Install multiple separate networks on in subdomains of the same top level domain

I have read that networks need to be on a top level domain, however, I wish to have several networks on the same top level domain and place each of these networks on subdomains of that top level domain. If the networks are on subdomains, will the network be stable and will it work?

  • Mason
    • DEV MAN’s Sidekick

    Hiya,

    Coming in WordPress 3.5 you can install Multisite Networks in any sub-domain or sub-directory you like. In fact, the latest betas already include this feature.

    If you want networks that are connected (having a root “hub” of plugins, themes, and settings) then you’ll want to look at a plugin like this one:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-multi-network/

    Hope this helps. Let us know if you need anything further!

  • synergy3c
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    Thanks Mason. I have been reading the forums about multi-network plugins and have seen that WPMUDev has not tested their plugins on a multi-network or networks+ installation. So I am a bit concerned about using it. I do not need each network to be connected to each other, they can be separated. However, it would be great if a user could go to the top level domain, sign in once and then be redirected to their admin site wherever in whichever subdmomain network their site resides.

    So, if you now have knowledge as to the stability of using WP 3.5 in a subdomain and also with a networks+ (or the like) plugin, then I’d appreciate your advice. Also, this question relates to a larger query I have made about using multiple domains for the one WP network (one for backend and one for frontend at https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/trying-to-use-two-domains-for-my-install-one-tld-for-the-frontend-and-the-other-for-the-backend)

    Perhaps this may give you more isight? Thanks

  • sean_hyne
    • New Recruit

    @hiya, thats good too know 3.5 includes that. But sounds redundant if we already have the Multisite plugins you have created. Can you see any reason to use the native 3.5 Multisite settings AND/OR yours (Domain mapping Plugin)?

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/domain-mapping/

    Your 1.WP-multi-network plugin reference above, can we use it with this one below?

    2. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/networks-for-wordpress/

    Trying to resist the urge of overdoing it, so any input even with other options is appreciated.

    Will it conflict with your Domain mapping Plugin, if I use either of the 2 above?

    The reason I ask, I am almost at the point as a programmer, thinking that some of these root level Multisite mngmt. plugins will Conflict with each other and not work, isn’t that true?

    THanks!!

  • Mason
    • DEV MAN’s Sidekick

    The networks plugin is a totally separate beast. If you need multiple networks then it’s the way to go. You will most likely run into compatibility issues though and for most projects I find this level of complexity is not needed.

    Thanks.

  • sean_hyne
    • New Recruit

    Hello, thank you mason for the input. These compatibility issues may not be worth the consolidation. I am running 200 total sites, mostly in 3 different installs, mainly because of the different plugins that need to be running, so sounds like try ing to do 3 Multi-networks in one WP install is NOT worth it.

    If only reason to run plugin “Networks for WordPress” is to avoid maintenance of 3 different sites, then I guess I’ll skip. But does “WP Multi Network” your initial recommendation, have compatibility issues? Make sense you think, am on the right page? Its hard to tell the difference between these.

    Thanks

  • Mason
    • DEV MAN’s Sidekick

    Hiya,

    Networks for WordPress and WP Multi-Network do the same thing. I’ve played with Multi-Network but never the other one. It does make things more complex.

    With my own individual WordPress installs I use a service called ManageWP. You install their plugin on each of your sites and they provide you with a single interface to view all the stats about your sites and even push upgrades of all plugins/themes through one area. It’s a real time-saver and would be much easier to setup than a multi-network.

    They do have premium levels but I believe you can do 3 sites on their free package. Check ’em out: http://managewp.com

    Thanks.

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hiya, just going through some of the older threads here.

    As it’s been a little while since we last heard from you I thought I’d check in to see how you’re going?

    If you’re still looking for some further assistance with this thread then please feel free to reopen the thread or of course for any new and related issues you are most welcome to open a new thread.

    Thanks.

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