I am going to rebuild my sites from scratch as a new multisite installation so I can share user profiles, logins, and certain content across the group of sites. The initial sites will all be my own business sites (www.edsvcs.com, http://www.edfocus.com, http://www.genedacademy.com), with a combination of public content and private content available only to registered users/members. My intent is to also create additional private sites for certain clients with access limited to their employees and me (but not the public or other clients).
I am fully confident WPMUDEV is the right partner ... but there seems to be some overlap in your plugins so I am not clear on which plugins to use. Pro Sites seems to have it all, but then I see messages in the community about installing Pro Sites along with Domain Mapping and Multi Domains ... do I use them all together or is that redundant?
A couple relevant questions:
1 - I think the subdomain configuration makes most sense. Most of my sites will have clean domain names mapped (www.edsvcs.com, http://www.edfocus.com, http://www.genedacademy.com) but client sites likely will not and will just use the designated subdomain (e.g. client.edsvcs.com or otherclient.edfocus.com). Is there any reason to prefer subdomain or subfolder?
2 - I have been very happy with performance of my host (SiteGround) in combination with CloudFlare Pro but it isn't clear how this works with a MU install. I see several articles in the forums about over the past several years but seem to favor different approaches. Are you aware of a best practice guide or reference configuration that reflects current state of WPMU, CF, and your plugins?
3 - I saw notice of your pending hosting services. The price I saw is too steep for me, but do you offer consulting and installation/configuration services to get me setup properly on my current host (SiteGround)? I'm not married to that host but have been happy with them and their pricing is good. I won't use BlueHost or HostGator ... bad experience with both. I plan to continue my WPMUDEV subscription and it's not clear how much of this types of support that includes.