June 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm #208116
I am in the process of moving hosting companies in order to manage two Genesis Sites, in one central location. These sites will have different target audiences, plugins and branding. Is it possible to use the WordPress multi site option? If so, could someone please tell me the pros and pitfalls when compared with the two separate instances of WordPress.June 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm #208127RobertMember
That shouldn't be a problem to use a multi-site solution. The major benefit will be only one login to update themes and plugins. If you grow to even more sites, you have the framework in place to continue with that system. Downside could be plugin conflicts (not likely though).
There is also this solution https://wpremote.com/ whcih you might find helpful.
I've used it with success in the past.
As far as the sites being about different topics/target audiences, that would hold little to no bearing, at least in my mind with regards to making this decision.
Have you already chosen a new host?
Anything else just let me know!
RobertMcMillin.comJune 23, 2017 at 9:41 am #208163
Thanks for replying. To elaborate on what I have in mind
Genesis + Child Theme + LetsEncrypt (minimal plugins)
Genesis + Child Theme ( lots of plugins)
Now referring to point about possible conflicts, they may both use some common plugins but each might have different settings on config.php . e.g.
Alternatively, https://wpremote.com looks very impressive so I have signed up. I just wonder when they might start to charge for their service. No such thing as a free lunch right!
Yes, I have chosen my host which offered multi site , LetsEncrypt and SSH, plus a choice of Linux or Windows (per site). They have been helpful resolving incorrect NS entries when I removed a couple of sites from Microsoft.June 23, 2017 at 11:13 am #208181Victor FontModerator
I run several WP Multisites with Genesis. Plugins are always added through the main site's Network Admin page. Plugins can either be network activated, which activates them on all sites, or they can be activated on each individual site independently.
There is only one wp-config per multisite installation. So a constant definition like define('WP_POST_REVISIONS',6) applies across all sites in the network. You can change this to apply to individual sites by removing the define declaration from wp-config and adding a WordPress filter in the child theme's functions.php: https://codex.wordpress.org/Revisions
The Genesis Framework and all child themes should be network activated so you can see and select them in the Appearance/Themes menu. What you have to be careful of is customizing a child theme. If you use a single child theme across more than one site, any customizations to that theme will display across all sites using that theme. This would not be a good thing.
If you wanted to use a specific child theme across more than one site, you would have to copy it into a new directory and rename it so there is no conflict across sites.
June 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm #208207
Thanks, you have convinced me as this seems so much easier . One thing I thought of which isn't a showstopper. I am currently deploying an index.html (Coming Soon") on one of the sites I am going transfer to what, will ultimately be the multisite WordPress host. I guess any sites at this location would all show the Coming Soon Page, regardless of any not being in this state.
DanielJune 23, 2017 at 5:06 pm #208215Victor FontModerator
Not with domain mapping if they are different domains. Even sub domains are their sites. You really need to read up on multisite installations. Making a mistake at the beginning can have long reaching implications as sites are added.
June 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm #208246
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