Best Multisite Install For Addon Domains and Subdomains?

This will be my first multisite wp install and I want to get it right the first time if possible.

I have 19 domains, 1 primary and the rest are addon domains. I use subdomains on several of the addons and a few on the primary domain.

The host is hostmonster, with a dedicated ip. I have SSL on the primary with subdomains for secure links for credit card processing and others for secure access to facebook, etc.

I also want to host sites for the wp locu embedding http://en.support.wordpress.com/shortcodes/locu/ so, performance needs to be good. Would like to consider what is best for SEO too.

What would be the best multisite configuration for what I am trying to do?

Thanks

Chris

  • Jack Kitterhing
    • Code Norris

    Hi there @Chris

    I hope you are well today and thanks for your question.

    The first part is really going to be picking a good host, we done a review of some hosts here https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-hosting-review-so-just-who-is-the-best/ :slight_smile:

    For example, there are different types of hosts, for example with WPengine, it's fully managed and if you go for the $99 plan, you get the CDN (content delivery network).

    The cache is all setup and preconfigured, it uses nGinx which is super quick and the whole setup is very quick :slight_smile:

    Another question would be, how many sites do you envisage being on the network, for the domains your going to want to look into a domain mapping plugin such as https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/domain-mapping/

    Then for SEO, our Infinite SEO plugin works network wide across all multisite sites. https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wpmu-dev-seo/

    :slight_smile:

    Thanks!

    Kind Regards
    Jack

  • Chris
    • New Recruit

    Hi:

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I've been with HM for 10 years, so will upgrade to the vm host when needed.

    The main traffic will be on a cloud server, so no worries there.

    I may have 200 - 300 domains before I upgrade, but I really don't think that would max out the host. Unless, there are some issues with wp handling that?

    Really, just want to make sure I do the setup right for having addon domains and subdomains on the remainder. I couldn't find that in the documentation I looked at.

    Thanks

    Chris

  • Jack Kitterhing
    • Code Norris

    Hi there Chris,

    Thanks for the additional information.

    That should work fine then, WP won't have a problem with 200-300 sites, though some hosts might depending on the size of the sites in questions.

    Our domain mapping plugin supports add-on domains https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/domain-mapping/

    So when you add a site as a sub domain and then point the domain you want for that to the sub domain, that domain can be a add-on domain and it'll still work perfectly :slight_smile:

    Thank you!

    Kind Regards
    Jack.

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