WordPress Multi Site Hosting
Is it really that scary? We don’t think so, but then again, when it comes to WordPress Multi Site hosting, we do know what we are doing!
Whether you have an existing WordPress Multi Sites or are contemplating launching your own shortly, hosting should be top of your list to review and evaluate. All hosts are not created equal and WordPress Multi Site certainly does perform better in some data centres or hosting environments than others.
Multi Site also becomes complicated when you start to factor in elements like domain name mapping, user access permissions, plugin and theme accessibility and backups. It’s kind of like looking at a single WordPress website, but with many more moving parts that can derail not only one site, but many all at the same time.
So how does Multi Site hosting vary?
Technically, as long as the server is resourced effectively and powerful enough, it’s setup doesn’t really have to change. Most of the hard work is done at the application level, i.e. your WordPress Multi Site installation.
Where the hosting requirements vary is actually in the support and know how that you will need and more importantly actually receive. Many hosting companies avoid Multi Site’s due to their added complexity (full disclaimer: we don’t shy away from Multi Sites).
The other way in which the hosting requirements will vary is the need for a level of multi site compatibility. For example, a good hosting solution will give you added features of being able to create staging websites for each of the sites within your Multi Site install as well as independent backups etc. This enables you to be able to treat each of the sites as if they were standalone, whilst reaping the benefits of them being in a Multi Site setup.