Can I create a Drupal site, where a user, let's call her Jane, can create an account and publish some content, like a few articles. Then create accounts for her friends who can login and view all the nodes she has created, and which they create. At the same time, Paul creates an account, creates some nodes, and invites his friends etc. However, Paul and his friends cannot see Jane's nodes or users - and vice versa. It feels to Jane and Paul that they have there own separate website.

What are the key Drupal concepts or methods for creating a site like this? Thanks.

  • Both of these are interesting suggestions. I'd never heard of either. I guess I'll investigate OG first and if it doesn't do everything I need, look into multi-sites. Thanks.
    – dbj44
    Apr 25, 2013 at 14:57

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This seems like a perfect use case for Organic Groups.

Enable users to create and manage their own 'groups'. Each group can have subscribers, and maintains a group home page where subscribers communicate amongst themselves.

I'm not going to go in depth with setup or anything, as OG is a beast of a module, but the benefits are immense, and should allow you to do exactly what you need. It's the same module that provides the groups.drupal.org functionality :)

A quick Google search will provide a wealth or information, as will a browse of the tag.

Also check these out for a brief overview of OG:


However, Paul and his friends cannot see Jane's nodes or users - and vice versa. It feels to Jane and Paul that they have there own separate website.

Organic Groups (as suggested by Chapabu) may well be the solution you're after, but it is (IMHO) not a module that is easy to set up or manage.

As an alternative, in particular if you want a clear and total separation between Paul's and Jane's "sites" you can achieve this by means of a so-called multi-site. A multi-site allows you to share a single Drupal installation (including core, contributed modules, and themes) among several sites, where each site has its own database, content, and users.

The canonical documentation for setting up a multi-site can be found at Drupal.org: Multisite.

In addition to the official documentation, you may want to read my tutorial about setting up a multi-site here. I hope the instructions are clear enough to follow.

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    The functionality asked for is waaaaay below the need for a multisite install. A multisite method would involve each user having to have a dev/sysadmin set up their own site instance.
    – Chapabu
    Apr 25, 2013 at 14:23
  • I don't think the answer is wrong, I just think a multisite approach would be like using a sledgehammer to squash a spider (note - in the UK we have small spiders ;-)).
    – Chapabu
    Apr 25, 2013 at 14:36
  • It is relatively heavy handed for what the OP wants. "user A creates an account and logs in, creates private content, user b creates an account and logs in, creates private content". The main reason I think that the multi site approach is possibly incorrect in this use case is because it still requires dev/sysadmin action for every individual "site". An OG can be created/maintained directly by an end user with zero dev/sysadmin input.
    – Chapabu
    Apr 25, 2013 at 14:46
  • Just to clarify my standing as well: I am not saying you are wrong as that would be rude as this is a "horses for courses" question really, I'm just politely disagreeing :-)
    – Chapabu
    Apr 25, 2013 at 14:48
  • @Gisle Hannemyr - can you elaborate on this point in your tutorial: Sub-directory 7. Create a symbolic link in the drupal root directory making a sandbox sub-directory that (via a symbolic link) points to the Drupal root directory (ln -s . sandbox). Where does this line of code go? Thanks.
    – dbj44
    Jun 11, 2013 at 21:33

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