We have a set of five health blogs which have been running for about six months. Other than using the same theme (styled slightly differently for each one), they are currently completely separate. We are now trying to figure out how best to combine them into a "network" of blogs. Note: this doesn't have to mean WPMU, the aim is more:
- Make it obvious that these individual sites belong to a group of sites
- Be able to cross publiish / index posts
Point 1 is really a stylistic thing which we are dealing with.
Point 2 is causing us some head scratching. In the ideal case we really want to be able to INDEX posts in different blogs without duplicating the post. Being health sites, they will all share a similar, but not identical taxonomy. We would like to be able to index posts in different parts of the taxonomies on different sites. The key thing being that they should not be duplicate posts - or at least not behave like this. So if you edit a post in one site (or edit "master" post) the changes appear on all the copies of the post.
There seem to be two options
We've obviously had a look at WPMU, but whilst this is great for managing multiple blogs, it doesn't offer much in the way of sharing content between blogs, at least not out of the box. Can anyone recommend plugins for this?
Running everything out of one blog
One suggestion was to run everything out of one blog and using the domain name to determine which "site" to display. I am quite new to Wordpress so not sure how feasible this is.
We are tending towards the 2nd option as that will make sharing content far more straightforward (this is a key requirement), but I am concerned that we might be digging ourselves into a hole here!