As of WordPress 3.0, this functionality is built-in without the use of plugins. These plugins are no longer necessary.
The main reason?
WP-Hive supports separate
sitemap.xml files (and
favicon.ico) for each blog without jumping through lots of hoops.
I recommend you check both of them out though. My needs are relatively basic so WP-Hive is wonderful, but VMB has served me well up until this point.
- Installs like any other plugin.
- Super easy to add new blogs.
- Supports separate
favicon.icofiles for each blog. Hoping this will expand to other, more generic files in the future.
- Does not allow a separate
wp-config.phpfile for each blog. That means all blogs have to be installed to the same database with the same database login and no ability to easily customize the table prefix.
- Does not support installing additional blogs to a directory (e.g. domain.com/blog2). It has to be either a top-level domain (e.g. domain.com) or a subdomain (e.g. blog2.domain.com).
- Allows each blog to maintain its own
- Supports additional blogs installed in directories (e.g. domain.com/blog2).
- Once initially setup, it’s easy to add new blogs (assuming you are using the “Easy Setup”). The “Advanced Setup” requires a little more work.
- Semi-complicated installation (even for the “Easy Setup”).
- Does not support
sitemap.xmland other special files that need to be unique per blog.
For other alternatives to WP-Hive and VMB, check out the Installing Multiple Blogs page.