Could WordPress Multisite Be a Game Changer for You?

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Conclusion

WordPress Multisite is a powerful and game changing tool for many businesses. That being said, it may not be the perfect solution for every business that thinks they need it. You need to carefully evaluate your needs to determine whether it’s the right fit for your business.

If you do go ahead with installing it, keep in mind that management (beyond adding sites, activating themes and plugins) can get quite complex. Reversing a decision to separate sites and migrating a Multisite can cause major headaches. So again, carefully evaluate your need for it before activating it.

Are you using WordPress Multisite? Or considering it? Share your experiences with us in the comments section.

Arnaud, a foodie from Bruges, Belgium, is the editor for the Semper Plugins blog. He also manages the translation teams for All in One SEO Pack (over 58 languages!).

11 comments on “Could WordPress Multisite Be a Game Changer for You?
  1. > < a n n o says:

    Hi there

    it sounds really easy, thanks for the clear steps.

    Is a WP multisite installation possible afterwards, if the existing base installation is already on a sub.domain.xy?

    • Arnaud Broes says:

      I believe this is possible.

    • Do yourself a favor and make sure that you make a full backup of your site and your databases before you start changing things on your site, especially if your site is already indexed on the search engines you have to make sure that you don’t change any URLs because that would generate a lot of 404 errors and that’s killing for your rankings.

      404 errors of URLs you aren’t using anymore should be properly redirected to another related blog post or page permanently with a 301 redirect.

      WordPress makes it super easy to manage all your redirections by installing a plugin which you can download for free from the wordpress repository here:

      https://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/

  2. Ron Charest says:

    Thank you for this excellent article. One question: once this multi-site is activated, and other sites are added, is it possible to continue managing a site “locally” from the local site admin screen?

    • Arnaud Broes says:

      I believe you can only manage your multi-site domain from within one global admin screen.

      • rodinux says:

        I have already two multisite in production. You can manage each site from his own admin dashboard. You have a interface which is dedicated to another role, superadmin from where you can load the extensions, plugins, themes (the admins of each site can not). If you want the users of the others sites to use the themes, you may activate them from this superadmin dashboard. For the plugins, the admins of each site can activate or deactivate them, except if they are activated from the superadmin dashboard… A link with explanations: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/ultimate-guide-multisite/
        I use an extension call WordPress MU Domain Mapping to to map the blog/site to another domain…

  3. ATRYNA says:

    This article very nice and can help us to manage some of my sites. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Arturo says:

    How do Multisite affect SEO ranking and what’s the best subdomain or subfolder?

    • Search engines such as Google consider sites in subdirectories to be all part of the same site, so mydomain.com/blog is part of mydomain.com and counts towards its SEO. However, sites in subdomains are considered as different sites and do not count towards the SEO of the main site, so blog.mydomain.com is a different site to mydomain.com.

  5. sounds all great but I didn’t found the answer to my question. in my case I’ve my website already online for years but a couple weeks ago I found 2 new domains that I want to use but those are not the typical domain names you normally see.

    my main domain is soharddbwarez.com and my new domains are soharddbwarez.host and soharddbwarez.download, I only bought them to make sure those are reserved for me because it looks nice and branded but I don’t know what to do with the new domains and I don’t even know if these domains can be used just as any other domain.

    My problem will be resolved if I knew that I could just point those domains to my main website to a specific page within the wordpress installation or for safety reasons use those domains to point to a folder on the server outside of wordpress.

    Do you have any answers?

  6. rodinux says:

    Yes you may create a multisite, you then create 2 others sites as subdomains like anythingyouwant.soharddbwarez.com and foo.soharddbwarez.com,
    then using an extension call WordPress MU Domain Mapping to to map the blog/site to another domain. You can redirect each site to another adress with their ID. you need to redirect each site with two redirection on primary for http://www.soharddbwarez.host and one secondary for soharddbwarez.host.

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