[development] use multi site or not?

nan wich nan_wich at bellsouth.net
Fri Mar 11 00:33:15 UTC 2011

I've done many multisites but the only time I've shared tables was for testing 
on a module I wrote. I have backup / development copies of all my sites on my PC 
and they are all in a single instance of whichever core they run on.

There is an alternative: it's called Domain_access, which is specifically for 
portal sites.

It sounds like the only thing a multisite will give you is only one core or 
contrib upload to do. This is both good and bad.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.


From: Pooya
I've done a few sites using drupal but never a multi. I got this new customer 
who wants me to make a huge portal website for manchester united team. It's a 
multi language site, which contains 2 sub-sites: Manchester United and England 
national football team(default is manchester). after lots of talking over 
content and features, I found out that they need all galleries, news, menus, 
front-page and other features to be different for each team. This needs 2 
different themes at least(each with two language rtl and ltr). here's a shot: 

To be honest I prefer a framework like CI for such a thing and if using drupal 
avoid multi-sites cause I don't have enough experience with.
My question here is what if I don't want to use multi-sites and share some 
tables. Drupal's a good choice? Have you ever tried to do such a thing? any 
strategy? anything would help me hear rly.

PS. I want to use drupal because of real good community, and the ability which 
makes me do this real fast(I want to end this project in less than 2month max). 
Also developing's much easier, they may ask for more features in like a year 
after site's done. I have lots of trouble these days adding features to old 

Pooya Sanooei 
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