You can run different web sites from a single Joomla installation with specific templates, home page content and navigation.
Virtual Domains simple starting points:
# You can select a template from VD's Backend for a specific domain.
# You can filter menu items, define domain specific languages and meta data.
# VD will create an accesslevel for each domain/subdomain. This will enable you to control all that content that can deal with access levels.
That's all. Small effort, big effect.
+Supports Template Styles
+Assigning content to each domain via access levels
+Hide/show menu items per domain
+Access for domain speific items for non-admins on backend
# Host checks on Joomla 3.2
It is an exceedingly helpful tool for this purpose.
Every domain has its own access level, so separation of content/modules etc. is easy.
The support in the forum is excellent and fast.
in one sub domain I post an article , and in the main site , shows only the first part of article and after user clicked on " Read more " from main site , user be transferred to the sub domain where the Article is submitted ?
No. The current version can not distinguish whether an article was posted from domain A or domain B. For the next version (1.0) it is planned to make it possible to separate content. We have noticed your feature request. But we cannot promise implementation.
>The stable version 0.4 of VD for Joomla 1.5 and 1.6 will be released until 2011-03-20. Codename is Chekov...
Among other features, the new version will include a comprehensive manual. You may visit our wiki for a preview: http://redmine.janguo.de/projects/vd-main/wiki. But note, that there is already a lot of help and also a step for step tutorial on our support forum.
The plug-in is very easy to set-up, but you have to have some knowledges. Here is how it works in my projects.
The tricky part is to set-up an Apache and dns redirection from the domain1, domain2, etc to the maindomain. The result should be that when you type www.domain1.com you see the content of www.maindomain.com (but keeping the url www.domain1.com in the adress bar)
Once this is done, you just have to configure your different domains with templates, menus, etc in your joomla configuration.
I have really to thank the author of this plug in. I accepted a contract where I had to set-up a multi-site/multi-domain back-end (Only one back-end for several Websites). I did not know that joomla had such a big lack in this domain (and the client wanted to keep joomla, since he's working on it). This plug-in literally saved me and my work, and this for free.
THANK YOU for this masterpiece!
The back-end interface is a bit rough, but with a few more instruction screens and intuitive navigation between component/plugin settings this will be great. Keep up the good work.
Project appears to be dead as last update is nearly a year old. Use it if you can!
Hi Celadore. Thanks for your vote. This project is still alive. This Beta seems to be stable, and the release will follow soon, providing compatibility to Joomla 1.6.
2 notes to this plugin and the previous review:
1) currently you have to include a subdomain in the virtual domain (i.e. www.foo.com & www.bar.com). Just foo.com & bar.com does not work, or do I miss something?
2) I also use sh404sef and it seems putting the virtual domain plugin *after* the sh404sef plugin fixes the problem.
This plugin works particularly well with templates from Rockettheme, that use parameters in the template. No need to modify the index.php code at all. Everything can be done within the template manager.
I did run into some bumps in terms of how it works with sh404sef. It would be great if the developer could look into that at some point, since so many sites use that component. I ended up disabling sh404sef, which was kind of a bummer.
I also ran into some complications with maintaining login/sessions on the subdomain. Joomla core doesn't recognize the subdomain and therefore users don't remain logged in on the subdomains. I found the fix for that here:
Easy to use!a, maybe the allow_call_time_pass_reference set to On restriction can cause problems with some not owned servers ( not may case for now :)
Just had some problems to set as start point an Blog Category menu, don't know why. The rest works very well.
It allows you to associate a subdomain with a template and choose another menu item as the home page.
Allow_call_time_pass_reference must be enabled on your server or the plugin return a warning for version 0.1beta.