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Manage Multiple Sites with Drupal and Domain Access

The ability to manage multiple websites (or domains) with one content management system (CMS) is just one of the challenges our clients encounter. Companies with a presence in multiple countries, or with key product lines that each have their own domain, face the obstacle of managing different websites. Drupal, DotNetNuke, SimpleCMS, WordPress, MovableType, Umbraco and Joomla all offer the ability to handle multiple sites with one installation. Here's an example of how we helped one client manage multiple properties using Drupal.

Manage Multiple Sites with Drupal

 All Access, Inc. is an international company with a presence in Los Angeles, New York, UK, Paris, Brisbane and Sydney. Each country had their own web presence, web hosting and web marketing approach. All Access wanted visitors to choose a country (based on where the event is held), then go to the country-specific site. Each site needed to have the same look and feel, and publish locally created content as well as shared global content that could be managed centrally in Los Angeles.

The All Access website was built on Drupal with a customized theme. Spry Digital implemented the Domain Access module to provide the client the ability to have one look with country specific portals. We also implemented a custom landing page for the main domain (allaccessinc.com), that provides easy navigation to country-specific sites. The Domain Access module fit the bill by allowing each domain to have its own navigation and individual content, while permitting global content to be shared across domains. Problem solved.

Managing content for a website is challenging enough without multiple properties and domains to manage as well. Using a CMS, such as Drupal, with the Domain Access module, is a great way to minimize that time consuming task.