Have you ever tried hassling with multiple WordPress installations on one domain?
The updating, configuring plugins, adding new themes, can be a really daunting task.
Rather you’re trying to manage your blogging network or have a website with separate editorial teams, you may find a lot of benefits in using WordPress Multisite.
What Is WordPress Multisite?
WordPress multisite is a module that’s pre-integrated with every WordPress installation and allows you the ability to instantly deploy multiple WordPress on subdomains (i.e. http://site1.yourdomain.com) or in subfolders (i.e. http://yourdomain.com/site1).
The largest example of this is the WordPress.com hosted platform that powers millions of users, giving them the ability to have their own subdomain on their network.
What Are The Main Benefits?
Running multiple WordPress installs on a single domain not only pose a security threat, they’re also a headache to constantly configure and keep updated.
With WordPress multisite, you control each install including all plugins, themes, etc. inside on master dashboard. You can also assign isolated access to different users. For example, one user maybe the admin to one sub-domain, but not the entire network.
Rather than installing the same plugin over-and-over again, you install it once, and then activate it on the site(s) you want to use it. Themes work the same way, but you also have the option to add unique themes per site!
What Are The Disadvantages?
Some customers get this confused with our Reseller Hosting.
WordPress multisite isn’t for external customers or domains.
It’s primary purpose is for those looking to host multiple instances of WordPress on a single domain, inside a sub folder or subdomain. [As I mentioned in my real-life examples above]
Therefore the primary disadvantage is you couldn’t use this to offer your own clients a “managed” WordPress hosting infrastructure.
How To Setup WordPress Multisite
Personally, I don’t recommend trying to transform an existing WordPress website to multisite unless it’s one without any current data.
Doing this with a new installation, especially using our apps installer inside of cPanel is VERY easy.
I’ve filmed a video tutorial where I walk you through how to do this with subdomains and the exact steps you should take:
Feel free to ask any questions below!
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.