParticipantJanuary 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm #215305Mark CorpuzParticipant
Multisite usually serve as a convenient method of having 1 WordPress installation but giving you the capacity to create multiple sites within that same environment. How you use it is completely based on your preferences.
The downside of using a multisite however is the difficulty in duplicating a single site. I use local tools like "Desktop Server" by ServerPress and it takes me 10 seconds to duplicate a wordpress installation for client use. Thus, multisite is not ideal for this scenario because I want to isolate the duplicated site as it's own site installation.
Multisite however could serve a good purpose allowing you to create multiple demos of similar sites. So when you upload them online, you can have 1 multisite install of wordpress but show 10, 20 or hundreds of demo sites based - point is, you don't have to install wordpress each time.
If you're not very comfortable in setting up wordpress sites from the backend perspective, you might find some challenge in setting up multisite. But with a little bit of practice, it becomes easy. But again, the decision you make should be based on what you'll need a multisite for. Hope this helps.
https://SmarterWebPackages.comJuly 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm #221665SavvyProParticipant
Sorry it has taken me this long to respond. I apparently forgot to change my email to get updated and didn't see these till just now.
I paid for DesktopServer and I really like it.
Thanks everyone.July 14, 2018 at 5:25 am #221683drschillingParticipant
WP Engine has great staging capabilities and very easy one click multisites. You can change from single to multisite and multisite to single with one click.
I also use Serverpress for local development of websites. Easy to set up and use and great customer service. Can build multisites on your local computer and deploy them to live servers.July 14, 2018 at 8:27 am #221685Victor FontModerator
I follow the same process as Shridhar. Using multisite for development will create some issues for you. Multisite allows you to share plugins and themes across all of your sites. One update process applies to all sites.
Where the problem comes in is with theme customizations and migration to production after you've completed a job.
Let's say you have three customers and you're customizing the Genesis Sample theme for each one. You'd have to make three copies of the Genesis Sample theme and rename their directories and modify their style.css headers to make them unique so they can be used individually.
Migrating content from a multisite installation and porting it into a single site installation is difficult at best. There are a couple of Pro-level plugins you can use, but suffice it to say that you're better off avoiding the issue altogether. You'll have a much better process flow if you do.
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