With this new feature you can share the joomla files and folders to create totally independent web sites.
This simply the maintenance of Joomla as you have only one instance to update for all the websites.
With JMS you can create website based on website template to create new slave site.
A "maintenance" functionality is also provided to help supervising the extension installed in each website with their datamodel and help you fix the potential datamodel errors.
As each website has its own joomla configuration.
You can decide to use:
- One database for all the websites. In this case, you must specify different database table prefix for each websites.
- Two databases (One master database and One slave database). This architecture is advised when you want to install JMS on an existing website and you are limited in the number of databases you can create (or disk space).
- As many databases than there are websites. This is the most flexible architecture where each websites works with its own database. This is generally the architecture adopted by joomla when you create multiple websites.
The content of each website is totally independent. This means that the content (articles, news, forum, users, ...) are NOT shared.
The setup of each configuration site consists in using the standard joomla installation mechanism.
In the administration of a 'Slave' site, you can re-install/uninstall extension previously installed on the 'Master' site.
The 'Master' site is the one where you have installed the Joomla MultiSite component and where you manage the 'Slave' sites.
Additional controls are performed during the installation/uninstallation of an extension in a 'slave' site.
Before executing the standard joomla installation, it is verified that the extension you request to install has exactly the same name and same version number to avoid inconsistency between all sites.
This additional control is performed to ensure that you will overwrite the current installation with identical files that you originally installed.
On 'slave' site, uninstalling an extension consists in a joomla standard cleanup of the database. The files present on disk for this extension is not deleted to avoid disturb the other sites.
You can also replicate a website into the same database or in different DB to avoid re-installing the extension in each slave site.
On Unix platform, it is also possible to deploy a slave site into a specific folder.
You can also share user and share the content of a limited number of extensions.
2) Excellent Service!
No one will match Edwins skill level. (Do not be afraid to pay for support. You will find that every dollar you spend is well worth it!)
3) Product performs and works as advertised!
I am a beginner and had a vision of multiple websites. After spending 1.5 years trying different products, developers, carts, etc. I was very discouraged and lost. Once I found and purchased this product my vision slowly came to life. Edwin, not only gave me guidance, he helped me save a lot of time, money and trouble in the future. Now I must say I have a system that is no different if not better than any large company on the web. So, if you are reading this you have finally arrived at where you need to be. Go for it!
The paid support was worth every penny. If you are frustrated or if you can not get it to work get the support and everything will come together. I explain the whole process in my video.
I was able to get more done in 3 hours then I have all year. He is the expert and let him setup your configuration before you get users and content and have to redo it and possibly loose users.
For those who say support is not good remember if you are in the USA he is in Europe there will be a time difference and delay for him to get back to you.
We tried to deploy ourselves in December. Looked at the great video library and this is very different than the brute force / database setup / Joomla duplication we have done in the past. Multi Sites can specifically share some files and information and not other data. After drawing plans from previous knowledge and a support call, A new plan was designed, we sent the expectations for the second support call. We now can enter the new site name and press save, this results in a complete new site that is a slave to our master. a support call will save you hours in transferring your site. Just 2 minutes and your done. Great tool after you understand it. Edwin did a great job breaking down the process and making it understandable.
It works out of the box, obviously when you follow Edwin's recommendations and instructions.
I am a commercial user, I have no idea when it comes to coding but I have put a multi structured site together. Thanks to JMS Multisites. I have been experimenting with Joomla for a while now.
But I ran into a problem that could not be solved by me or a 3rd party developer.
Then I realized I needed Edwin's help because the problem was manifesting on a slave site.
At first he helped me via the forum as much as what he could. It became technical and I knew I needed paid support.
We started at a certain hour with Skype and Teamviewer, it was amazing. He scanned everything with the most advanced skill, knowledge and software. We went way over the time, 4.5 hours, not once taking a break.
Edwin had an appointment he was running late for. He persisted to correct the problem even after we discovered it was never a JMS problem but another component.
I have so much respect for him and his component. JMS
Thank you very much Edwin.
When anybody wants to extend Joomla beyond its borders this is the extension to have.
Anyone may skype me for a reference and also if you want to find out more about this extension, from a layman.
JMS Multisites works right "out of the box", but you must be familiar Joomla and it's configuration. If you do not know how to configure JMS or a particular feature, there is a very informative FAQ and forum on the JMS website. Edwin consistently monitors this forum and answers all questions for free.
If you need advanced support or an advanced installation of JMS, then there is a paid-support feature that Edwin offers his customers. This support is well worth the money and time if you want to create an advanced multisite-capable website.
I was able to create "slave sites" on my own without support from Edwin, but the features I wanted on my website required advanced skills with server-side scripts and code. I was not familiar with this code language, so I paid for Edwin's support. Again, this support was well worth the money and my site is now set up the way I have envisioned for a long time.
The people who have posted negative reviews of this component obviously don't have any basic knowledge of Joomla; otherwise they would have been able to successfully implement and use JMS. Even if you do not have basic knowledge of Joomla, simple investigation into the JMS forum will help you get things up and running.
Edwin, thank you, thank you, thank you. You have gained a long-time customer with me! JMS Multisites is great, and I highly recommend it for any website needing multiple instances of a Joomla installation!
My attempt to make this happen became a quick nightmare right away. To avoid breaking something without being able to fix it, I hired a professional web designer and programer and asked if he could do this work for me.
He said sure and a few days later he reported that the component was giving him many issues right from the start. He had to manually go in and "hack" the component to get it to work my website the correct way.
This continued for weeks and for about 2 months the site never worked correctly. Maybe this would have been easier had we stated with multi sites but from our experience, multi sites with 1 existing site is just not possible.
Eventually we had to throw away the component, TRY and fix the site (not an easy task once things have been hacked and reprogrammed to try and get this lousy component to work).
The support was terrible. I know the owner cannot answer every little question thrown his way but a bone once in a while would be nice when you're buying such an expensive component for a hobby website. Instead he refuses to answer any questions unless we pay him the $99 for 1 hour of support.
My site now has bugs and issues we are still sorting through trying to get it back to normal.. who knows, maybe we'll have to remake the whole website (i jump for joy at this thought).
I did not expect a full refund after the product failed but I did ask the owner if he'd be willing to give us at least a percentage back since the component never worked as advertised and we wasted months trying to get it to work... his reply was no surprise.... No can do.
Lost money in the component, labor and time. Now back to square one.
Though I have to admit it isn't the easiest component to setup there is help via the forum and Edwin is very quick to reply. And as for the compaint about the support videos, well I don't know where you'd get a more comprehensive set!
With regard to the billable support that has been mentioned and complained about I have to say it was absolutely brilliant! It may seem pricey but you get much more than usual. Edwin set me up a link to his own desktop where he explained exactly how it worked and how to set it up. HE talked me through the whole process as he did it. Much better than paying less and not having a clue how it was done! Well worth the money!
Well done Edwin!!
We just purchased the multisite and additional plugins to automate and create our multi site system. Now we can create new sites in minutes based on our predefined templates. We can share data and users at many levels and allow our clients to control only the parts they need to update and maintain their individual sites while we can do quick extension and security updates to the master site. This one extension has enabled us to become an enterprise level website provider in less than 8 hours. There are some complexities one must understand and there are a few rules that must be adhered to but Edwin is really helpful and if you do purchase support time, it is so worth it. We wish we could hire him full time!
Another thing that's not helping, is that this extension i really user-unfriendly, with descriptions really hard to understand even with the documentation in hand. For example, when creating sites from the frontend, I really don't understand why the user have to enter both alias and prefix? The prefix should be autocreated, and not put on the user registring.
The worst thing about this extension is that in order to "sell installations" you have to buy quouta from the developer. Really disturbing and hard to find information about on their website.
I really hope that this extension gets forked in order to get a good idea work for the public. Since the developer doesn't care about more than the user's money.
I'm strongly considering this myself right now in my frustration over this bad extension.
I decided to buy this extension after reading many great reviews and understanding that this is the extension that will help me build multi sites fast and easy.
After purchasing, I downloaded the extension and tried to install.
The installation did not work but after couple of e-mails (few hours) I got it installed. Part of the response I got was saying that there is no support on e-mail for the extension and that I can buy support time at an hourly rate (higher than the cost of the product).
Trying to configure it took a lot of time - the user manual is not well written, the videos are long and not indexed well (you may need to listen to a 40 minutes video just in order to see a section that goes for 3 minutes) and the user interface is not self explanatory. In addition, there is plenty of options to buy extra features (yes, for additional money).
When I complained and asked if there is money back refund, I was referred to the refund policy which says there is no refund.
Bottom line, there is no refund, there is no support. After wasting more than 3 days on trying to figure out how to make it work properly, I uninstalled the extension, replicated my website and database without the extension in within 3 hours finished having my other site.
It might be a great product but it did not work for me!
This is not correct that we do not provide support.
We provide free support via the public forum where the customers can retreive all our previous answers.
We do not provide free support by email to allow everybody benefit of the questions and answers.
If a customer wants that we install, setup things for him on his environment or that we teach him personnaly or develop specific things, this is part of our billable support.
The advantage of such platform can be that it's Joomla based and enables to install further apps (w/ your moderation or without), and that's mean a much more stable and open platform to offer to developers, as far as offer them to disengage their site from the hosted service and keep on running their own website, by allowing them to import the DB and Source files to another hosting company, or simply get full access to their db and files on your cloud.
Just my thoughts and wanting to contribute something, best of luck
They have great support and customer service team, superb really
You do need to know how to point domains to folders and its a bonus if you have knowledge of managing your databases properly. Its complicated but not complex. Power comes at a price and the learning curve is well worth it.Where else can you launch 40 sites in a day!
After a short review of the website, I had thought that by making the sites I wanted to share data on a master and slave, that I could then sync data.
That is not the case. You can indeed create multiple joomla installations, but given the core hacks and the extensions limitations - a slave can only have the exact same extensions as the master - it is not usable for my needs.
But if you don't mind core hacks and can live with slave sites that can only have extensions replicated from the master, then this will do the trick. The installation is well documented and went without any problems.
I rated it as "average" because it does what it says it will do, I should have spent more time researching. I would have rated it higher if the advertising had been more upfront about it being core hacks.