What is WordPress multisite?
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A multisite is simply the practice of hosting multiple websites in a single location, i.e. a dedicated server. The available resources are divided up between several websites, with no effect on the end users’ experience, in contrast to shared hosting, where you will share the servers’ resources with other users. The multisite option for WordPress websites is an especially popular tool in this regard, allowing users to effortlessly manage multiple sites, while also offering a range of content management, blogging, and search engine optimization tools. However, it is not, by any means, the only available solution.
Why host your multisite on a dedicated server?
A dedicated server at OVHcloud places you in complete control of all the resources you need to successfully install and administer your own multisite. The bare-metal resources will be 100% dedicated to your own website, to ensure optimal performance, availability, and security for each new site you add – far greater than would typically be possible with a virtual host.
This makes a bare-metal server (Advance or Infrastructure) from OVHcloud the ideal foundation on which to install WordPress multi-site, providing the ideal space on which to deploy a wide range of websites, from a simple blogging platform to a sophisticated e-commerce site.
Tip 1. Start with the right dedicated web server
The right choice of hardware is an essential foundation, regardless of whether you’re deploying a single site, or many, and whether you’re using WordPress, or a different platform. Consider what your requirements will be in terms of computing power, and also how you plan to upscale in the future. Whichever server and hosting provider you choose should offer multiple opportunities for interconnection with other physical and virtual hosting solutions, and provide you with root user access.
Tip 2. Select the right hosting control panel
To make the administration of your multisite as efficient and stress-free as possible, you need the right control panel (sometimes called an admin panel). There are multiple options in this regard, depending on your choice of hosting service and content management system – cPanel hosting, Joomla, Plesk, and the WordPress dashboard, for example – each of which offer specific advantages and disadvantages. All of these can be easily installed on OVHcloud dedicated servers, so there is plenty of scope for customising your administration tools and processes.
Tip 3. Consider where your customers are located
Locating your server as close as possible to where your customers are located will minimise your sites’ latency and ensure a better user experience. Consult your server provider to confirm which locations your chosen server can potentially be deployed in. As above, if you are planning on entering other locations and deploying new sites in the future, consider how multiple servers (or even cloud hosting solutions) could potentially be interconnected as part of a secure private network (the OVHcloud vRack, for example), so each new site or subdomain can be deployed in the optimal location.