Our company is moving it's in-development websites over to a new server on Rackspace using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and NGINX. The transitions went smooth except for one particular Magento site.

This Magento client's site was previously developed (not by us) with a two store front (same Magento install): first store with a Wordpress integration and the other secondary Magento store alone. The client came to us to separate and take down the first store leaving the Worpress as one website and the other as the the main Magento store (from the secondary store).

In the original development server before we migrated, I was able to successfully accomplish this and both websites functioned on their own as expected. However, after the migration of this Magento site (both database and files), the Magento site loads with the 1st original store (store 1) and not with store 2 as the main store, even though store 2 was set was default in the Manage Stores configuration settings.

  • The store two was set a 'default' in the configuration.
  • Files, folders, and databases are exactly the same
  • Subdomains and domain names are exactly the same
  • Cache was cleared

Key Differences on the servers

Original Test Server

  • OS: CentOS release 5.10 (Final) 64 bit
  • Apache: Apache/2.2.22 (Unix)

New Test Server

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS 64 bit
  • NGINX: nginx/1.1.19

Why would the exact same Magento website load the correct store (store 2) but load the incorrect store (store 1) on a different server?

  • Did you manage to fix your issue? Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 21:08
  • I was able to successfully fix the issue and I'll post the resolution as an answer below. Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 18:45

2 Answers 2


It's probably due to the .htaccess not being loaded when using NginX. It's a bit of a guess but the MAGE_RUN_CODE is probably set in the .htaccess which is now ignored. Another issue might be the domain setup of NginX, but for that you might need to add your NginX configuration to your question.

On a side note: if you're used to working with Apache (and htaccess) might I suggest setting up both Apache and NginX on the server and using NginX only as a proxy for media files like images and javascript and letting Apache still handle the PHP requests. The performance gain will still be significant but you will have the advantage of working with Apache.

  • Thanks for the detailed answer. This fixed my issue. Your answer should be approved. Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 14:01
  • Small change of that ever happening but thanks ;) Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 8:15

With the help of Sander Mangel on giving me a direction on what to look for, the NGINX site configuration MAGE_RUN_CODE did not have the store code as store 2, the store I wanted to show. The solution was to change the MAGE_RUN_CODE to the store code set in store 2 and issue was corrected.


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