We're looking to expand the concept of "Inspector Pages"

We’re looking to expand the concept of “Inspector Pages” to other industries (i.e., “Plumber pages”:wink:.

Do you know if/how the *entire* website and functionality can be replicated?

ie, Could I copy an image of the installation, change the domain pointing to it and the name, and I’m all good? Or is it far more complicated than that?

Would you have any general tips/pointers on how I’d start going about this? Or be able to completely tell me how?

Somebody (I believe incorrectly) created a subdomain for one of the new ‘industries’ (profitnesspages.inspectorpages.com), but this isn’t what I’m trying to do, as it’s not logically separate from Inspector Pages.

Cheers,

Lloyd

  • propages
    • New Recruit

    Hi Jack!

    Basically, we are a business called inspectorpages.com, and home inspectors sign up for web hosting specifically made for home inspectors (themes to do with homes, stock text to do with home inspections, etc.), and there’s a whole really great system we had built half-bespokely on pro sites.

    We’re looking to expand the business model into other industries, so we’ve purchased the domain profitnesspages.com, which will be almost the same concept as inspectorpages.com (sign up for your own website, etc.), but specific to the personal trainers industry.

    I’m a coder myself, and multisite isn’t my strong point, however, I know this:

    We had a coder come in to set up profitnesspages.com, but what he did was create a subdomain on inspectorpages.com (profitnesspages.inspectorpages.com).

    This isn’t desirable for a few reasons.

    What I’d like is for profitnesspages.com to basically be a copy of the inspectorpages.com installation (we use wpengine and have room for another site on there), so that we can start to customize profitnesspages.com independent of inspectorpages.com, and the two won’t affect eachother.

    I was wondering how to even start going about this!

    :smiley:

    Cheers,

    Lloyd

  • Jack Kitterhing
    • Code Norris

    Hi there Lloyd,

    Thanks for the additional information, much appreciated, I’m glad you didn’t start to go with the sub domain on your current main domain, as it wouldn’t have worked, as with a multisite install, you can’t have a sub domain of a sub domain, WordPress will create it, but it won’t work correctly :slight_smile:

    There’s a couple of options here, I can go into a bit more detail depending on which sort of one you’d like to go with :slight_smile:

    You could either, export your whole current main site from the multisite and then take import that into a new database with all relevant files and structures, I wouldn’t really recommend this way myself.

    I would personally create the new multisite, then actually have your other site open in another window with all the files, transfer any needed files across including any custom code you want, then you can go through and replicate every setting, this is really the better way, as you then wouldn’t risk DB issues with the export/import etc.

    What do you think on that?

    Thank you!

    Kind Regards

    Jack.

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    • New Recruit

    Hi Jack,

    Option two does sound more desirable, but I was (and am) a little paranoid about there being a huge pandora’s box of weird specialist coding that would all break on a new install (and then I’d be annoying everybody with support tickets galore!).

    In saying that, I don’t think it was coded by newbies, so, it’s probably robust enough to handle a fresh install with a slightly different setup.

    What would recommend as the first steps, with option two?

    Regards,

    Lloyd

  • Jack Kitterhing
    • Code Norris

    Hi there Lloyd,

    There’s a great guide on Multisite in general here https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-multisite-guide/ with advice on installing etc and any problems let me know :slight_smile: I think on WPEngine if I remember correctly, you choose Multisite at install from their control panel, though don’t quote me on that :slight_smile:

    I think once multisite has been installed, the next step would be to get the theme installed and looking how you want, for this you may wish to copy over your theme from the current site from wp-content/themes in case it has custom coding or is that just the site?

    Once this is done get all the plugins you wan installed, again copying them across if they have custom code in the plugin files and then this should give a good starting point for customizations :slight_smile:

    Please let me know if you need any further advice/assistance, I’m here to help.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Kind Regards

    Jack.

  • propages
    • New Recruit

    Hi Jack,

    Thanks for this.

    I read the link you sent, and have started the process, but, things don’t quite look right (no “sites” section, and no “network” when hovering over “my sites” in the top left).

    I am trying to put Pro Sites on the installation too – but I don’t know how to put WPMU things onto the site.

    Could I give you the logins to let you see the state of things and better advise?

    Regards,

    Lloyd

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