Multiple MarketPress Stores In Multisite

I was able to follow directions for activating my WordPress for multisite, but once I was in it, I didn't know how to accomplish the following:
I have an online store for one of my customers already on my website. I made the store with the MarketPress plug in. What I want to do is create the following stores as well, all contained under the Blue Dog umbrella.

Holiday Cards (would be http://www.getbluedog.com/holiday-cards)

Tshirts (would be http://www.getbluedog.com/tshirts)

Mary C Howse Spiritwear (would be http://www.getbluedog.com/mchspirit)

East Bradford Elementary Spiritwear (would be http://www.getbluedog.com/ebspirit)

I would want all of the "substores" to keep the same Tempera theme and keep the same look that I currently have for the Balfour Beatty store.

  • aristath
    • Recruit

    Hello there @debi and welcome to the WPMUDEV Community!

    I'm afraid I don't quite understand what the issue is...
    Does MarketPress not work for you on your multisite for multiple stores?
    Or are you looking for a way to "clone" the Balfour store and then tweak it to create the others?

    Please advise,
    Ari.

  • debi
    • New Recruit

    1. Yes to cloning the store and tweaking it to create others (I know there is a CLONER plugin, but it seems to address multiple domains).
    2. I don't want to create whole new sites, just subdirectories, but since my site is older than 1 month, I am forced to create subdomains. Honestly, I don't understand the difference, other than I want the stores to be individual LINKS in my top menu bar. For example, one link would say "Holiday Cards" and the user would click on it and bring them to a cloned version of the Balfour store, but with holiday cards.
    3. perhaps I don't even need multisite? Just a way to create multiple STORES on my existing site?

  • Dev4
    • Champion of Loops

    If you are the owner of all of the stores, one thing you could do is just have one store, but show only the tshirt category on one page, and the cards directory on another.

    The best way to set this up, depends on what you are trying to do.

    You are not really forced to stick with subdomains either... It mostly depends on how much work you have put in to subdomain sites.

    It may be early enough to still switch if you want to, (if you do not have subdomain sites yet, switching to subdir is not a problem)

  • aristath
    • Recruit

    Hello again @debi,

    I would suggest you use the New Blog Templates plugin: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/new-blog-template/
    This will allow you to set the "Balfour" store as the "template" site that all other sites will use when they are being created.

    I would love to know how to switch from subdomains to subdirectories. How do I do that?

    In your wp-config.php file you will find a line that looks like this:
    define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', true);
    just change that line to this:
    define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', false);
    If you already have sites on the network, you will have to manually edit the database and change their URLs to use subfolders instead of subdomains.
    You may want to use this script to do that: https://interconnectit.com/products/search-and-replace-for-wordpress-databases/

    After you complete this step, you will have to update your .htaccess rules.
    To see the htaccess rules you need, go to /wp-admin/network/setup.php

    I hope that helps!

    Cheers,
    Ari.

  • Dev4
    • Champion of Loops

    I think you would need to build a custom menu rather than using the default one that includes all off the categories. You can create menus where you name each category that shows up.

    Looking at your site i am thinking i may have steered you wrong.
    Not technically, but business-wise...
    It looks like the balfour beatty store is completely dis related from your other business. You might consider setting it up asa separate store after all... Maybe even on its own domain.

    Or if this is a subset of items all from the same core business that is only available to a specific group of customers, you might be able to keep them all in one store... And then use the membership plugin to limit who sees those items..

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