I'm about to start a website, for a non-profit organization, and I need it to be a multi-site platform. I do not know Worpress but I know there is a multi-site option. Thus I'm wondering if Wordpress is the right solution ...

So here what I need to support :

[1 platform, 1 community]

  • a single user base, and SSO (1 login to every sites)

[several sites, several looks]

  • each site needs to have his own style (colors, font, images... basically only css imo)

[an accurate permission system]

  • each site needs to have his own administrators (could be 1, or 2 admin per site). Each admin could only manage is own site and should be considered as, more or less, a regular user in others sites.
  • each site should has his own usergroups, and admins of the site should be able to manage usergroups and add / remove users. Usergroups need to have permission to view / comment / post content.

I'm aware it might not fit all my needs, but I just wondering how difficult is it to achieve that using Worpress : do I need to add tons of modifications or plugins ? Is WP not the best choice to achieve that ?

Thanks for your help.

  • I suggest that you start by looking at Roles and Capabilities: codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities and then add a user role management plugin. This should solve the permissions bit.
    – Christine Cooper
    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:58
  • @ChristineCooper Thanks a lot, your link helps. I've read this article too. WP seems to be a great tool for me. I can't accept your answer since it's a comment...
    – Ldev
    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:24

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To answer your question, yes, Wordpress could work. Wordpress permission system is built on roles and capabilities. To manage your permissions, you can use a plugin such as the User Role Editor.

  • Not a problem. Almost everything that you need can be found in the codex pages. Also, please use the search here, there are some stellar questions and answers.
    – Christine Cooper
    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:36

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