Enable multi-site support

Multi-store support in Magento is an important feature. This guide will attempt to set up and, both sharing the same catalog. You can also configure subdomains if you prefer, and use a different catalog for each store.

Add new categories

To begin with, add new Categories. You can add Subcategories or Root Categories, depending on whether you want to share the catalog or not. In this case, create two Subcategories, “Shoes” and “Clothes”.

To do so, go to the “Products -> Categories -> Add Subcategory” menu. Use the name you want, set “Is Active” to “Yes” in the “General Information” tab, and “Is Anchor” to “Yes” in the “Display Settings” tab.

Configure the stores

The next step is to create the websites. To do so, go to the “Stores -> All Stores -> Create Website” menu. In the “Name” field, enter the domain of your new site and in the “Code” field, the code Magento will use to call this site. Here’s an example:

Magento store configuration

Once the websites have been created, create the store corresponding to each website by clicking the “Create Store” button in the “Stores -> All Stores -> Create Store” menu. “Website” is the website to which this store will be associated, “Name” is the same as “Website”, and “Root Category” is the root category that will be used for this store.

Magento store view

Finally, create the store view, which is the interface that the customer will access on the front-end. Click the “Create Store View” button in the “Stores -> All Stores” menu. Set the “Store” field to the store which this view will be associated with. Enter the name of this store view, the code for this store view and use the “Status” field to enable the store view and make it accessible from the front-end.

Magento store view

After the store has been created, go to the “System -> Configuration -> General” menu and make sure that “Default Config” is selected under “Current Configuration Scope”. Select the Web section and set “Auto-redirect to Base URL” to “No” under the “URL Options” menu.

Magento store configuration

Configure the “Unsecure Base URL” and “Secure Base URL” for your newly created stores. Before setting their respective base URLs, ensure that the configuration scope is set to the website to define which site you are working on.

Magento store configuration

Then, modify the base URLs for both “Unsecure” and “Secure” scenarios with the corresponding domain name by unchecking the “Use default [STORE VIEW]” checkbox . Save the configuration.

Magento store configuration

Magento store configuration

Repeat the steps above for

Configure the Apache server

The next step is to configure Apache to use Virtual Hosts and redirect depending on the domain.

Add the following lines at the end of the /opt/bitnami/magento/.htaccess file to redirect the request depending on the domain.

SetEnvIf Host www\.domain1\.com MAGE_RUN_CODE=domain1_com
SetEnvIf Host www\.domain1\.com MAGE_RUN_TYPE=website
SetEnvIf Host ^domain1\.com MAGE_RUN_CODE=domain1_com
SetEnvIf Host ^domain1\.com MAGE_RUN_TYPE=website

SetEnvIf Host www\.domain2\.com MAGE_RUN_CODE=domain2_com
SetEnvIf Host www\.domain2\.com MAGE_RUN_TYPE=website
SetEnvIf Host ^domain2\.com MAGE_RUN_CODE=domain2_com
SetEnvIf Host ^domain2\.com MAGE_RUN_TYPE=website

Here, MAGE_RUN_CODE is the code provided when configuring the New Website.

You should now have different stores depending on the domain used.

Last modification February 9, 2023