Setting up you 2nd WordPress Site

I need some advice, because I'm not finding a clear answer. I already have one WordPress site which is hosted on Bluehost, but how do I set up a 2nd WordPress site? I need the site to use a different theme. The two site will be different in many ways, but will share some core components as well. Can a fresh install of WordPress be installed on a subdomain, or are there better solutions? I appreciate any help you may provide.

  • Arnold
    • El Macho WP

    On Bluehost and most other Shared hosting with cPanel you can make an Add On domain for any domain you like and install a completely separate WP there. It will typically be in a subdirectory of your public_html.

    If you're going to do a lot of them sharing many attributes you could look inot setting up Multisite,

  • Timothy Bowers
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey SayItComm, welcome to the WPMU Dev Community.

    Just to build upon what Arnold advised.

    WordPress Multisite will allow you run an unlimited of websites from one installation. Each site can have its own theme, plugins and settings. You can even use plugins like our domain name mapping plugin to give it its very own domain.

    By default you can have:

    domain.com
    subsite1.domain.com
    subsite2.domain.com

    Or

    domain.com
    domain.com/subsite1
    domain.com/subsite2

    Its one or the other though. :slight_smile:

    You could then use full domains on those subsites with the following plugin:

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

    To set up a multisite installation then checkout the following:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/wpmu-manual/creating-a-network-to-enable-wordpress-multisite/

    and:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

    I hope this helps.

    Take care.

  • ThePath
    • The Bug Hunter

    Hi all and welcome SayItComm,

    Yeh good advise here. Depends on how many sites you will be starting.

    As Arnold say you can add a sub domain feature through cpanel on bluehost and add another install, if you only have access to one database then you can even use the same DB for the new install of WP. Just remember and change the DB prefix before install!

    Multisite has to be in your root folder so if you currently have a WP site installed there then you will have to convert it to a multisite install which Timothy has given you a link for I think.

    Certainly making it multisite will be a big time saver as you could start a new site in just a few clicks! It will also save you webspace too as you will be sharing plugins etc network wide. I think the only drawback would be not all plugins play nicely in multisite so you may wish to check that out.

    Cheers

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