All You Should Know About Wildcard Environments In Shopware

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The impact of wildcard environments

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Wildcard environments can protect your website

For specific multisite web applications that need the use of wildcard subdomains, wildcard domains are especially effective for eliminating propagation delays and avoiding the usage of wildcard subdomains. The wildcard domain is configured directly in the DNS, with no need for a document root, when using wildcard domains to reduce propagation delays. Any new subdomains that are created will be resolved promptly.

All you should know about wildcard environments in Shopware

Basic definition

Wildcard environments provide you with the ability to quickly and easily build development environments for your customers’ projects, including test licenses, and then customize them as needed. You may use this method to construct ready-made installations for your clients that include all of the essential extensions and then show them to them as a demo without having to pay the appropriate licenses in advance.

Wildcard environments provide you with a demo version of your online store

Basic function

The ability to establish several customer instances inside a single environment is available to you. You get full access to the Shopware Store in each instance and may develop or rebuild related client projects without the need to license extensions or licenses.

Requirements of using wildcard environment

You must be a partner or a maker of extensions in order to be able to establish a wildcard environment in your Shopware account. If you are not already a Shopware partner, you can learn all you need to know about how to become one by visiting this page.

You need to be a shopware partner to using wildcard environment

Create a wildcard environment

If you do not already have a wildcard environment, you may create one in your partner area by selecting Wildcard environment > Create a new wildcard environment. To do so:

  • Choose the “Create a Wildcard Environment” option from the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Select the URL of your wildcard environment from the drop-down menu.
  • Consider your own domain name, which may look something like this: (or something similar).
  • As soon as you have set up the wildcard environment, you can create a wildcard instance for your clients by clicking the Create wildcard instance button and entering a project name and the Shopware version you want for this instance. For example, project-dev might be used as a name.

Once this is done, the wildcard instance’s subdomain is created by concatenating the project name with the URL of the wildcard environment. For example, would be the domain name in this situation.

Your wildcard environment’s subdomains must include one of the phrases test, dev, localhost, demo, or wildcard, as well as the word wildcard itself. As a result, we propose that you include this explicitly in the URL of the wildcard environment’s wildcard environment. For example, instead of is an acceptable alternative. Alternatively, you may incorporate one of these terms in the name of each project if you so like. Take, for example, project-development.

It is possible to add extensions and set up an installation for the customer on your server after building a Wild Card instance and then utilizing the domain you generated as a licensing domain. All of the extensions that you have enabled in the instance are made accessible to you in this manner.

Add the individual plugins to a wildcard instance

A wildcard environment requires that you first add an extension to the wildcard instance that the extension will use before you can use it. This is accomplished by selecting the chosen instance from the Wildcard Environments section or by clicking on the three dots beneath the project’s name and selecting Details from the context menu. In the instance details window that appears, choose the Add license option and then pick the required extensions that you want to include in your wildcard instance by clicking on them.

Add the individual plugins to a wildcard instance

Once all of the appropriate extensions have been added, click on Store in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to save the licenses in your wildcard configuration. You have complete control over the list of extensions and may add or delete them at any moment.

Set up an installation for the wildcard instance

You are responsible for completing the Shopware installation on your own server. Installations in wildcard environments are not permitted to be performed on the customer server. It is crucial to keep the subdomain of the wildcard instance in the shop in order to be able to access all extensions. In Shopware 6, you can store the domain as a licensed domain by going to Settings > System > Shopware Account.

For Shopware 6

After you have entered the subdomain, you will be able to find the selected extensions under Extensions > My Extensions, where you will be able to download and install them.

Using Shopware 5, you may save the domain name in the Host field by going to Configuration > Basic settings > Shop settings > Shops.

For Shopware 5

After that, you may discover the newly added plugins under Configuration > Plugin management > My purchases and install them from that location.

Is it possible to use an instance within the wildcard environment as a staging area for customer projects as well? No. An environment/instance can only be used to reconstruct or prepare customer projects that fall under your domain’s purview and jurisdiction. A live or client domain environment is not permitted in this environment.

Final Words

We hope this short article has provided all you should know about wildcard environments in Shopware. Suppose you want to grow your online company. In that case, you should consider separating your activities into many subdomains in order to lessen the strain on a single domain and keep them organized. The security of subdomains from hackers is similar to that of significant domains, so a wildcard SSL certificate is required. With a wildcard SSL certificate, you can safeguard your website against search engine penalties as well as cyber-attacks such as phishing and ransomware.

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