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Understanding the difference between Websites, Webstores and Webstore Views

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One of Magento’s advanced features allows for management of multiple websites and stores within one installation,
This is known as GWS - “Global, Website, Store.” and can either be configured manually or via the bNetCentric Website creation wizard

  • Global: This refers to the entire magento installation.
  • Website: Websites are ‘parents’ of stores.  A website consists of one or more stores. Websites can be set up to share customer data, or not to share any data. They can also share product data
  • Store (or store view group): Stores are ‘children’ of websites.  Products and Categories are managed on the store level.  A root category is configured for each store view group, allowing multiple stores under the same website to have totally different catalog structures.
  • Store View: A store needs one or more store views to be browse-able in the front-end.  The catalog structure per store view will always be the same, it simply allows for multiple presentations of the data in the front.  90% of implementations will likely use store views to allow customers to switch between 2 or more languages.
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