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Hi,

I built a website for a client recently (powered by Wordpress).

They now want to build / clone a further 5 websites for each of the countries they operate in.

I was thinking of using a multilingual design / approach however the client wants to change a few other things on each website too:

- content on each page is different for each country
- products for sale / availability is differnet for each country
- the menu structure is different for each country
- slightly different home page layout for each country

I know i could probably achieve all of this with a multi-lingual plugin, however i know the client will want to change somethings (page structure) in the future for various different countries so i was thinking that it might be best to just clone the default site 5 times and set each country as a sub domain, and then tweak each of the sites from there:

www.domain.com - a simple page that asks you to choose your country (and remembers it)
uk.domain.com - for English customers
ire.domain.com - for Irish customers
us.domain.com - for American customers
au.domain.com - for Australian customers

What's your opinion on my approach? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Ray Paseur

8/22/2022 - Mon
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oo7ml

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Thanks Ray (knew you'd be first to respond :-)

Great article.

Considering i am thinking of this...

www.domain.com - a simple page that asks you to choose your country (and remembers it)
uk.domain.com - for English customers
ire.domain.com - for Irish customers
us.domain.com - for American customers
au.domain.com - for Australian customers

... what would you suggest using as the default site for all of the other countries?
Ray Paseur

I would probably choose either an English language like UK or US, or the native site for the location of the business.  For most visitors, English will be workable in any of those dialects.  For non-English speakers, being able to choose a language will probably matter - enough to justify specific translation.

This suggests the country codes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166
oo7ml

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Sorry, i don't mean language, i mean what should be the default domain for every other country... essentially the default site.
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Ray Paseur

How about just domain.com (without any sub-domain)?  Many sites use domain.com, test.domain.com, docs.domain.com, api.domain.com, etc.
oo7ml

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Yeah i'd like to just use domain.com but then how do i offer the initial option to choose a different country... without using IP based queries, as i'd like users to have the manual choice.
Ray Paseur

This might be a little WP-specific for me to know a perfect solution (easy in Laravel), but here's an idea:
http://iconoun.com/demo/polyglot/
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