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Is Wordpress multisite right for me ? Which alternatives does I have ?

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Actually I have a community made in Wordpress + some useful plugins such as podscms.

I actually want to have a network of communities, so a network of sites with the same functionality and little differences.
I have read a little about Wordpress multisite, which seems to allows having a separate administrator for every site, which is exactly what I want, however, I read that sites are absolutely separated in content and users, but I want that if a user is registered on a site, he have not to register again on the other site of this network, so user sharing is a must between these sites.

Also, I would be interested in showing some related information on a site from another site, such as a box titled "related information on other communities", which seems also to be not possible on Wordpress Multisite as I have read they are completely separated sites.

Then, what is the solution to have multple sites sharing users and development files, but with separate admin areas ?

Thanks.
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You might want to take a closer look at BuddyPress instead of Multisite.  BuddyPress allows you to have one site but split into groups and give you control over who is a member of each group.  You can also specify group admins and set the groups to be invitation only.

http://codex.buddypress.org/getting-started/group-settings-and-roles/
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So buddypress is "just" a plugin for wordpress, right ?

I mean, all that I actually have on my site will continue working. Am I right ?

Is there any incompatibility with other plugins that I could have installed like for example bbPress, podscms or allinoneSEO ?

Thanks.
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So buddypress is "just" a plugin for wordpress, right ?

Eh, it's a plugin but it really adds a ton of stuff to a standard WordPress install.  User management, user profiles, custom post types, integrated bbPress, and new filters and hooks all come with it.

I mean, all that I actually have on my site will continue working. Am I right ?

Probably.  You will have to run a new plugin that will modify your current theme if the theme was not written with BuddyPress in mind but most plugins should not have a problem with it.  The only exception in your case would be the standalone bbPress you have running.  bbPress comes with BuddyPress and I'm not sure how peacefully the two would co-exist.

Duplicate your site locally and try it.
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Ok, thanks.
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