How to setup base domain website NOT site admin AND keep base domain name

Maybe this is a rookie Multisite question but we registered a domain name say http://multisite.com and had a VPS server setup using this domain name and installed WP then enabled Multisite.

So on the “main website” http://multisite.com” we want a website like Edublog.org to advertise and sell our services and we are going to use different themes than Farm100 and plugins like Gravity Forms.

But when we enable on the site admin they are enabled for non-supporters etc..

So I suspect the answer is using a different WP install for the base site so we have freedom to change/update themes plugins without affecting our network… correct?

If correct is it easy to rename our entire site something like http://network.multisite.com so we can move the base http://multisite.com to another web server?

Maybe there’s a better way?

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi bobrandklev,

    Interesting scenario! If you could manually activate a plugin or group of plugins on a single site (in your case the main site), would that resolve the matter? I’m just wondering if that might be a possible solution to explore.

    Cheers,

    David

  • Bob Randklev
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Sorry not following your suggestion and I may not be explaining my needs.

    On the main site http://multisite.com we want the ability to add themes/plugins and enable them but we don’t want these themes/plugins to show up on the network.

    When you sign up for a site on our network the name would be http://site1.multisite.com

    So how do we create the main or base website to sell the services but be able to use a custom theme/premium plugins without offering to our entire network?

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi bobrandklev,

    Sorry for the delay here. I was trying to see if there’s a viable alternative using the Multisite Plugin Manager, but it simply doesn’t work along with Supporter.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-plugin-manager/

    Supporter is in the process of a major update, and perhaps that will cover this itself.

    For the time being, I’m not sure how else it could be done other than you first described. I’ll mention it to some of the guys over here though, in case they might know of some way to do it.

    Thanks,

    David

  • Bob Randklev
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Is there anyway to redirect the root website to another server/website… I know there are redirect plugins and but I want it to be transparent and of course we still need to login as site and network admin.

    I’d like to have a home website to advertise our services and do what we want with plugins/themes and redirect to the multisite server running supporter?

  • Bob Randklev
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Ok after digging deeper I think I have this figured out. Part was my inexperience with Supporter and now we fixed the other problems, I can see how this will work.

    We can add all the plugins we like and network activate but under supporter plugins we set them to “none” and the network won’t have access to them… perfect

    If we use a Premium or custom built theme on the main site, it will be available to free and premium network sites as we have to make it active for our main site.

    So my only “problem” is if we use a premium framework like Builder or Thesis this could create a support problem for our network of sites as these are difficult themes to understand.

    Maybe there’s something else I’m missing or another way to use a theme on the main website and block it from the network accessing and using it?

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi bobrandklev,

    I believe the theme situation’s a bit easier. If you navigate to Network Admin > Sites and choose to Edit the site in question (the main one), you can navigate to the Themes tab and choose to Enable themes from there, essentially on a site by site basis.

    Would that work for you?

    Cheers,

    David

  • Bob Randklev
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Thanks David, wow my inexperience with multisite, this is what we need for themes on our main site. So now I can control plugins and theme for the main site.

    Of course this brings up another question: Can we selectively add plugins to a specific network sites?

    We were thinking of only offering membership to those who pay an additional upgrade and we’d manually enable on a per site basis? Possible?

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