I advise a campus newspaper at a university that consolidated with another school last year. We are trying to consolidate the separate newspaper web sites now.
Currently, we have three sites (three campuses), all running Wordpress. I have set up a unified Wordpress site on Dreamhost, and we'd like to move the three individual sites to Dreamhost as well (they're on different hosts).
We want to maintain the three individual campus sites, while funneling the best stories and photos to the main site. All four sites will use the same Wordpress theme. The main site will be the portal to our entire university's student media, so it needs to look nice.
We currently use RSS feeds to link to each campus' stories. However, we would like to find an easier and more attractive way to pull stories from the individual sites to the main site without copying, creating a new posting, uploading photos, etc. I have searched for plugins to do this to no avail.
Would it be best for us to use Wordpress Multisite and put all three sites (four, really, counting the main site) into the same hosting account on Dreamhost? From looking on this forum and in other places, I see that this can cause problems, and we do not have a lot of technical support. Also, I'm not sure we can afford anything beyond shared hosting right now -- none of the sites get tons of hits, but we hope those will go up.
Or would it be easier just to move the sites to Dreamhost into separate shared accounts and have the student editors copy and paste the stories and upload the photos twice?
I hope this makes sense. Each of our campus sites is run by different students, but we do have one student acting as editor in chief for all the sites who will be responsible for the main site.
Thanks for any help or advice you can give.