I need some help with the logic and configuration of my webstore.
Right now, I’m using OsCMax (a variant of OsCommerce) in several shopping cart websites, and it’s becomming really hard to maintain.
I’ve just installed Magento on a testing domain, to perform all sorts of tests and try to accomplish what I’m looking for; as far as I understand from the user guide and tutorials, it seems to be quite easy, but I still can’t make it work. I guess it’s a logic problem, to migrate my brain to Magento’s superior architecture.
So, here it is, with an example:
Let’s say I run a shopping mall, with several stores; some of them will live in a single domain, but have to look separate; and some of them will live in different domains. All products will be in the same catalog, in different categories.
Structure (to be repeated N times):
website1.com/category1 // with several sub-categories
website1.com/category2 // with several sub-categories
website2.com/category3 // with several sub-categories
These would need to be accessed via these actual links structure: website.com/category
All the products can (and need to) be under the same catalog, for administration purposes.
All customers should be in the same db, no need to separate customers dbs.
What I’ve done so far:
- I’ve created several root categories, trying unsuccessfully to reach them via ‘website.com/category’
- I’ve created several subcategories under the root categories, but I can’t manage to have only the category/subcategories displaying in a website.com/category configuration (meaning that the category should NOT be visible when reaching website.com/category, only its subcategories in the top menu).
- I’m reading through the user guide and the knowledge base. I’m understanding what I’m reading, but can’t do what I intend to do.
Please let me know any needed clarifications.
Thank you in advance for your help.