[wp-hackers] site sections, distinct theme per section

John Black immanence7 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 08:54:34 UTC 2011

Thanks for that Lynne.

1. What kind of conditionals would I be looking for?
2. General comment thrown into the wilderness: It is obvious that very large organisations have different wings. Wordpress has made great leaps forward lately, in terms of adoption as a full blown CMS. This could be encouraged more if this kind of functionality (the ability to have sections, recalling different themes / aesthetics) were able to be built into a single install.

I'll look into the multisite option.


On 8 Jul 2011, at 10:30, Lynne Pope wrote:

> It's possible to do this by using conditionals in the header.php to serve
> different css and JavaScript files to different categories. This only works
> if the underlying HTML structure is the same for each of your sections and
> you are happy to have each section set up as a category. The only other way
> to do this is by using a multisite install and setting each section up as
> its own instance within subdomains.
> Lynne
> On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM, John Black <immanence7 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've searched for an answer and didn't find anything. Not even a premium
>> plugin exists, to my knowledge.
>> Is there any way to do the following:
>> Have multiple sections within a single WordPress installation (or domain)
>> that each call up a distinct theme?
>> For example: Maybe I'd like to use one theme for the opening pages; use a
>> second theme for a dedicated e-store; a third theme for a dedicated video
>> store; or another theme for a ticket / help section.
>> These are just examples.
>> I know that much can be done with single post templates, but this is not
>> what I'm talking about. I'd really like to be able to use more than one
>> theme on my domain.
>> (p.s., I know subdomains would be a way, possibly, of doing this. But it
>> seems an awful hassle, to have several installations running, several
>> databases, etc, and I'm sure there would be issues later, not least,
>> perhaps, with SEO).
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