I have a number of websites and am wondering about choosing Multi-site. My main site is restministries.com and then there are a number of smaller ones. A large one will be our social network platform (moving from Ning.com to buddypress.) I have a VPS at Hostgator.
I have had a company working on my buddypress site and after 40 hours we have now discovered that the theme (X2 from themekraft) has a bug conflict with the BBPress plugin, which messes up my Groups function. This prohibits us from using this theme now. (ThemeKraft has been contacted, it is waaaaay down the list of their priorities to fix). I MUST have groups and forums for my buddypress site.
QUESTION: At this time, I do not want to give members of the social network the ability to create their own blogs, but I am thinking since I will have to do a lot of tweaking with a new buddypress site--or have the company I hired do it--maybe it would be the time to move to a multi-site.
There are many plugins I would like to use that are MS. In time, I may allow people to have their own blogs (they currently do at Ning and will be frustrated they don't have this option when we transition). It would also be easier for my own sanity.
* What are the drawbacks? Benefits?
* Can each domain name have its own theme? (I believe it is a yes, but want to make sure)
* How involved is it? If I was to hire someone who knows what they are doing, about how many hours can I expect them to say this job would take?
* Are there any other questions I should be asking that I may not be aware of?
In my head, when I became aware of multisite I immediately knew this was something that we should do... however, I was halfway into building my BuddyPress site and didn't want to do anything to mess it up. I couldn't take a bigger learning curve at the time. Now, since I will be changing themes for my buddypress site--which is not live yet--and my sites continue to grow, it seems like the logical next step.
Thanks so much!