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Managing Wp Multisite With 1 Set Of Settings Across Sites

Discussion in 'WordPress Questions & Support' started by Paul G, Sep 1, 2016.

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  1. Hi Kevin,

    I want to use WP Multisite on an existing website, but I'd like to keep the same theme and plugins on all of the sub-domains and for them all to have the same settings as the main site. So, in other words, if I tweek the theme it updates across all of the sites. Same with plugins - same settings across all sites, all managed on the main install. Do you know if that's possible?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Hi Paul.

    Welcome to the forums.

    You can set a default WordPress theme for all of your multisite themes. There is a good tutorial on this at WPMUDev at https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-to-set-the-default-theme-for-wordpress-multisite/

    define'WP_DEFAULT_THEME''your-default-theme' );
    ABSPATH 'wp-settings.php');
    For plugins, check out Multisite Plugin Manager. It can be mass activate and deactive plugins across your network. You can also which plugins auto activate for new websites.


  3. Hi Kevin,

    I haven't explained myself very well.

    I've set up multi-sites before, so know a bit about it, but what I want to do this time is a little bit different...

    I set up a new Woocommerce store in June, July was my first full month and with zero advertising I did 80 sales, then last month I did 158, so I'm thinking that I should spend a bit of time on this one :)

    I've got the .com domain, but I set it up with UK merchant feeds, targeting a UK audience, and that was a mistake.

    What I should have done is this...

    mydomain.com - landing page
    uk.mydomain.com - the UK store
    us.mydomain.com - the US store
    eu.mydomain.com - the EU store

    ...and so on.

    So I'm think that I should install multi-site on it and use it to manage all of the stores in one place.

    But what I'd like to do is just manage the theme and plugins on the main install, so every site is exactly the same (same header, footer, menus, sidebar, categories etc.) and I don't know if that's possible or not.

    I mean, I don't want to have to recreate 200+ categories on each store individually, or make a tweak to the design and have to change it on every site individually, or to add a widget and have to do it individually on each site either.

    Do you see what I mean? The category names can be identical on every site, but the listings will be pulled from their own (UK, US, EU etc.) product database. The design, widget arrangement and everything else can be the same on every site too.

    Hope that's a bit clearer :)


    ~ Paul
  4. Thanks for explaining Paul.

    If you were selling the same products around the world I would have advised using a WooCommerce extension that changed price according to location etc.

    I agree with you that targeted stores would be better if you will be using different merchant feeds in each region.

    Is multisite the best way to handle this?

    Essentially, your website will be identical in every area except for pricing and products (from feeds). There might be a way around with this an extension. For example, the free plugin WooCommerce Geolocation Based Products adds the ability for your store to show or hide products based on visitors geolocation.

    I don't actively use WooCommerce but I do know there are thousands upon thousands of extensions out there. This seems to me like a problem that other shop owners have faced so there might be a plugin that helps you do this without having to set up multiple stores.

  5. Mmm, I've got a geolocation thingie installed already, but it only works with Amazon, so I could effectively just list products from Amazon and have them routed through to Amazon.com, .co.uk etc. depending on their location. Not really ideal though for the market I'm in - wheelchairs etc. and other products for disabled people - because the suppliers tend to just supply to their own specific country. So having everything from every supplier on a single site would just be a bit of a pain in the ass from my end and probably from the user's end too. I've had a few people ask me to list their products too, in the UK, US and Australia, so I really think I need to keep the DB's separate for each and (hopefully) just keep the design consistent throughout.

    Nevermind. Thanks for your help anyway. I'll see if I can get an answer about it on the WPMU forum... I'll let you know what I come up with.

    Here's the site BTW - http://mobilitysupplier.com - barely finished, and much to do, but loads of people are buying stuff already. If you read the "about" page you'll see why I started it....

    ~ Paul
  6. Sorry I couldn't help more. Be sure to let us know how you get on. I hope you can get it resolved.

    I published a review of a useful service called Oberlo today on my blog. It's made me curious again about starting a dropshipping website and seeing if I can get it to take off. It would also be a good case study to show others what is involved with starting a dropshipping store.
  7. You know, I've never used Woocommerce myself before either. I've set it up for (web design) customers, but that's about it. I've been doing sites for 20 years too, but I've only ever really had content type sites. Actually, like you, I had about a dozen or so in the casino/poker game which I sold and used to pay a chunk of the house off back in 2009, after the arse fell out of the poker market in 2006. If it wasn't for that I could probably have bought a street, because things were going rather well before the US shut everybody down. Oh, and another strange coincidence, I went to the WSOP once too and got totally drunk with Stu Ungar two days before he won the main event. True story. I had no idea who he even was. I was working in LA and we went to Vegas for the weekend without knowing the WSOP was even on.

    Anyway, I read your article there and I have looked into dropshipping before, but I don't know if I could be bothered with the hassle. I think the biggest profits could come from finding white label products that Amazon will allow you to list (and there's the big question mark), then you could make good money just off that one site alone AND get them to deal with all of the fulfilment and shipping too, but they're totally onto the white label market now and if a whole bunch of products are identical, apart from the branding, you might struggle to get them listed.

    Oberlo is interesting though. So, just to clarify, because I'm getting quite old... you find products on AliExpress, you set your own price, when an order comes in you click a button to order from AliExpress and presumably fill in the customer's details, then they ship it directly to the customer? And you keep the difference?

    This is quite interesting....


    ...but it would be more interesting if I knew what he was actually selling, eh? :)

    Oh, and how much he's spending on FB ads to do $10k a day in sales.

    Interesting all the same. I'm on Oberlo and AliExpress right now actually....
  8. No everything is automatic.

    AliExpress handle everything. If someone orders something it is shipped automatically. All you have to do is handle support and keep the customer up to date. You can remove a lot of customer queries by making it clear that deliveries may take 30 days or more.

    Obviously, the key to this is choosing a good supplier on AlixExpress and ensuring that they deliver a good product.

    The story linked in my blog post highlights the shop the guy started that was making over $10,000 in sales. He was mainly selling t-shirts.

    When you are browsing AliExpress, take a lot of the number of orders. A high number of orders should suggest the supplier is reliable and that the item is popular. Conversely, it could also mean there is a lot of competition in that market so there are pros and cons to only selecting items that have a lot of orders.

    I have some work to complete over the next few days and then I'm going to research the issue further.

    The key is to select the right item. If I find a good item I am going to look further into this and perhaps launch a store and see how it goes.

    Building a store looks easy. The hard part is getting traffic to it and promoting it.
  9. ThreeWP Broadcast would let you push categories and menus to other sites I think. Don't think it solves everything you need to do - but maybe worth a look!
  10. I'll check that out - thanks Colin!

    Kevin, what do you think about the prices on AliExpress? If you're only retailing single items, and therefore purchasing single items, it doesn't seem as cheap as I thought it would be. Buying in bulk is very cheap, but not so much for individual items. Saying that, I only really looked at electrical stuff, but I compared a few things with the prices on Ebay and there didn't seem to be much difference.
  11. That was an excellent suggestion Colin. It's given me a whole load of ideas :)
  12. I haven't looked into it too much.

    Even if there is not a huge profit being made with each item, it could stop be a profitable venture as you can make the money up by selling in high volumes. If you have a store with thousands of products those $3 to $5 commissions will soon rack up if you can generate enough traffic.
  13. Yeah, true. I've had literally pennies in commission from the majority of items I've sold this month, but now and then you get a good one that pays £20/£30/£40 too and last month's overall commission was basically a mortgage payment. What I'm thinking now is that if I did a site a month it could actually be quite lucrative. I still need to sort out the problem that started this thread though, get Datafeedr all set up and the individual country sites, which might take some time, but it's a good learning exercise and once I've sussed everything out it isn't going to take me weeks and weeks to roll out new sites in future. That's the, erm, plan anyway :)

    Just leave this thread now.... I think the other Oberlo thread could turn out to be much more productive!
  14. I'll reply in that thread so it's all in one place :)
  15. Glad it helped! I wrote a review of it more from a content syndication perspective, but I remember the dev was talking about it having lots of WooCommerce applications as well.

    Do you mind if I ask what plugin you're using for your Mobility site to pull from Amazon? Is that Datafeedr? I've never really dug into WooCommerce, so sorry if this is a silly question.
  16. No, it's Woozone - https://codecanyon.net/item/woocommerce-amazon-affiliates-wordpress-plugin/ - and I wouldn't recommend it at all. I'd known about it for a long time, and for a long time I think it was actually very good, but not so much now. In fact, I'd actively do my best to put you off using it.

    And I'm not a salesman for Datafeedr either, but I'd been looking around for an alternative and I can actually remember the guy Stephan starting the service about 10 years ago, and it still works, so - without actually using it yet - I do think that's probably a much more reliable solution!

    >> I've never really dug into WooCommerce

    Well, we've got that in common too, because I haven't either until the last couple of months :)
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