I want to create some customers programatically and I have an issue when I want to save the website ID.

I have multiple website IDs:

0 => admin
1 => germany
2 => hungary
3 => romania

This is my code:

 $customer = Mage::getModel("customer/customer");

When I saved a customer I get the Admin value selected from the website drop down. Whatever value I give to the website Id (like 12321) I got the Admin value. Why ?



3 Answers 3


Can you try with this code:

//If you know store id
$storeId = 'id';
$store = Mage::getModel('core/store')->load($storeId); // Mage::app()->getStore($storeId);
if($store && $store->getId()) {
    $customer = Mage::getModel("customer/customer");

//->setStore reference:app/code/core/Mage/Customer/Model/Customer.php
 * Set store to customer
 * @param Mage_Core_Model_Store $store
 * @return Mage_Customer_Model_Customer
public function setStore(Mage_Core_Model_Store $store)
    return $this;
  • I get this error message: Fatal error: Uncaught Mage_Core_Exception: Customer website ID must be specified when using the website scope Dec 20, 2016 at 9:29
  • 1
    You're trying load customer by Email? This problem is referred in: app/code/core/Mage/Customer/Model/Resource/Customer.php:212 +0- Please read: inchoo.net/magento/programming-magento/…
    – osrecio
    Dec 20, 2016 at 9:33

This is the sample of my code and you have to set the website ID 2 times. Don't ask me why. Maybe someone will give you a better solution but this one is works for me:




Try this code

$websitesArray = array(0 => "admin",
                1 => "germany",
                2 => "hungary",
                3 => "romania");
foreach($websitesArray as $websiteId => $websiteName) {
    $website = Mage::getModel('core/website')->load($websiteId);
    if($website->getId()) {
        $customer = Mage::getModel("customer/customer");
                    ->setEmail('[email protected]')

        catch (Exception $e) {

Note :

Go to admin side System > configuration > Customers > Customer Configuration > Account Sharing Options and set Per Website in field Share Customer Accounts

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