[development] Allowing users to create easy pre-fab sites?

Bob Fishel bob at bobforthejob.com
Wed Jul 28 15:06:09 UTC 2010

Aegir looks interesting but my main site is (planned... i'm still
drawing up a site plan before implementing) using Domain Access.

The main site is www.example.com
and will have a number of sub sites based on cities
These subsites will have their own set of content but will all use the
same theme and some subsites will need to pull content from others
(for example the dayton site will pull some content from the
cincinnati and the columbus sites etc...)

However I want to allow my users to sign up for their own domains that
will possibly pull some content from one or more of the subsites.
(basically making certain pre-fabbed views available for them to link

So it appears that domain access doesn't play well with Aegir.

So two possible solutions.

1. Host a separate drupal install with Aegir but not Domain Access at
something like Aegir.example.com and execute a shell script that
utilizes Drush when someone purchases a hosting package. Share any
needed nodes to the other install via RSS.

2.  Something else that i'm not thinking of that would allow D omain
access to manage the main site and subsites but aegir to manage
anything other then *.example.com and example.com

Any ideas on how to accomplish #2 or any flaws in #1?

Thanks for the feedback.

On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM, Peter Droogmans <Peter at attiks.com> wrote:
> Bob,
> 1. Have a look at aegir (http://groups.drupal.org/aegir-hosting-system) and combine it with some install profiles
> 2. You can set the themes per site
> 3. Have a look at context module, it includes an editor to drag and drop blocks
> 4. Users are set per site, so no worries
> -----Original Message-----
> From: development-bounces at drupal.org [mailto:development-bounces at drupal.org] On Behalf Of Bob Fishel
> Sent: woensdag 28 juli 2010 3:46 PM
> To: development at drupal.org
> Subject: [development] Allowing users to create easy pre-fab sites?
> Is anyone aware of anyone using Drupal as a hosting system.
> My goal is to allow users (probably through OG + Domain Access + Domain Access Advanced + ubercart) to purchase a hosting plan and automatically have a domain set up for them.
> My users are all in the same industry so the type of nodes they will need to create can be boiled down to a simple 3-4 types.
> Basically I want them to be able to:
> 1. Be assigned a template domain/site with some default pages with some lorem ipsum text (should be easy to accomplish using rules)
> 2. Be able to switch themes on their domain only (I'm not sure how to do this)
> 3. It'd be totally awesome if they could modify there themes by dragging and dropping blocks to change the layout of their particular site (again no idea how to do this)
> 4. Grant other users the ability to edit their site (I'm not sure how to do this without exposing my entire user list to them....)
> Thanks
> -Bob

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