2017-07-27
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How to Manage Data Per Specific Shop Using PrestaShop Global Selector

When PrestaShop multistore feature is activated, you can arrange data within multiple shop groups and shops. It provides you the possibility to assign entities to specific shop in the way you need and customize associations on per-shop basis.


You will definitely need to switch between shops to access data from specific one or to know which shop changes are applied to. In order to let you filter PrestaShop data by shop Store Manager has introduced Global Selector option, that is actually a dropdown menu with the list of shop groups and shops.


Global Selector has been introduced to Store Manager application in version 2.34.0.1787. If you have the version older than this, update to the version mentioned to use this option.

How Does PrestaShop Global Selector Work?

All the entities in PrestaShop are handled on the shop or shop group level. When configuring or updating products, categories, combinations, attribute groups and attributes, manufacturers, suppliers, carriers, features, customers, specific prices, warehouses, currencies, tax rules etc you can assign it to specific shop or shop group.


Global Selector allows you to easily filter PrestaShop data by shop and access this shop’s context, view entities assigned to selected shop group or shop in Store Manager application.


In order to view the entities you have within all the shops, you need to select respectively “All Shops” option from the menu.



Whatever page is active in the application, Global Selector is displayed on the main menu. Press it to expand entire shop structure with all the groups and shops available. Then select the shop or shop group to access data assigned to it.



When you switch between Store Manager sections with specific shop chosen in Global Selector, you will see products, categories, attributes, customers and other entities inherent to this shop or shop group only.



When the multistore interface is enabled, many aspects become customizable on a per-shop. Check the points we cover below before implementing updates via Store Manager.


1) Creating New Entities

Whenever you want to create new categories, products, attributes, features, manufacturers, etc within specific shop’s context, you should either choose this shop from PrestaShop Global Selector or configure associations in corresponding tab of the edit form.


Let’s create, for example, new attribute and assign it to certain shop. We can first choose this shop from Global Selector and then configure attribute or use any shop’s context but further specify associations in corresponding field of the edit form.



“All Shops” options being active in Global Selector, the entity will be added to all the shops respectively.


2) Changing Shop Associations

Shop associations can be updated for entities notwithstanding what shop is currently active in Global Selector.


If you need to update associations for products, attributes, features, suppliers, etc from specific shop’s context, open it in the edit mode, switch to “Associations” tab and assign this product to necessary shop or shops.



3)Creating Orders Via POS

Before launching point of sale wizard for order creation, select certain shop from PrestaShop Global Selector. It allows you to access products assigned to this shop in POS search as well as customer accounts associated with this shop.



4)Mass Generators: Combinations, Specific Prices, Customizations

There are bulk generators of product specific prices, customizations and combinations in Store Manager. If you need to massively add these properties to products in specific shop’s context, make sure this shop is active in Global Selector. If “All Shops” options is active, combinations, specific prices and customizations will be added to products throughout all the shops if these products are assigned to them.


5)Importing Data to Specific Shop

Store Manager for PrestaShop allows to import products, categories, customers and orders to specific shop or shops. There is “Shop association” section on “Import options” step in corresponding wizard. PrestaShop products and categories can be appended to more than one shop and you respectively need to enable checkbox for each shop or for shop group.



Speaking about customers, they are being imported to one shop at a time. The list of all shops is represented in the dropdown on “Import Options” step.



Global Selector lets you quickly switch between your shops to access data from specific shop’s context.


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