Currently, I have two static HTML folders: 1 for English webiste , and 2 for Thai website. They have the same look and feel but different menu and content. To be precise, the menu and content in the www.example.org/th are not translated versions of the English site, they are totally different.

URL for the English website is http://www.example.org and http://www.example.org/th for the Thai website. I want to switch to Drupal 7. So, here's what I have in the to-do list:


  • Create a parent theme (www.exaple.org)
  • Create a sub theme for (www.example.org/th)


  • I will create a Panel with "th" path for www.example.org/th and then make it use the subtheme (not sure if this is the correct approach)
  • Create a different menu and will put it in the Panel (not sure if this will work out that way)

Should I create Panel and different menu or Should I go with single Drupal installation that can be used to power multiple websites to get the same result as I currently have with static HTML sites? If so, please show me some tips or sample to get started.

Thank you.

  • Even if you sites will not have the same content and navigation, are there parts that you do want to be the same? For instance users, taxonomy terms, node types or views? Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 10:11
  • No. They don't have the share anything. Now, that you asked me this question, it's clear that I should have two different installations.
    – Narazana
    Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 10:21
  • In that case I agree with @Berdir's answer. Just create two completely separate sites. Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 15:16

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Yes, if these two sites are really separate and have nothing in common, I would go with a multi-site setup and a single Drupal installation.

This is supported out of the box, see the Multi-site documentation on drupal.org for more information.

  • @Naranza wants www.example.org for one site and www.example.org/th for the other, but I'm not sure if multisite would be a solution. A multisite installation could handle www.example.org and th.example.org for instance, but can it put a separate site in a subdirectory? Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 15:20
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    @marcvangend: It's possible with sme Apache configuration, see for example drupalcoder.com/blog/drupal-multisite-in-subfolders. And if that doesn't work, you could still install two separate installations, only downside is that you need to update both separately.
    – Berdir
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 6:23

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