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multisites possible?

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6 January 2009 at 1:59pm Community Member, 4 Posts


I started to play right now with SilverStripe, going thru the tutorials and looks very promissing.

Does possible manage several websites, different domain names, from the same set of code? The idea is keep as simple as possible to maintain many sites. Those sites would have different contents and use different templates, if possible also could have different admin and users.



6 January 2009 at 2:27pm 4085 Posts

I have about 15 clients all running on the same SS codebase. Really easy to do...

-Somewhere above the web root create a silverstripe directory. I use /var/ss.

-In that directory, put sapphire, jsparty, and cms.

-Now, in your virtual host directory, just have the mysite folder and assets.

-Create symbolic links for sapphire, jsparty, and cms.

-Edit the .htaccess to include FollowSymLinks on (might want to check that spelling).

-Make sure the directives for your virtual host have an open_basedir restriction for /var/ss lifted.

Works great. Huge timesaver, and much, much cleaner. Especially if you're using source control. Let me know if you have any questions.


6 January 2009 at 4:32pm Administrator, 685 Posts

The other thing that you might find useful is the subsites module:


7 January 2009 at 12:22am Community Member, 4 Posts


I don't know yet the whole SilverStrip terminology to understand in detail UncleCheese suggestion.

Sam I've found before that post, but I was not sure if that its only for subdomains within one domain or could be used for several domains:,, Does possible?

Thanks to both


7 January 2009 at 12:50am Community Member, 4 Posts


I created a couple of subsites in the way: testSite and testSite2

I'm following instructions here:

At this point it said...

Once you have created and saved your new subsite, go back to the Site Content section. In the top-right, there should be a dropdown listing the two subsites - “Main site” is the original site that you had before you installed the subsites module. Select your new subsite, and the site content tree will be updated. It should be empty at this stage.

But I don't see any dropdown list of subsites at any place in Site Content.


By the way am working under Vista with WAMP.


7 January 2009 at 3:48am (Last edited: 7 January 2009 3:49am), 4085 Posts

The subsites module doesn't serve the purpose that you're looking for. It's designed to support different site views, but shared content and assets. You're talking about hosting many different unrelated sites.

If you have SSH access to your box, the way I mapped out for you is fairly easy. I can write out all the unix commands for you if you want.

ohh.. you're on windows.. hmm.. never mind. Well, when you get it off your local machine and up to a Linux box, you can do it.


7 January 2009 at 7:27am Community Member, 4 Posts

Hi UncleCheese,

I'm doing testing on my laptop, but could move onto a linux server. Production server will be linux.

If you give a more detailed approach would help me a lot.

Thanks in advance


20 January 2009 at 11:50am Community Member, 7 Posts

Hi, I currently use Drupal and have 200 web sites using one installation of Drupal and one mySQL.

I use Site5 to host my sites.

It takes about 30 seconds to set up a new web site and there is never any problems with intermixing other web sites.

Can SS do this?

I don't speak Geek and would love a dumbed down version of how to do this on SS.

Thanks for any help,


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