Current situation

I am trying to plan ahead and avoid any grievous pitfalls and/or headaches in adding a second domain/site for a client.

  1. WP is currently installed in root
  2. The client wants a second site created for a new brand that may end up as it's own entity, so separate public facing domains.
  3. The root site already has almost 200 pages + posts
  4. I'd like to keep a central user base if possible.
  5. They have quite a few plugins running
  6. I use IWP, so keeping track of updates and backups really isn't that difficult.


  1. Is it possible to create a subdir install with a separate domain pointing at it (with out moving the first install to it's own subdir)?
  2. Would it be more beneficial to convert to a multisite install instead?

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It can be done, I did it here for example:

http://krimsonkloverdev.malbert.me/ - dev site with seperate wordpress install http://www.malbert.me/ - main site on root level.

I set everything up at my host, I'd recommend you just contact them first and be sure you can have separate database installs as that's basically all you need.

  • An explanation how it can be done would be much better. Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 14:40
  • There's tons of hosts... Have no idea the options everyone needs / has Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 21:04

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