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I am building 3 magento websites using 1 magento installation, and those 3 are connected as below:

  • When user enters the site domain.com, they will enter the "main" website and presented by 2 options, go to "sub" website A or "sub" website B.
  • Each sub website has their own products and has a different theme, but when user switches between each sub-website, they'll carry the cart with them. In other words, they share the cart between the sub-websites.
  • Once the user is done shopping, they will go to checkout on the main website.
  • On the main website's cart, if the user clicks the product that comes from subwebsite A, they will be redirected to subwebsite A with its own theme, and this goes for another product.
  • Another feature is, when user uses the "search functionality" on subwebsite A, they will only get results from sub-website A's products.

What is the best way to achieve this? Should I use 3 websites or just 3 stores under the same website?

  • im thinking about that too, so maybe my best bet is use multi stores and deal with it. it seems that multi stores is less complicated than multi websites. – Doni Wibowo Oct 7 '14 at 2:54
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It seems that you just can just be served with a single Magento store with some minor modifications. The main page can be a static page directing the User to two different Categories. Each of those categories can have their own Overridden theme applied and will share a cart. The only option would be to modify the search functionality to be aware of the category the user is searching for.

  • Excellent solution while using built-in features! +1 – Rick Buczynski Feb 14 '15 at 4:29
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I ended up using 1 website and 2 stores

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