3 Steps to Managing Multiple Domains With WordPress!

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21 thoughts on “3 Steps to Managing Multiple Domains With WordPress!

  1. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....Huh, what.....sorry , I was napping :-)

    Hey thanks for the complete process to set up multiple domains with WordPress. I really though it would be harder.

    Brian Ankner

  2. Thanks for that, I love reading your articles I learn so much and it shapes my actions and online activities to be so much more efficient. I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere, Truly thanks again :)

  3. I was really pleased when WordPress announced this but a little confused when I found out they made it so technical to get working.... I am yet to try it but this looks like a perfect guide to getting it working.

  4. Hi Arindam,
    I've just converted my blog from Blogger to WordPress and choosing the right plugins is an absolute minefield. Whilst only wanting one blog for now (!), your plugin list has made interesting reading.
    Thanks!
    Emma
    p.s. Please don't keep referring to your posts as 'boring' - they're not, and a little positive thinking goes a long way :)

    1. Hi Emma,

      Welcome back (after a long time??). :D

      >>Please don’t keep referring to your posts as ‘boring’ – they’re not, and a little positive thinking goes a long way

      Actually a friend and regular reader privately told me she was bored only this time coz she did not understand what I am saying here. I guess it must be way too technical for her! ;)

  5. I am bored. I did not understand a word you said. If this works on sub domains did I read right it will not work on addon domains? and do you have to MU and what does MU stand for? Multi Use?

    I have put up several blogs on the addon side of things and using a somewhat complicated Theme that does a lot of things. FlexSqueeze. I looked at yours. How do you monetize it with adsense? or can you?

    I kinda like it, as it seem simple enough, is it?

    Thanks for the kind info. Maybe after I wake up and yawn a couple of times I can digest it better.

    Justin

  6. While I have your attention. I think I asked once, but I slept once since then. Is there a difference in the way the search engines look at a site rating in subdomains and addon domains?

    I put one addon up about a week ago (the one above) and it is indexed but no where to be found up to first 500 showings and that is with extensive pinging and social posting and even some articles floating round out there that rate well on searches.
    Thanks, Justin

    1. @Justin,

      >> If this works on sub domains did I read right it will not work on add-on domains?

      It WILL work on addon domains and that IS exactly what this article discusses! ;) You just need to "park" the domains u want to add (instead of adding them as "add-on" domains) as I mentioned in this article. :)

      >>and do you have to MU and what does MU stand for? Multi Use?

      The current WordPress is MU anyway. This article is for wp 3.0.1. If u don't want to use MU, u can go back to wp 2.9.2 :)

      >>How do you monetize it with Adsense? or can you?

      Use advertising manager plugin. ;)
      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advertising-manager/

      >> Is there a difference in the way the search engines look at a site rating in sub domains and add-on domains?

      Add-on domains are same as domains; the only difference is the way you add them to ur server, otherwise they function just the same. For example: arindamchakraborty.com is a domain, but fatlossplr.com is an addon domain. :) Sub-domains r basically assistants of the domains :)

      I have a couple of seo articles on this (maybe that is the question u wanted to ask):

      http://arindamchakraborty.com/search-engine-optimization-demystified-part-1
      http://arindamchakraborty.com/google-treats-sub-domains-differently-here-is-how

      >>I put one addon up about a week ago (the one above) and it is indexed but no where to be found up to first 500 showings and that is with extensive pinging and social posting and even some articles floating round out there that rate well on searches.

      Backlinks my friend, build 500 backlinks ;-) (kidding, but u need backlinks for getting ranked high in SEs, anyway)

      U can choose not to do pinging, u can choose not to do rss directory submissions, u can choose not to do any article marketing...

      But backlinks r a MUST! And QUALITY backlinks at that!

  7. Thanks, now to get this straight, I can park my Sub-domains and they act just like domains. If they are already active as
    subdomain.domain.com I can park them and they will work as
    subdomain.com. No?

    I know, I am dense a box of rocks. :)

  8. I guess I had a brain fart there, I had confused Sub domains with Add-on domains. I even went to check a bit ago and see if I had been doing my Subs in the Addon box. I don't suppose it would work, but I was spooked a bit ago and thought maybe I was doing just that. I'll be reading your links. Thanks for the help.

    I was using confusing addon domains with subdomain and subdomains with subfolders when I asked the above question.

    SO I guess the question do subdomains rank better than subfolders. Does that clear the mud a bit :)?

  9. thanks that quick comeback. Can you point me to some network information so I an maybe get up to speed on that as for the good purpose for it. I guess there is or you would not have written this post. ;).

    Thanks

    1. >>Can you point me to some network information

      Sorry I did not quite get you. Does your question relate to wordpress or backlinks? ;)

  10. I am using wordpress on most of the sub's. I guess it would only be able to network them if they are wordpress. Is there an advantage to doing a network with them?

  11. >>Is there an advantage to doing a network with them?

    Well the advantage is that u can manage multiple blogs (they can be installed either in subfolders, subdomains or domains) from within a single blog. Imagine managing 100 individual blogs, their themes, plugins, etc, and compare that with managing all those 100 blogs from within a single blog. The advantage is basically "centralization" and "time saving". Of course the "centralization" is only partial as you would still need to go into each individual blog to write posts for that blog, as I indicated in this article. ;) If you have no issue doing what u r already doing then why try to fix anything that isn't broken yet? :)

    My 2 cents anyway.

  12. I have successfully enabled multisite, installed MU Domain Mapping and added a second site mapped to a new domain. Everything is working fine, but I have a question about privacy:

    My original site is my business site and the new site is entirely personal, and supposed to be anonymous. However, when you watch the browser’s (firefox) path to the new site while it loads (in the address bar at the bottom), you can see it hit the original site address just before the plugin maps it to the new site domain. Occasionally when the servers are busy you can see “waiting for originalsite.com” before it gets mapped.

    Is there any way to keep visitors to the new site from ever seeing the address of the original site?

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