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Drupal 7 Multi-sites Configuration by Matt Butcher

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Why multi-site?

Earlier, I mentioned that multi-site technologies were developed as a response to the needs of system administrators and developers. But what are those reasons? What problems are solved by multi-site configurations? There are many different reasons why people choose to host multiple sites on the same server. Here are several examples:

  • Running different software on the same site
  • Leveraging shared hosting
  • Easing server administration
  • Staging and testing a site before it is public
  • Sharing a single code base for several sites
  • Running secure (HTTPS) and standard (HTTP) sites on the same server
  • Building an efficient development environment

Below, we will take a look at each of these examples, understanding what each need is, and how a solution ...

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