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WordPress started as a fork from B2. B2 or sometimes called cafelog. It’s a software designed to handle a personal blog. A Single blog where there’s only one author, who run the blog both as an administrator and as an author.
Over time, the need to adopt multiple blogs or sites with multiple contributors became a feasible option. Besides the competing platform at that time, Movable Type, has supported multiple blogs and authors in single domain.
The problem is to do that, WordPress need to be rewritten. It is not a quick process to rewrite software. Let alone WordPress itself is not written from a scratch, but it’s a fork from another platform. Not to mention others risks, such as losing compatibility for almost all plugins. Whereas the strength of WordPress from its main competitor, which is the abundant plugins available.
In the end the solution employed by WordPress developer is to preserve the software with some hacks added. They call this version, WordPress Multisite. Hacking techniques employed cause WordPress able to handle multiple blogs/sites and authors in single domain. This solution is not without any problem at all. It affects performance and scalability of WordPress itself.
We can see this in a blog hosting provider WordPress.com. They’re using WordPress Multisite. The service is not running a common web server, such as Apache or IIS. They’re using Nginx, a high performance web server able to handle sites with a high load.
There’s an alternative to WP Multisite. It’s WP Hive. The main advantage of WP Hive is it’s not a hack. Rather it’s a part of WordPress architecture, which is plugins. It is designed for managing environment, where there’s only one administrator. With WP Hive, an administrator can manage plugins, themes, and files from several blogs with easy.
WP Hive features:
- It’s a plugin, easy to install
- Compatible with almost all others plugins
- Support domain, subdomain, and subdirectory
Please visit WP-Hive.com for more information about WP Hive.