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How to create multiple stores within a store?

Scenario

You want to create individual stores for your individual sellers. You want the user to first select the "Store" from which they want to buy the product and then see the products that are sold in that particular store. 

Steps

StoreHippo provides the multi-store feature allows you to setup multiple substores within a store to offer a different storefront as well as products, layout, and payment options, etc. to different users. Follow these steps to create substores in your stores:

Enabling MultiStore

  1. Go to Settings > Misc section in StoreHippo admin panel
  2. Select the Enable Multistore checkbox to enable the multistore functionality. 
  3. Go to Settings > Substores in the Admin Panel to create substores. Click on Add New. 
  4. Provide the name of the substore as 'Every little thing'.

  5. Provide the image and sort order of the substore.
  6. Save and the substore will be created.

  7. You can create various substores by following the same procedure.

    Setting up default substores

  8. You might also want to select the default substore for your store. For that, go to Settings > MISC section in the admin panel.
  9. Select the default substore from the drop down and save the settings.
  10. Now, you need to define if you want to show or hide the substores if you do not fill in the records likeproduct, category etc. 
  11. Select hide or show in the Records With Blank Substore field.

    Linking products to substores

  12. Now, you need to link your products to the substores in order to show them in the substores.
  13. Go to Products > Products section in the Admin Panel to specify substore in a product. 
  14. Edit an existing product and provide the name of the substore/substores to which you want to assign the product in the Substore field.
  15. You can do the same for categories, brands, collections, banners, and sliders.

    Choose Substores as pop-up window

  16. Go to Site > Startup Controllers section in StoreHippo Admin Panel
  17. Click on Add New button to create startup controller.

  18. Provide the Name as 'startup_controller' and Controller as shown in the screenshot below:

  19. Click on Save button to save the startup controller. 

    Using substores in themes

  20. Go to Design panel in StoreHippo Admin Panel. 
  21. Edit HTML  > Header and add the following HTML.

  22. Click on Save button on the right side to save the changes.

  23. You can now view the substores on your website.