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    Question Differently themed subsection of website...?

    Our website is a games store specifically for Star Wars games. But there is another, unrelated, range of games that we'd like to sell.

    But we don't want to "dilute" our "star wars only" theme. We also don't want to have a completely separate website (thinking up a new name, and finding another domain is just too much of a pain!)

    So what we want is to have a differently themed section of the website. One where we can have a different header, and a (slightly) different logo (so it is still the same name, but with a different "look" to match the new theme). We would also want to try to keep the 2 parts of the website separate. We can make it so there is a separate "home page" for the 2nd theme, and also fix it so if people click the logo it takes them to the correct home page.

    But there would be the problem that the "home" part of the breadcrumb trail would go to the "main" home page rather than the "correct one".

    So is there a way to have 2 completely separate parts of the website? with home links that automatically link to the correct home page? and maybe where we can use completely different themes with a different colour scheme? Maybe using subdomains?

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    ps. we'd also want to keep the 2 parts separate - so people on the Star Wars side wouldn't see any reference to the other range (so nothing in the nav bar, menus or footer etc) and vica versa.

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    In a previous life, when I looked at doing something similar, it ended up being too much hassle. The theme part wasn't an issue, and to cover the home issue we were going to use a different website name that was similar, which redirected to a theme on the BP site (however we weren't as fussed about other people seeing the other parts of the site).

    But the nav bar became problematic and it seemed easier actually replicate the site with the new site as a channel.

    We didn't do it in the end, but there maybe some useful in there.
    Shaun

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    Thanks. I think I'll register for a test site and have a play around, see what is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loxta View Post
    But the nav bar became problematic and it seemed easier actually replicate the site with the new site as a channel.
    yup the nav bar is going to prevent us doing what we want to do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkStarGames View Post
    yup the nav bar is going to prevent us doing what we want to do...
    As in the links within it? I can think of one POSSIBLE solution, but it would be a REAL pain to maintain every time you want to make changes, so really wouldn't recommend it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    As in the links within it? I can think of one POSSIBLE solution, but it would be a REAL pain to maintain every time you want to make changes, so really wouldn't recommend it!!
    Thanks, but going full split seems too much hassle, so I've just gone slightly split. The new game will have it's own template, so we can change the colours, header and logo etc - and the nav bar is disabled in that template so the only way to the main site is via the home link of the breadcrumbs. This leaves the Star Wars side of the site in tact, with a working nav bar that just has the Star Wars stuff.

    So theoretically, someone could arrive directly on to the new pages, and buy the game, without ever realising there are any star wars games at all. At least until they get to the checkout, then that all falls apart as it goes back to the regular template...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkStarGames View Post
    At least until they get to the checkout, then that all falls apart as it goes back to the regular template...
    Learn something new every day...
    Shaun

    Loxta Hardware
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