Can i have multiple WordPress installations in subfolders?

August 6, 2015 1.3k views

Example: - demo.com/site1 - demo.com/site2 - demo.com/site3

I'm not proposing using MultiSite... I simply want 3 different versions of my site, and I want to know if one Droplet can support this? Or should I use subdomains (site1.demo.com - site2.demo.com - site3.demo.com), each with a different/unique droplet?

  • I don't see why you couldn't just create folders under your main site.. so:

    I don't think you even need to setup virtual hosts with this..if you wanted to do subdomains, then you just need to setup virtual hosts..separate droplets would be unnecessary.

  • The very purpose to do so it not clear hence a reliable advice cannot be offered.

    However, you can do it either way. You can have your sites in sub-folders or even on sub-domains.

    From the SEO point of view, when you create a sub-domain, it is treated as a separate site. Not counted in SEO points for your main domain. However, if the site is installed and configured to render pages from a folder (www.abc.com/xyz/), then it will be counted in the points for SEO for your main domain.

    Choice is yours. Just think what exactly you want to do and then implement the sites. Keep in mind the traffic you are going to receive for each site and if the droplet can sustain!

    All the best!

1 Answer

If you're not familiar with server configuration and are using the one-click WordPress droplet images, then the simplest solutions will be either to:

a) use a different subdirectory for each WordPress install (that is, don't use subdomains, just use subdirectories), or

b) create a separate droplet for each subdomain.

Alternatively, you could use ServerPilot to host multiple WordPress sites on subdomains on a single server.

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