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Manage multiple websites from one Drupal CMS installation with a multi-site or multi-domain solution

How to create, manage and deploy multiple websites from one Drupal CMS installation – preferably without needing Drupal developers or IT support?

One Shoe | 28 nov 2015

How to create, manage and deploy multiple websites from one Drupal CMS installation – preferably without needing Drupal developers or IT support?

With a multi-site or multi-domain setup it’s possible to support the most basic multi domain form - which is websites that look similar with simple variations in the content of each website - to websites that are so different from each other that you wouldn’t know they are based one and the same CMS, just by looking at them. 

At One Shoe, over the years, we’ve done quite a few Drupal projects that revolved around a customer’s need for the development and deployment of multiple websites across different domains, or within subdomains. Some of our multisite and multidomain projects are for instance the Wageningen portals collaboration platform or the NHG corporate website, and there’s more in the past and one currently in development.

In this article we’ll share some of our insights about choosing, designing and developing Drupal multisite and / or multi-domain solutions: 
  1. Multi-site vs Multi-domain solution: what is it and what are the differences?
  2. What are the advantages of a Multi-site/Multi-domain solution and who's to benefit from it?
  3. What are the disadvantages of a Multi-site/Multi-domain solution?
  4. When to choose Multi-site, Multi-domain or 1-site-1-cms?

About the author

Tibor Uittenbogaard is a client service manager for One Shoe who’s been with us since January of 2010. He has experience developing and selling Drupal and Wordpress webdevelopment services and iOS and Android mobile app development solutions.