So, you have a WordPress install, and you’re wondering if you should create a multisite, or do something else. Well, this post is here to try and help you figure that out!
What’s a multisite?
A WordPress multisite allows you to have multiple websites all under a single WordPress install. This means that, for plugins that support it, you only have to manage one plugin that works for both sites, instead of changing all the settings individually, like you would if you had two installs. A multisite can work as either a subdomain(newsite.example.com), or a directory(example.com/newsite).
When should I use it?
If you need two sites, and don’t want the work of managing two separate installs, then a multisite is your solution. However, there is more work involved, and not all plugins are multisite compatible. Before you choose to create a multisite, I recommend you make sure that categories and/or tags will not work for you. If you want a different theme, then you do need a multisite. But, if you’re planning on having the same theme, and just have different posts, then categories may be better for you.
Themes and Plugins
Themes and plugins become a huge problem when you use a WordPress multisite. The super-admin has to install the theme, and then the individual site admin has to activate it. If you’re using a theme that has a page builder, then this isn’t much of a problem, but if you want to have different themes on each site, you have to go to the superadmin dashboard, install it, go to your site dashboard, and activate it. Plugins also work in the same way; plugins that don’t support multisites require you to install the plugin via the superadmin dashboard, and then go to the individual site dashboard to configure it.
Why do I use it?
Well, I use a multisite to host this site, and my personal blog, personal.ofthenerds.com which you should check out :) .Anyways, I do this because I do need a separate website for my personal blog, and I don’t want to handle two completely separate installs, so a multisite fits my needs. But, for most people, stick to categories and a permalink structure like mine:
which allows you to have
/wordpress without the hassle of handling 1 and a half sites(what I think handling a two-site wordpress install is).