I set up a website: http://example.com

I set up three store fronts that don't exist yet without a problem.

I created the fourth (last) store front http://example4.com without a problem. This domain is actually a live site that is running on my server at the moment.

Immediately after I click save on the configuration page (changing http://example.com to http://example4.com on the base+link urls (secure+unsecure) I get redirected to example4.com (the live site).

If I try to go to the primary website http://example.com I get redirected to the live http://example4.com as well. This prevents me from viewing the primary site and prevents me login into to Magento at all.

If I edit the values in core_config_data table and clear /var/cache/ I am able to get back to the primary site but trying to configure my 4th store immediately causes the problem again.

Any suggestions? I need to be able to setup this last store in Magento before getting rid of the old site.

Edit : Not sure if it helps anything but changed http://example4.com to example5.com (which is a domain that is parked on top of my the same account that runs example.com). So again I immediately get redirect to example5.com. When I try to goto example.com/admin/ login page I get sent to the magento install/setup system on example5.com.

I have no idea whats going on.

  • Are you creating new websites as well or just store fronts? Because to use a different URL, you will need a new website. And then you can change the base URLs (secure and unsecure) without problems. Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 19:59
  • I have 1 website and I wanted to create 4 different store fronts. The primary store (website) will have all products, each store front will have a slightly different design/template and a subset of the products. They should all have different domains. So you are saying I have to create 4 different websites? Can you explain the purpose of storefronts then? Thanks, I appreciate it.
    – hendr1x
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 20:08
  • I did some reading about the subject and still don't feel like I understand. I want to clarify however that I want all customers and orders to be under one systems and to be shared across all my stores (or whatever they are called).
    – hendr1x
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 20:25
  • Hi @hendr1x, I feel that I understand your question better now. I will answer it here. Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 21:21

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To help you understand: In Magento you can have multiple WebSites, Stores and/or Store Views. They are all controlled by the same admin, which means that you don't need a new database or a new Magento installation.

You manage this features in the menu System > Manage Stores

The basic difference between these 3 options are:

  • Store Views are used most for language purposes (if you want to translate your store, for example)
  • Stores are used when you need a different set of products
  • WebSites are used when you need a different URL

Here you can find more information about this topic.

In your case, you will need a new WebSite for each domain and each WebSite will have their own Store. With this approach you can have the different domains that you want and also different set of products in each store; but still have 1 admin panel, 1 database, etc.

I suggest you to create a new Store View then a new Store and link the Store View created with this new Store. Then, create a new WebSite and link it to the Store created.

After that, follow the steps of this answer to set the domain for each store.

Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!

  • Thank you for your thoughtful response. I will try your recommended setup tonight. What I don't understand is why the have settings for domain names in the store configuration settings. If what you said is true, shouldn't they be declared on the website level?
    – hendr1x
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 13:42
  • That's a good question...I believe that you can have different URL's for stores if you use a folder, like this: example.com/store1 and example.com/store2 . To use a subdomain store2.example.com or a new domain example2.com I think you need a Website. But this is just my opinion, maybe someone else can explain this better :) Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:08
  • Unfortunately I don't think your solution will work for me. It seems (based on my readings) that you can't share carts between websites. Unfortunately I don't know what to do.
    – hendr1x
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 17:46
  • That's right, you can't share carts, just the products and customers. Sorry that this does not work for you =( Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 17:28

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