AbanteCart multi-store

AbanteCart has multi-store abilities which allow you to manage multiple stores from one admin interface.

To setup multi-store first of all setup your main store with main domain name.

if You need to create multi-store you DON’T NEED to install cart again or anything do with files. Only you need is two things:
1. setup additional domain (addon domain) or sub-domain in your hosting provider admin panel
2. set up second store in the admin of main store. At the end you should have 1 cart admin and 2 (or more) storefronts

Please note

the first step is not AbanteCart related. If you have problems please contact with your hosting provider support to help you.

Set up your hosting cPanel

Set up two or more domains in your hosting service control panel. This is very important to make sure that the second domain is routed to the correct folder.

There is several ways in cPanel - sub domain or addon domain.

Here is short example for sub-domain setup

In your cPanel click on sub-domains icon

Create a sub-domain. Document Root to be the same

Example if AbanteCart installed not in root folder. Document Root to be the same.

You can change document root after subdomain created!


Very important - Document Root value should be same with main domain!!! If you have AbanteCart installed in some folder for example /public_html/somefolder/mycartfolder/ subdomain Root should be the same.

Also a lot of other problems here not AbanteCart related:
• some hosting provider limit or don't allow sub-domains
• if you are using a content delivery network you should edit A record in DNS zone editor manually and/or modify additional settings


Anyway a lot of beginners have issues with this step because:

  • Due to DNS propagation, the sub-domain can take up to 24 hours and more to start working
  • make sure to link the sub-domain to the path where the default store was installed to. The Document Root is the same in the default store and the multistore
  • make sure there is no redirection setup for new subdomain/domain
  • usually user may need to clear browser cache and DNS cache on local computer to resolve new or reconfigured domains/subdomains
  • also possible some settings in .htaccess file or file permissions issue prevent correct work

Please contact with your hosting service provider to make sure your domain/subdomain configured correctly


Set up your AbanteCart admin panel

in AbanteCart admin go to System > Settings

click on Create New Store button

fill in the at least following fields:

Status: Turn it On to enable store.

Store Name: The name of your store or business.

Store URL: Include the full URL to your store. Make sure to add '/' at the end. Example: http://www.second.yourdomain.com/store/

Starting from AbanteCart v1.1.0 you able to copy all setting from already created store. At least from your default store.

click Save button, the page will reload and you will be able to edit all other store settings.

Once setup complete you can use multi-store in several ways:

  • one back-end to manage all stores
  • use different templates on each store
  • display different products/categories on each storefront
  • display different blocks, banners... layout (by modify store's template)
  • localize each store by setting a different default language, currency.
  • setting different shipping and payment methods.

single domain note

If you use domain.com as main store, it will work as *.domain.com and other stores can not use same domain
If you need to use subdomain store1.domain.com as an additional store, please make sure main store use subdomain in settings (example: www.domain.com)

How to delete store

in AbanteCart admin go to System > Settings

select store in the Edit Settings: drop down

click Edit Store button

the trash bin icon appear, click on it to completely remove store

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