I've been developing for Wordpress for years, but really never got into WPMU or Network sites much. My vague understanding of WP Network is that I can house multiple sites under a single installation, so to speak.
I'm considering a service where we would provide a certain clientele with a website with modified/custom theme, additional services, maintenance, etc. This is being thought-out with Network in mind, where we could quickly spin up a new website for a new signup without needing to install Wordpress in a separate hosting area from scratch. Mainly because their hosting costs and everything is part of a monthly subscription model.
- What do I need to be aware of when working within the scope of WP Network?
- Do I have any MySQL expansion/sizing concerns as we scale?
- Monitoring Apache processes may become difficult I'd imagine, since each site will execute on a server as the main installation's Apache user...so I'm curious how you track down abusers in a typical scenario.
- Anything else or any other "gotchas" that I'm simply not thinking about yet?
The main benefit to us is that we can keep everyone up to date concurrently, and not need to manage a separate network of installations, constantly wondering "who's outdated and vulnerable to attack".