I am a wholesaler and I sell thousands of products to over 4,500 retailers through a Magento website (1.7). The retailers in turn sell the products directly to the public. Our retailers would like us to provide them with a website that they can use as their own. In an ideal world, we would like it to work like this…
We create the 4,500 mini sites on our website and they all link to the same catalog. That way, we only need to update a product once. The retailer can go to their site, upload their own logo and select what products from the catalog they want to show on their site. Then they can add a markup to the price or turn pricing off so it is just a catalog.
Firstly, is this even possible? Is running 4,500 multi sites off one database and catalog possible? Will it cause performance, security, or any other issues? Is there a way the retailers can do all I mentioned above themselves?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for all the help guys, much appreciated.
Any advice on maybe doing it another way? What if i created a new sote (or one multi site) and then each company got their own page. In WordPress, on any page you can add a line of code like below to show a specific category.
"[product_category category="mens_shirts" per_page="12" columns="3" orderby="price" order="asc"]"
Then we create a specific category for each retailer with their own sub categories and sub navigation on their pages.
Would this work? I know It would probably be ok on WordPress but I am very inexperienced with Magento so not sure... can a website handle 5000 plus pages each displaying catalog info?
Thanks again for all the help, Mark