[wp-hackers] Running several WordPress sites on the same server

Mika A Epstein ipstenu at ipstenu.org
Thu Aug 23 02:02:35 UTC 2012

Also there are multisite MultiNetwork plugins which let your sites make subsites.

Not that multisite is perfect for everyone, of course. Just something to consider :) (If you need to totally segregate your userbase, for example, I would be less inclined to use Multisite.)

On Aug 22, 2012, at 8:53 PM, Mike Schinkel <mike at newclarity.net> wrote:

> On Aug 22, 2012, at 6:19 PM, Ryan WP Mailing Lists <ryan.wpmailinglists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am looking to run several WordPress sites on a server. I'm talking like
>> 100+. The way I see it each wordpress site is the same except for
>> wp-content directory, wp-config.php and the database. Therefore my thought
>> is to have one install where wp-config.pho can use a central database to
>> dynamically designate the correct db as well as a unique wp-content
>> directory based on the domain name.
>> How would this compare to more of a shared hosting type setup with vhosts
>> and a full copy of the wp source for each site. Any downside to my method
>> or other considerations I should be aware of?
>> __________________________________________
>> I should have figured someone would say this.
>> Of the numerous sites some themselves will need to be multisite for other
>> reasons. Also each site will need a unique users db.
>> __________________________________________
> Hi Ryan,
> We've implemented something very similar.  We chose to go with single site because it's less complex than multisite and there are fewer plugin incompatibilities with single site.  We chose a shared architecture so that we can have one installation of a set of custom plugins with different databases and uploads directories.  
> However, we handle all the admin so we don't give the end user access to plugins or themes.  We have a shared /wp-config.php which loads a "/wp-config-{domain}.php" file and then our uploads directories are "/wp-content/uploads/{domain}/."   I'm not sure this structure would work if you give end users full admin access.
> Maybe it would help if you can better explain your use-cases?  Why will you have 100+ sites, and are they similar or different? What makes your situation unique?
> -Mike
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