We are getting ready to launch a Direct Sales Home Party division of our company.
We have decided to use WordPress Multisite to provide our Independent Instructors with replicated sites.
I have been trying to work out the best way to set things up... and would love any direction or advice you could provide.
Below is a rundown of where we're at right now in our thought process.
Individuals who want to become instructors will signup via a Gravity Form on our Parent Site.
Submitting the form will initiate a new site to be replicated automatically for the instructor that just signed up.
From a customers point of view... each replicated site needs to look exactly the same, with one exception.
Each replicated site will have the instructors name, ID#, and contact info in the top bar of each page to let the customer know which instructor the replicated site they are on belongs to.
Each replicated site also needs to access our online shop for customers to make online purchases.
Since the shop and products are exactly the same for each replicated site... we have been advised to only have the shop on the parent site rather than replicating it. (Would you agree?)
To make sure each instructor gets credit for the sales that come form their replicated site... we will be setting up a way to pass required parameters to track things appropriately.
We also have a blog that will have content posted daily, several "large" filterable photo galleries, video tutorials that explain our products and how to use them, and some additional pages as needed to provide the best experience for any customer. This needs to be the same across all replicated sites as well.
When we first launch, we don't really want our instructors to have much control over their replicated site. Ultimately it is meant as a place for them to send their customers to contact them or place an order.
At some point, we do plan to create a gallery page that is unique for each replicated site so that instructors can post pictures of the projects created by themselves or their customers using the products they purchased.
We also plan on providing a way for them to submit testimonials via their replicated site, that we can access from the parent site.
As a side note... we project at least 1000 child sites before the end of the year... and 10,000+ within 5 years.
With all that in mind... I am looking for any advice on the best approach for setting this up.
If this conversation would be easier via a phone call feel free to contact me directly at 208-932-1823
Thanks - Aaron Budge