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Mulitple Site Development


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2 February 2009 at 1:36pm Community Member, 50 Posts

This is my first venture into web site design, although I have been involved in software development and customisation, so I am still learning how to structure your system. I want to be able to develop multiple sites at the same time. At the most basic level I want to have a separate development and production versions of a web site. I realise that you have the ability to have draft facility in the CMS but that is not sufficient. Both content and the structure of each site need to have the capability of being completely independent.

How do I go about this?


2 February 2009 at 4:00pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

For working on multiple sites (are you talking about on a server or just on your computer?) we normally just have a totally new install for each site. If you want to manage multiple sites via 1 CMS then the subsites module is what you are looking for but this is currently in alpha state and not ready for general release.


3 February 2009 at 3:23am (Last edited: 3 February 2009 3:24am), 4085 Posts

The subsites module is more for developing related sites, as I understand it, under one domain. I think a much better option for you is to set up a shared install above your web root and symlink all your sites to sapphire, jsparty, and cms. Then each virtual host just needs a mysite and assets folder. Pretty easy to do.

For staging domains, just set up as a sandbox area and then when you go live you can migrate the changes to SVN is a big help in managing the versioning.


3 February 2009 at 11:55am Community Member, 50 Posts

My initial requirement is for the development work that I am doing on my local machine. Is a separate MySQL database required for each site?


3 February 2009 at 11:57am Community Member, 50 Posts

Your suggestions sound like they might do what I looking for however the terminology is foreign to me. Could explain in step by step plain english what I need to do?