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Setting Up Your Store Hierarchy

If you have planned your store hierarchy and set up the appropriate root categories, you are ready to set up your store hierarchy. 
 
Purpose:
To explain how to set up your store hierarchy.
 
Solution:
  1. From the horizontal top menu in the Admin Panel, select System > Manage Stores  to open the Manage Stores page.
  2. To create a new website:
    • Click Create Website to open the New Website page.
    • In the Name field, specify a name for this website.  Typically this will be the site's domain name (for example, somecompany.com).
    • In the Code field, specify a code name that the Apache Web server will use to point to the domain name (for example, somecompany_com).
    • (Optional) In the Sort Order field, specify an integer number to determine where this website is listed in scope-selection drop-down lists in the backend.  A specification of 1 places this website at the top of the list, 2 places it second, and so on.
    • Click Save Website.
  3. To create a new store:
    • From the Manage Stores page, click Create Store to open the New Store page.
    • In the Website drop-down list, select the website that will be the parent of this store.
    • In the Name field, specify a name for this store.
    • In the Root category drop-down list, select the root category for this store.  A root category can be assigned to more than one store, or to stores in different websites.
    • Click Save Store.
  4. To create a new store view:
    • From the Manage Stores page, click Create Store View to open the New Store View page.
    • In the Store drop-down list, select the store that is associated with this store view.
    • In the Name field, specify a name for this store view, for example, French.
    • In the Code field, specify a code for this store view, for example, somecompany.fr.
    • In the Status drop-down list, select whether this store view is Enabled or Disabled.
    • (Optional) In the Sort Order field, specify an integer number to determine where this store view is listed under its associated store in scope-selection drop-down lists in the backend.  A specification of 1 places this website at the top of the list, 2 places it second, and so on.
    • Click Save Store View.

Note: If you are associating a separate domain with each website, some modifications must be made to the web server configuration files.  For details, see the following Magento Knowledge Base article: http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/entry/tutorial-multi-site-multi-domain-setup 

 

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