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How to manage multiple websites and domains on WordPress

Option 1: Multisite

  • What it is: This is a built-in WordPress feature that lets you create a network of websites under one WordPress installation. Each site can have its own domain name and content, but they share the same core files, plugins, and themes.
  • Pros: Saves disk space, simplifies updates (update plugins and themes once for all sites), and offers a central management dashboard.
  • Cons: Requires some technical knowledge for setup, less customization for individual sites compared to separate installations, and if one site gets hacked, it can affect all sites.
  • Best for: Users comfortable with some technical setup who want a centralized and resource-efficient way to manage similar websites.

Option 2: Managed WordPress Hosting with Multi-Site Management

  • What it is: Many web hosting providers offer managed WordPress hosting plans with built-in features for managing multiple sites. These can include a simplified multisite setup process and a custom dashboard to manage updates, security, and backups for all your sites.
  • Pros: Easier setup than manual multisite, often includes additional features like security and backups, and allows for some level of individual site management.
  • Cons: May cost more than basic hosting, and level of customization might be limited by the provider’s tools.
  • Best for: Users who want a user-friendly, all-in-one solution for managing multiple WordPress sites without extensive technical knowledge.

Option 3: Separate WordPress Installations

  • What it is: This involves installing WordPress separately for each website on your hosting account. Each site has its own set of core files, plugins, and themes.
  • Pros: Offers the most flexibility for individual site customization and easier to set up compared to multisite.
  • Cons: Requires managing updates, security, and backups for each site individually, and can be more resource-intensive on your hosting plan.
  • Best for: Users who need complete control over each site’s configuration and don’t mind managing them separately.

Choosing the Right Option:

  • Consider your technical comfort level.
  • If you have similar websites and want a centralized approach, multisite or managed multisite hosting could be ideal.
  • If you need maximum control and customization, separate installations might be better.

Additional Tips:

  • Regardless of the method, use a secure password manager to keep track of login credentials for each site.
  • Regularly back up your websites to prevent data loss.
  • Consider using a security plugin to help protect your sites from malware and hacking attempts.

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