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    Multi Site CMS

    Hello,
    I am looking for some CMS which offers multi site environment. All of the sites are launch on separate domains using the single CMS. The structure of the system might look like this:

    Parent Site
    - Child Site 1
    - Child Site 2
    - Child Site 3

    You can assume the software house website which offers multiple services (e.g. web development, hosting, consultancy, etc) and when you click on any of the services it takes you to the separate domain but behind the content is fetch from the same CMS.


    If you guys know any CMS fulfill my requirements please make your recommendation. I prefer open source but donít mind purchasing of one.

    Thank You in advance.

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    I've done this sort of thing with Drupal before, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to you - it's a pretty heavy codebase to get to grips with. It was quite a while ago but the process was fairly painful.

    Unfortunately, what you're asking is not trivial to do - most CMS assume you have one site that needs to look the same across multiple domains, or one CMS driving different sites for each domain.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful - good luck!

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    Thanks for your input. I have explored Wordpress MU but I guess its only for Blogging purpose you can not use it as CMS. One more thing I would like to add here I need multi lingual support as well.

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    Hey moderator of this forum can you please move this thread to CMS category. I think I've post it in wrong category that is why I am not getting much feedback.

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    If they aren't sharing content, why not use 4 instances of the same CMS? Lots easier than making everything work together and will keep things flexible for future changes.

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    on the parent site we need to show the content of child sites. Lets say if we put news on child 1 then it will appear on Parent site as well. Same apply to document and other contents. But One child site is independent of other child sites.

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    If it is just news or updates, then RSS can cover this without joining the systems together.

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    the idea is good but it won't works in our scenario but I need to explore how the instance of new CMS is automatically created coz the number of child site is not limited.

    Second thing the requirement is to develop multilingual site. Means you can see the ditto copy of English version in 2 other languages and those are arabic scripts languages.

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    ExpressionEngine has a an expansion by the name of Multiple Site Manager. It might be what you're after. It isn't free, however.
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    Looks fulfill the requirement at some extent but the solution is not economical. Every site cost you additional license fee.

    Actually I am exploring the opportunity if I get off the shelf version then its useless to hire developers and spend time on development.

    I welcome advices from other people as well.

    Main features requirement:
    - Multi Site Environment
    - Multi Lingual Support

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    joomla has some solutions for this, but it is tough to pull of a site structure like this long term without a hired programmer doing custom stuff and updating.
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    +1 vote for Expression Engine. I've used this feature in Drupal before but EE is by far the more user / developer friendly CMS.

    If the small fee is too high then you are probably better off using different CMS installations
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    Actually I've to made 50+ website and if they charge for every instance then its not economical. Second we need to offer multilingual support on every website which I think EE is not supported.

    Can somebody give me an idea how you guys manage the Multilingual website? The requirement is to create replica of English version. Lets say if user add new news item then they've to put the content in all languages.

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    Take a look at Joomla with the JMS2win multisite component its really easy to setup and u can use Joomfish multilingual component with it as well.

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    Thanks for your input. I'll surely check this component as well. I have to take decision on using ready to use CMS/Component or developing our own custom CMS. Still I am exploring different CMS.

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    Are the 50+ websites you have to build all to be hosted on the one domain with subdomains or are they websites for separate companies? what sort of content you need to include?

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    All websites belong to the same organization but will be hosted on separate domain. You can assume it as the department/product of company. The management of all websites will be different but they can share the same CMS.

    There are some reason sharing the same CMS. Lets say if Site A, Site B upload some news or document then it will also be available on MAIN website as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haseeb View Post
    All websites belong to the same organization but will be hosted on separate domain. You can assume it as the department/product of company. The management of all websites will be different but they can share the same CMS.

    There are some reason sharing the same CMS. Lets say if Site A, Site B upload some news or document then it will also be available on MAIN website as well.
    You can do this with JMS2win component as it has article sharing plugin.

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    Thanks guys for all your input. I tried to find the application which fulfills our requirement but still no luck. I think its better to develop it from scratch with all the required features we may need it along with scalability in mind.

    I think I should ask for architecture recommendation in separate thread.

    Thank You

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    If you're just using subpages instead of different domains, you can set up the user permissions in most CMSes to only allow certain users access to those specific areas.

    mysite.com/dept-a
    mysite.com/dept-b
    mysite.com/dept-c

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    Yes I know if that was the case then I can use any CMS but the requirements are different. Anyway thanks for ur input.

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    Expression engine is perfect for that purpose.


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    All you need is SilverStripe w/ the SubSites module.. All for free and this works VERY well! Each web site can by assigned to 1 or multiple domains.. So if you are working on a web site and do not want to publish it just yet, use a temporary url.

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    Never heard of this CMS before. will definitely give a try.

    Are u one of the team member/contributor of this CMS

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    Question

    Glad I found this thread.

    I've been looking at Joomla, JMS Multi Site, or rolling my own site with php and maybe codeigniter but maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

    I'm wanting, for example, to set up a portal for my county.

    First, each town in the county would have their own section where the "town manager" can write articles and post events to the city event calender, etc. These would also contain some static pages "Town History" etc.

    Second, the home page would pull and display the most recent articles and events from all town sections.

    Last, of course, visitors could use the menu to switch between towns

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    Any suggestions?
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