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    OK - I have now got a baker's dozen of custom themes I'd like to start selling. I've checked into Themeforest (they take 70% of the money from each sale!) and a couple of other selling sites, and I've decided I'd like to try to do this on my own. I've got a basic webstore set up, and the payPal integration should be no problem, BUT: I cannot figure out how to set up the "live demo" for each theme.

    Is is really as simple as setting up a dummy site for each one and showing them in an iframe in a new page on the site? While simple to do, this sounds very server-space-consuming, since you'd need a subdomain and db for each one? I know there's a way to run multiple installs of WP on one db, but I'm very confused by what I've read about it so far.

    If anyone has any ideas about how to set up the demos, I'd love to hear them.
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    Really? no ideas? Aack!
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    If you are doing it yourself, you don't need to do the IFrame thing, just protect your theme directories with .htaccess. I don't know what type of hosting you have, but all you need to do is create directories for each demo in you main directory and do mysite.com/demo1/.
    You can use the same database, but it will require some tweaking. I have struggled with that one myself.
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    This might help, not sure how far you have gotten. I got the link from an email today and thought about your issue.

    Running Multiple WordPress Sites from a Single Backend
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    Thanks for that - it's not what I need though. It basically enables a Super-admin to allow others to have sites - kind of like Blogger...

    I don't want to have to have a separate subdomain for each theme - I just want to do it in an iframe, like at Themeforest, or even better, with a dropdown, like they do at ThemesKingdom.

    I think I may just e-mail them and ask - couldn't hurt and they may actually answer, you never know.
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    Most them sellers I've worked with use multi site for this or occasionally do what Dan said. Just installed in a directory. If you want to use the same DB, just use separate prefixes.

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    This, perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe, post: 237449
    This, perhaps?
    Rnald - I have tried that and it does work, as long as the themes all have the same features.
    If the themes differ in what/how they display the posts/pages (e.g. a sortable portfolio vs a static one or a paginated one) they can and do break when switched that way.

    I can do it if I sort them into groups with the same functionality, with a dedicated WP install for each group, but it doesn't look very good. I am still trying to find a universal answer that does not require me to make more than a dozen installs of WP on my server.

    I'm going to WordCamp Montreal this August, and maybe I'll find an answer there...
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