we are setting up a multistore. Now we see "__store and ___from_store" in the UR. Is there an easy (and accepted method) of utilizing the functionality, but hiding the url string "__store and ___from_store"

So moving from domain1.com => domain2.com does not result in


but rather



  • See System > Config > Web > Add Store Code – mbalparda Jan 26 '15 at 17:07
  • Setting is set to NO. Are you suggesting to switch this to YES? – snh_nl Jan 26 '15 at 18:30
  • @snh_nl I am asking some info apart from your post, i am created multi-store, using blog.chapagain.com.np/magento-setup-multiple-website. I am using the same theme for both stores, how can i change header and footer for my second store, pls keep in mind same theme. What is the use of symlinks? – zus Dec 25 '17 at 12:07

One possible solution is to change the your page/switch/languages.phtml file

Find the line that reads

echo $_lang->getCurrentUrl()

And replace with

echo $_lang->getCurrentUrl(false)

Option 2

Go to System -> Configuration -> Web -> URL Options and set the 'Add Shop Code to URLs' option to Yes

This will make the urls to the store appear like the following:



To edit the names of your stores to be SEO friendly, go to System -> Manage Shops


Thanks to @mbalparda and this article

Actually setting the option "System > Config > Web > Add Store Code" to YES: removes __store from the url because Magento now uses /storecode/ to identify which store needs to be opened.

Open question: is how does this work with storeviews that are on different domains? Here I don't think you would want this setting set to YES ...


Magento Enterprise does this with a redirect as soon as the __store parameter is recognized and the store cookie has been set. With an observer on controller_front_init_before you should be able to rebuild this feature for CE.

  • Do you mean controller_front_init_before? – Simon Aug 30 '16 at 9:47
  • @Simon: yes. I shouldn't try to write event names without looking them up :) – Fabian Schmengler Aug 30 '16 at 9:49
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    +1 :D Can you at least tell where EE implements that? – Simon Aug 30 '16 at 9:51

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