Scope Quick Reference

Scope Description
Global  
Admin All websites, stores, and store views in the installation are managed from the same Admin.
Default Config The global default configuration settings are used through the store hierarchy, unless they are overridden at a lower level.
Catalog The term catalog refers to the product database as a whole, and is available throughout the installation.
Product Prices Product prices can be configured to be applied at either a global or website level.
Product Configurations Attributes that are used as configurable product options must have a global scope.
Customers Customer accounts can be configured to be applied at a global or website level. Each website can have a separate set of customer accounts or share the same customer accounts with other websites in the installation.
Website  
Domain Additional websites can be set up as subdomains of the primary domain, or have separate IP addresses and dedicated domains.
Customers Customer accounts can be configured to be applied at a global or website level. Each website can have a separate set of customer accounts or share the same customer accounts with other websites in the installation.
Currency Each website can be assigned a different base currency. The base currency is used to process all transactions, although a different display currency might appear to the customer, according to the locale of the store view.
Products Individual products are assigned to the hierarchy at the website level. The Products grid lists all products in the catalog, and the websites where they are available. The Product in Websites setting identifies each website where the product is available.
Product Prices Product prices can be configured to be applied at either a global or website level.
Payment Methods Payment methods are configured at the website level, although the title and instructions can be configured for each store view.
Checkout The checkout process takes place at the website level, although some display options can be configured for each store view. All stores associated with a website have the same checkout configuration.
Store  
Root Category Each store can have a separate set of products and main menu that is based on a “root” category and subcategories. Each catalog has a root category that is assigned at the store level.
Store View  
Subcategories The subcategories that make up the main menu (under the root) are assigned at the store view level.
Locale Each store view can be assigned a different locale. The display currency, units of measurement, and most of the Admin interface are specific to the locale.
Languages To support multiple languages, all content, including product descriptions, must be translated for each store view.
Display Currency A different display currency can be used for each store view, although the transactions are processed at the website level using the base currency.