How to setup multiple stores on Magento

by Cloudways  September 28, 2015

Magento comes with many features and uses for online store owners. One of the most useful features of Magento is its ability to make multiple stores with the same backend installation. This is made possible by allowing multiple storefronts to share common code base and backend, making administration of stores much easier. Stores can share customer base, products catalog and settings based on how you decide to configure them.

How-to-set-up-Magento-Multi-Stores

In this article, I am going to show you how to setup multiple stores using a Magento admin.

Creating Front Store

First, you have to create a front store. To create a front store, follow these steps:

  • Install Magento and login to your Magento admin.
  • In the top menu of your Magento admin, go to Catalog > Manage Categories.

Magento Manage Category

  • After this, click Add Root Category button.

Magento Root Category

  • In Name field, enter the name of your new store.
  • Under Is Active, select Yes.
  • Under Display Settings, in Is Anchor, select Yes, and select Save Category. (Shown in the Image Below)

Magento: Is Anchor

  • After this, go to System > Manage Stores.
  • Click on Create Website button.

Magento: Create Website

  • In Name field, enter your new store name.
  • After this, enter a unique code in the Code field without spaces and click Save Website. Remember to write down this code, so you may use it later.

Magento Admin Panel

    • After Creating New Website, click on Create Store button.

Magento Create Store

  • In the Website field, select the website that you created.
  • In the Name field, type a name for your store.
  • In Root Category field, select the root category that you created. Click Save Store button.

Magento Save Store

  • After creating New Store, click on Store View button.

Magento: Store View

  • In the Store field, select the website that you created.
  • In the Name field, type a name for your store.
  • In the Code field, enter a unique code to identify your store view.
  • Change the Status to Enabled. Click Save Store View button.

Magento: Save Store View

After this go to System > Configuration.

  • In the Current Configuration Scope, select the website that you created.

Magento: Current Configuration Scope

  • Select the Web menu, and click to expand the Unsecure and Secure sections.

Magento Admin Panel

  • For each section, clear the Use Default check box next to the Base URL and type the URL for your store. Click Save Config.

Magento: Save Config

You just successfully set up your new Magento store.

Configure the server to load new Magento stores

After creating your stores via the Magento admin panel, you need to prep up your server before loading your new Magento store onto it. There are several ways for doing this. In this article, I am going to share the most common and useful method that work for any Magento version.

First, you need to separate directories for each of your stores using secondary domains.

  • For that, you need to Make sure that the domain you wish to use is pointing to the server.

Follow the instructions given below to create a secondary domain with Cloudways for your new store.

  • First, log in to the Cloudways Console with your Username and Password. Then, click on Manage Server Button.

Cloudways Console

After this, go to Application Management > Domain Management.

Cloudways Console: Domain Management

After this, click the Add Domain button. Now, enter the domain name that you used in your Magento Admin’s secure and unsecure tabs in the Base URL field.

After creating the secondary Domain, add the following Code in your .htaccess file.

Now save your file!

You just successfully configured your multiple stores on the Magento application on Cloudways. You can now start working on developing your new Magento store by loading the domain in your browser.

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  • Adam Bergman

    If I would like to use subdirectories in my Magento store, how do I do then?

    • Wajid Hussain

      For each store, first create “Root Category” in your Magento default or second store and then create subdirectories under your Root Category.

      • Muhemmed Asfand Yar

        I would appreciate if you please share the subdirectories method detail