New customer.

New customer. Made the choice to use GoDaddy's Managed Hosting for security and less resource restraints. WP MU not supported. Any suggestions on plugins, etc. for domain mapping , using Buddypress, and other shared resources with separate domains NOT in multisite? Thanks!

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey Bruce,

    Hope you're doing well today! Welcome to the WPMU DEV Community :slight_smile:

    Majority of our plugins work in single sites too. Domain Mapping doesn't, as it's meant for mapping subsites. I'm not sure you would need something like domain mapping on a single site as you can just use your chosen domain to begin with - unless I'm misunderstanding the question?

    If you can give some details on what you're wanting to do then I can give some more specific suggestions :slight_smile:

    If you're wanting to share users from one master to site to several single sites then you can use this plugin: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wordpress-user-synchronization/

    If you're wanting to connect together several single sites to manage updates then perhaps looking into something like this would be a good way to go: https://wordpress.org/plugins/mainwp/

    Hope this helps! Look forward to hearing back.

    All the best,
    Tyler

  • Bruce

    Great info - sounds like that plugin is exactly what I need. Where and when do I declare the master site? (After I get the plugin or somewhere else?)

    Also, GoDaddy doesn't seem to like your proprietary dashboard. You know from experience that it won't work on GoDaddy Managed Hosting? I'll ask them too - just taking a shot that you might know.

    And suggestions for the easiest way to download php and MySQL on my laptop so I can run WordPress locally?

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey Bruce,

    Thanks for the reply. Once you install User Sync and activate it you will declare whether that site is a master site or slave site. You can only have 1 master site per group - you can have as many slave sites linked to that master site as you like.

    Also, GoDaddy doesn't seem to like your proprietary dashboard. You know from experience that it won't work on GoDaddy Managed Hosting? I'll ask them too - just taking a shot that you might know.

    I haven't heard of this actually, what is the issue? Is it giving an error? Asking GoDaddy is a good idea, but we can also help with that as well so if you do still need further help with it just let us know whats happening and what GoDaddy said(if anything helpful).

    And suggestions for the easiest way to download php and MySQL on my laptop so I can run WordPress locally?

    I use XAMPP and it works well: https://www.apachefriends.org/index.html

    We have an installation guide on our blog too: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-to-install-wordpress-locally-for-pcwindows-with-xampp/

    Another option is DesktopServer: https://serverpress.com/

    From what I hear DesktopServer is super easy to setup and has built in features for WordPress so you can easily setup sites.

    XAMPP has a bit more involved installation process, but I never had any issues with it - the guide Rae wrote in that article I linked above is a really good one too.

    XAMPP is free with no limits, and DesktopServer has a free limited version and then a paid unlimited version - as you see here: https://serverpress.com/get-desktopserver/

    There are other options as well but those 2 seem to be popular :slight_smile:

    Hope that helps!

    Cheers,
    Tyler

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