I have decided to experiment with wordpress Multisite to see how it works. I've got it installed with 2 unique domain names to start and more to follow. I seem to be able to have unique templates, plug-ins and all the other stuff that makes a website. From the outside, there is no visible connection between these websites that I can see. I am using a plug in called wordpress MU Domain Mapping as it seems to enhance the control.
The advantage would appear to be a smaller footprint on the server for multiple websites, a single update to manage version upgrades of wordpress and Plug-ins, maybe a single back up to manage multiple websites and perhaps a slightly faster way to manage existing sites and roll out new sites.
Part of what got me started on this was having about 20 unused domain names and wanting to do something with them. Something that might return a little profit and not take too much effort. These will all be websites owned by me. I'll still make client websites with a unique install.
I searched WebPro for comments about using Multi Site (wordpress MU), but couldn't get the search results to be specific enough to yield anything useful. I was hoping to get some info from you all about the pro's and con's of this style of website building.
Comments on things like SEO, site speed, flaky errors, security, issues with plugins would all be appreciated. I've started with these 2 websites: http://byronbayholidayguide.com and http://goldcoastholidayguide.com So far they are mostly empty vessels. Overtime, I'll be changing the templates and flashing out the content - for now I'm just trying to understand limitations before I invest too much time and effort.
Any feedback would be appreciated.