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Do you think having two sites linked together is not a good idea?

  • # October 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Hi I was wondering if there are any cons to this idea:

    Having a site for content and then like in the menu bar having a link called videos but the link sends you to another website for videos.

    For example a made up website called : birdstoday.com that has mainly articles on it. but then you click a video link on its menu bar, which sends you to birdstodayvideos.com and in that website theirs a link to go back to birdstoday.com. So they are one website in a sense because there linked and share the same name with just the word videos being the difference.

    I want to do something like this so I can have two premium themes I bought. One is for videos and one Is built for content. So my real website will look better. Because honestly all the video gallery plugins right now I find horrible. Msn.com has a great looking video gallery, Im guessing they own the rights to that code, but the only thing the would come close to something looking good is actually just a video theme not a plugin. Even msn.com has videos on another website called today.com that is linked the same way I am asking this question.

    Are there any downsides to this idea?

    # October 22, 2013 at 7:41 am

    What you are describing does not require different domain names. Likewise, having similar domain names does not create any special “connection” between websites; nor does linking to each other.

    Using different CSS styling on different pages doesn’t require a separate site. Hosting videos doesn’t require a separate site. The only reason for a second domain name is if you want one.

    So, do you want two sites? Will they stand independently? If the two sites are intended to work together, and not to be used separately, then I don’t see any real reason to make two sites.

    # October 22, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for the response. But You can not have two themes on one site? I know I can have videos and content on one site but I was saying that I wanted a great looking video gallery but no plugins I see can make the nice one I would like. Only a wordpress theme specially made for videos would make it look like that.

    # October 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I think that would just require PHP. You would need to tell WordPress that all pages have style.css except the video page where you would use gallery.css. Make sense?

    # October 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    But You can not have two themes on one site? I know I can have videos and content on one site but I was saying that I wanted a great looking video gallery but no plugins I see can make the nice one I would like. Only a wordpress theme specially made for videos would make it look like that.

    Ahh…

    1 . Didn’t catch that you were talking about WP.

    2 . I suspect (as @chrisburton says) that it still wouldn’t be a problem, though I’m not a WP guy and don’t know specifically how you would do it.

    # October 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    This is really getting annoying!

    # October 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for all the reply’s :-). Yes it is WP , I forgot to mention that.

    I have never heard of being able to do this with WordPress , I do not think its possible? either that or iv never heard of that capability so I am unfamiliar with how to make that possible on my site.

    So is it possible ?

    Should I go with my 2 domain name idea then ?

    again thanks for all the help

    # October 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    # October 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve been trying to post that text for like 2hrs now! lol

    # October 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been trying to post that text for like 2hrs now! lol

    lol

    don’t worry, it’ll probably show up later. I’ve discovered that, when that happens, the only reasonable thing to do is give up (though the idea of a screenshot never occurred to me – I wonder if you’re smarter, or just manic-obsessive?).

    It is getting out-of-hand. Very frustrating.

    # October 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    @Alen Ahahaha.

    # October 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    just manic-obsessive

    Today.

    Disappearing posts and wasted time. Hey but at least website is RESPONSIVE.

    # October 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    lol thank you for posting that and I am sorry it took so much work to post.

    I have heard of custom post types but have not gone into learning php code just yet :
    (http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/create-your-first-wordpress-custom-post-type)
    That looks pretty intense for me to learn right now ( but I will learn it soon) I don’t know , but I guess everyone here is saying pretty much that two websites linked is not a bad thing.

    Do you think from a user point of view clicking and being followed to a new website would seem strange or no? I mean since it will be 2 sites I will not have the same theme on both sites. I will use the one I use now for content, and would go and buy a theme that is made for just videos. So that site will look different. But if they want to go back to articles they can click an article button and be sent to the original content page.

    Any new tips, advice comments are welcomed :-) Thanks for all the help so far guys!

    # October 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Personally, I just see it as a headache down the road.

    I don’t think that it’s a bad idea, but it’s definitely not a good idea (or at least there really aren’t any advantages to it other than it takes a little less work initially).

    At the end of the day, WordPress is just calling in the header, footer and then the template pages. So for example if you started the body tag in the template files instead of the header, you could just structure your templates any way you want. That would probably be the easiest way to do this within one WP site. Then based on the page, you’d just choose which template to use.

    Another thing you could do is use WP’s multisite and then have both your websites managed through the one portal. That would at least making management a lot easier. You’d create the main site, then make the “video.yourdomain.com” or something like that.

    I don’t think I’d try to use a template for this though. It would be far easier to do it from scratch than to try and modify a template to behave the way you want with the templating.

    # October 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Without making the theme custom from scratch I don’t see a simple way to do this. I would use your main theme and look for some high quality video plugins from a place like ThemeForest, and not the WordPress.org plugins.

    If you wanted to change something simple like a background you could say:

    if ( is_page('services') {
        <style type='text/css">body {background: black;} </style>
    
    else if ( is_page('videos') {
        <style type='text/css">body {background: red;} </style>
    }
    

    Obviously thats a minimalistic example, but you get what I mean.

    I agree multisite would be a good way to do it. If you follow the simple instructions here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network that will walk you through it.

    Then you can log in with one username/password and manage all of your sites. Each site will be assigned to a folder or a subdomain.

    Ex.
    videos.mywebsite.com
    mywebsite.com/videos

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