I plan to launch my website with multiple blogs plugged into it, with a main index page for all posts.
I currently have the index running from the root and two blogs running within their own folders from the root, each with Wordpress installed and running underneath. I have set the database so that the 2 blogs are storing data in the same database with the table prefixes separating out the data. ie. in howard_database, there are tables with blog1_ and blog2_ as their prefixes. (I realise this might not be the cleanest way to do it but I like each blog having its own separate login, as oppose to each being in the same Wordpress installation and separated out by tag/category.)
Is there a way that I can show all blog posts from each blog on the index page as a summary of all my posts if the root doesn't have a wordpress installation?
Also, I obviously want a theme running through the entire site, and have created a few php includes in a folder on the root. The problem I have is I cannot seem to link back to them from the wordpress blog installation folders to include them within the individual blog pages.