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The multistore interface

The Multistore page

Understanding the multistore page organization

When the multistore feature is enabled, a new page is available under the Advanced Parameters menu: the Multistore page.
This page is divided into 3 sections:
  • Multistore tree: The multistore tree gives you an overview of how your stores are organized into different groups.
  • Multistore: This table lists all the store groups you have created, whether they are enabled or not.
  • Multistore options: In this section, you can select the store you want to set as default.

Working in different contexts

For version 1.7.8.0, PrestaShop and the open source community have worked on new features to facilitate the management of multiple stores. Those new features are not available on all pages yet, so both old and new behaviors were documented here.

Knowing what context you are in

When the multistore feature is enabled, you can apply changes to either all stores, a group of stores, or a specific store, depending on the context selected in the drop-down selector or the header.
  • All stores: Changes will apply to all your stores.
  • Group X: Changes will only apply to the stores in group X.
  • Store Y: Changes will only apply to store Y.

The drop-down selector (older versions and non-updated pages)

The drop-down selector at the top of each page of the back office indicates the context you are working on (All stores, group, or single store).

The header (from version 1.7.8.0)

From the 1.7.8.0 version, the multistore interface evolves and the drop-down selector turns into a header on most of the pages.
The color of each store or group of stores can be customized on the Advanced Parameters > Multistore page. Depending on the store you are working on, the header will change color, allowing you to know at a glance what context you are in.

Make changes to a group of stores or to a specific store

To apply changes to a group of stores or to a specific store, switch context with the drop down-selector (or the header, from version 1.7.8.0) and select the group or the store you want to customize.
The interface might be different depending on your version of PrestaShop and the page you are on:

The multistore toggle button and checkboxes (older versions and pages)

In a group or single store context, new options will appear on the page, allowing you to customize settings for the specific group or store selected:
  • A multistore "Yes/No" toggle button
  • A checkbox next to each parameter
To make changes:
  1. 1.
    To make all settings for a section editable, set the multistore toggle button to "Yes". If you only want to customize a specific setting, check the box next to it.
  2. 2.
    Once a parameter is editable, make your changes and save.
Setting the multistore toggle to yes or checking a box makes the parameter(s) editable but doesn't change their value. It's up to you to make your adjustments and save.

Checkboxes (from version 1.7.8.0)

Checkboxes are displayed when you are working in a single-store or group context. They allow you to modify a parameter for a specific store or a group of stores and keep a record of this change.
If the box is checked next time you'll go to the page, it means that the parameter is customized for the store or the group of stores you are working on. Unchecking the box will cancel the customization and the parameter will take the same value as in the "All stores" context (or the group context, if any).
For example, in the screenshot below, the box next to the maintenance text parameter is checked. This means that this parameter is customized in Store 1.
For now, this feature is only available on the Shop Parameters > Maintenance page. You can follow the progress and even contribute on GitHub.

Keep track of the changes made on a single store

The specific settings drop-down (from version 1.7.8.0)

Thanks to the specific settings drop-down, if you make changes to a specific store, and that you then go back to the "All stores" or group context, you'll be able to easily know which parameters have been modified in a specific store.
So, if you see this drop-down next to a parameter, it means that this parameter has been customized in at least one store. Deploy the drop-down to know which store(s) are concerned.
Customized: The parameter was modified in the store.
Inherited: The parameter is set in the same way as in all stores.