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Using Several Wordpress Installations To Run 1 Large Site

6:50 pm on May 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I guess the topic title says it all. My site split into 10 categories made up of news items, articles, general information, and product reviews. Currently it is run using a mix of HTML (Most of the articles are on static html pages) and 4 Wordpress installations (2 of those acting as product reviews with star rating system, and 1 as a news/magazine for angling news).

My site is getting ever larger and would no doubt benefit from better management of content. Just writing a new article is a choir in terms of creating menus items and ftp uploads. I have a good working knowledge of WP. I dont want to run the whole site through one wp installation. The reason is I dont think it will handle the sheer size of the site as each category is like a site in itself.

Would it be acceptable to run each site area on its own installation of WP ? I read somewhere that google likes flat sites rather than lots of subfolders. Are there any reasons I shouldnt run my site on multiple wp installations ? ? What are the pros and cons of running a site this way.

Also how easy will the 301 redirects be on already existing individual pages.

[edited by: ergophobe at 10:13 pm (utc) on May 7, 2009]
[edit reason] removed KWs that could lead to personal site [/edit]

10:16 pm on May 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You could use an install of WordpressMU - that would help with maintainence and such.

>> google likes flat sites rather than lots of subfolders

Don't confuse navigational structure and filesystem structure. Think of it in terms of how many hops from any given page to any other page, rather than folder depth, which is mostly irrelevant.

The issue is the crawlability of your site - can Google find all your pages? If it has to make five hops from the home page to the content pages, you can't expect a non-authority site to get well-indexed, even if all the pages are in one folder.

2:28 pm on May 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The reason is I dont think it will handle the sheer size of the site as each category is like a site in itself.

I second the WordpressMU recommendation. It is used to run Wordpress.com with millions of sites, so it could handle your issue.