Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s a mantra that comes up time and time again, because it applies to just about everything in life. We’ve talked about the diversification of monetization techniques in the past, but it may also be true that you don’t want to put all your eggs into a single blog’s basket either.
If you are managing multiple blogs, however, you’ll quickly discover that it can be very time-consuming having to go to each blog, updating them one at a time. After reading this review of WpReloaded.com, you’ll discover that there is an easier way.
What is WpReloaded.com?
In a nutshell, WpReloaded allows you to manage multiple blogs from a single login. Rather than going to each individual domain and logging in each time, you are able to go to a single WordPress installation and write posts for each individual blog.
After you get into this single WordPress dashboard and click on the “Write” tab as you normally would, you can scroll down the page past the Tags and Categories sections to find a new section called “Select Website.” From this pull-down menu, you can select the blog for which you are writing the current blog post. That’s all it takes. As you can tell, this is a lot easier than having to go to each individual blog to write your blog posts.
Installation of WpReloaded is a lot easier than you would think as well. There’s no complicated setup process, because the WpReloaded download is simply a WordPress plug-in. For more information about the setup process, check the Install Guide. You can manage up to 30 blogs from a single WpReloaded license.
Unique Content for Unique Blogs
When I first started reading about WpReloaded and how it worked, I automatically assumed that all of the blogs being managed under this content management system would be fundamentally identical. After all, you are running multiple blogs under a single WordPress installation, right? As it turns out, WpReloaded.com is a little more powerful than that.
Compatible with WordPress 2.3, 2.5, and 2.6, WpReloaded allows you to have different themes for each of your WordPress blogs. When you click on the “Design” tab under the WordPress dashboard, there is a pull-down menu to select the website for which you are choosing a particular theme. This means that you are offered just as much customization under the WpReloaded CMS as you would under a conventional WordPress installation. Well, that’s not completely true. I’ll get to this in a moment.
Adding and Removing Sites
After activating the WpReloaded plug-in, you’ll notice that there is an additional tab in your WordPress dashboard. This is called My Websites and it does exactly what you think it does. It is under this tab that you are able to add more websites to your single installation of WordPress.
To add a website to the WpReloaded multi-blog installation, all you have to do is provide the domain and the folder name of the new website. Strangely, it is not possible to delete any blogs from WpReloaded after you have added them. According to the FAQ, though, this functionality will come with a future update.
A Few Limitations
The inability to remove blogs from WpReloaded is not its only shortcoming. While you are able to have different themes for each blog, it is not possible to have different plug-ins for each blog. Again, this functionality is being promised for a future update of WpReloaded.
Also, if you already have a blog and you want to migrate it to a WpReloaded installation, you’ll run into a few speedbumps. It is possible to import the posts, pages, and themes, but all of your posts “will show up on every website unless you assign them to your existing blog.” This means you have to edit every post you’ve ever written. That sounds like a lot of work.
For this reason, I recommend that you only use WpReloaded for new blogs, rather than existing ones.
How Much Does It Cost?
Available as an instant download, WpReloaded comes at a price of $99.00. All orders are handled through Plimus. If you’re not so sure you want to buy it just yet, there is also a free trial. Just use try_wpreloaded as the activation code.