Of course! but you might wanna make sure and wait for another commenter to confirm this as I am on the fence. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Godaddy guys because they can assist you better...
I would say Mambo is the thing you need. Although I believe it is now refered to as Joomla...
How's the learning curve?.
I do still run into the problem of having to update all my sites whenever there is an update. I know most scripts now seem to have security updates all the time...
Learning curve is steep, but worth it in the end. Mambo or Joomla and there are others all free. I beleive that most now have stable versions and updating is just a case of overwriting files via ftp. I do see your problem if you have scores of sites, but I don't know of any other way of doing what you want...
Look into Joomla at.
It is a free open source CMS (content management system) which is database/content driven and I think would be ideal for what you are describing..
Joomla is a continuation of development by much of the same group which created Mambo. The split was a year or 2 ago and I think Joomla is being more agressively developed. There is a very active user and support community. Check out the forum at.
I have not used it myself but provided support to some users integrating my formmail script into their Mambo/Joomla sites...
I wish I could remember the name now, but there is a program that actually resides on your local machine, in which you create a site; actually you can create and maintain many sites with this one instance of software. Then, you simply upload the created/modified GoDaddy site to your server via FTP. There is a database of some sort on your local machine which stores all the articles and formatting, but the beauty is that the uploaded GoDaddy site then is just html files, period. That would be real easy if the product allowed some flexibility of design....and if I could think of the name of it!!! Anyone know it?..
Well I use phpdev which resides on my work station. This just replicates a server and I do all the testing and formatting on this. But you still need to upload the files in php to be able to access the database...
I was in the same situation as you and I tried many things..
At that point, merging one Wordpress into different websites required some code changes, which I did not really like for maintenance and upgrade reasons..
Finally, I tried drupal as it could use different databases for different websites while using the same structure files. So I made a simple shell script that built a new DB and a new Apache VirtualHost for all new websites on my server by typing a simple command..
But... upgrades are not always just replacing drupal core files. For example, if the database tables change, you have to upgrade every single web site's DB (in theory, with their script, after a DB backup and crossing fingers)..
You have to define what level of maintenance work is acceptable, then maybe write some scripts that will do the work for you, whatever the software you will use..
Just my 2 cents..
What do you think of a product like this:.
This is a pretty basic one, but are there other products in the category of programs that do what this does, yet allow for a bit more flexibility?.
Or this one:.
Good screenshots here:.
Wow! xsitepro looks really, really good! I'm going to research it more, but it looks like just what I was looking for. Check out this short video on it:.
And here is a great honest discussion of xsitepro I found on a discussion forum. :.
Try these for starters,.
Not sure how advaced you could get them..
Some good scripts there I think anyway..
Slobiz, I've been looking for the same thing, as I have over 200 names, and it's time to develop them too. I found the xsitepro.com site, and info, very intrigueing. I think also it may be the software I was looking for too. I'd appreciate it if you could pass on any results/opinions you may assess on it to me/us as you explore it. I will do the same as I look into it too. Also any other alternatives you may come up with.
PS: I interested in working with any website developers etc., who can help me develop my domains into productive sites. I just don't have the web development experience or time to do such. Please pm me if so. I'm in So. California for those that may also be. Thanks...
I think I'll buy it this weekend and give it a short. god knows I've wasted $200 on bad domains names in the past, I can certainly give this product a shot!..
I was looking at XSitePro too, but it's hard to find decent objective reviews on it when all of the reviews saying how great it is also contain affiliate links. I'm suspicious of the fact that you have to pay for the program then ask for your money back if you don't like it vs being able to download a trial version. I think I'll email them and ask.....
Excpet for that forum thread I posted about. If it was a fake thread, they did a great job at it...
I look forward to reading your review of the software..
Hope it is money well spent...
You said wordpress, but you could actually use blogger which is free and runs on their serverse but you can have it connect to your server and upload the pages. You won't have to worry about upgrades, etc.. And would be very easy for your employees to add content...
But then I'd have an address of blogger.mydomain.com. That's not good. And, there's really no flexibility in making it look not like a blogstatic front page for example....
If you want a blog like site, wordpress is the one to go..
If you need more than that, you'd better pay for a customized script...
Have you considered a CMS type GoDaddy site like Mambo where the emphasis is on the content not the design. Your students can be given access to upload the content, you simply load the same CMS to your server for each domain. Content is king, and if, as you say it will be original content, the search engines will be beating down the door to index and rank the sites..
Yes, you will have to use databases, but thats pretty usual these days for most content sites...