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How does drupalgardens.com creates a new website?

  1. It creates a separate directory for Drupal, containing all core files(modules, themes, includes, ...)

OR

  1. It shares the themes, modules and core files, and just creates a sub-site in drupalgardens.com

The second one is more reasonable, But When I read the source HTML I saw the following line:

<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="http://[mysitename].drupalgardens.com/modules/acquia/gardens_client/gardens_alert.css?lva62a" media="all" />

That, in my opinion, says that my website is outside of drupalgardens and has a separate directory instead of being a sub-site in drupalgardens.com

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    The URL of a file like that doesn't mean much, because of concepts like symbolic links and mod_rewrite. – marcvangend Nov 27 '11 at 9:56
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Yes, Drupal Gardens sites are multisites. Modules inside either /modules or /sites/all/modules are shared by all sites in a multisite installation. If we installed an entire instance of Drupal for each individual Gardens site it would be a serious waste of disk space.

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