Your Shopify domain is the web address where customers find your online store.
Whether rebranding, aiming for better search engine visibility, or just seeking a fresh identity, you might want to add or change the domain name of your Shopify store for many reasons.
As you scroll, we'll walk you through the pre-change checklist, step-by-step processes for adding or changing your domain, and even the next steps after changing your domain.
Let's dive in!
Deciding to change your Shopify domain name is a significant move, and there are several reasons for making such a decision.
First, you may be looking to increase your online visibility.
Your business structure may have evolved, especially through a merger or acquisition. If so, congratulations!
You may want to add relevant keywords to your domain name to increase your SEO.
Another consideration could be rebranding. Your business may be going through a rebranding process due to changes such as new products or target audiences.
In summary, changing your Shopify domain name requires careful planning, no matter the reason.
So, let's move on to what you need to do before this change.
Here is a checklist of things to do before changing your Shopify domain name:
1. Back up your store data.
It's essential to back up all your store data, including product information, customer details, orders, and any customizations you've made to your store's theme.
⭐Note: Shopify recommends that merchants use CSV files for manual store backups.
2. Inform stakeholders and your customers.
If your store is already operating and receiving traffic, informing your stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, and partners, about the upcoming domain name change is crucial.
3. Review third-party integrations.
If you have third-party integrations (payment gateways, shipping services, marketing tools), check how the domain change might affect them.
Contact the service providers or review the documentation to understand the steps needed to update the domain in their systems.
You can add a domain name in Shopify using three different methods. Here they are:
First Method: If you don’t have a domain name, you can buy and add a domain name on Shopify by following these 6 steps.
1. Go to Settings and click "Domains".
2. Click "Buy new domain".
3. Enter your desired domain.
4. Review available domains and their prices. After choosing the one you want, click “Buy” to complete the purchase.
5. Finally, verify your email after making the purchase.
Second Method: If you already own a domain from a third-party provider (like GoDaddy or Bluehost), use the "Connect Existing Domain" option from the Domains setting screen.
Third Method: If you already own a domain from a third-party provider and want to manage all your domain settings from your Shopify admin, you can transfer your domain to Shopify by choosing the “Transfer Domain” option from the Domains setting screen.
🌟Note: Connecting an existing domain means another company still manages your web address while transferring a domain to Shopify means moving the control of your web address to Shopify itself.
Now that you have the new domain name you want, it's time to change your domain name as a primary domain in your Shopify store!
Here are 5 simple steps you need to follow to change your Shopify domain name:
1. Go to Settings and then select "Domains."
2. Select "Primary domain."
3. Click "Change domain type."
4. Once updated, the new primary domain becomes visible to your online store visitors.
After changing your Shopify domain name, there are important steps to take to ensure a smooth transition.
Here are the next steps you should take:
1. Update DNS settings to verify the new domain (if adding a new domain).
To verify a new domain in Shopify, update DNS settings by adding the provided TXT or CNAME records through your domain registrar's control panel. This prevents website crashes that may occur.
🌟Note: If you bought your domain directly from Shopify, they automatically manage the DNS settings for that domain.
2. Test your website.
Verify that all pages, products, and functionalities on your website are working correctly with the new domain.
3. Update internal and external links.
Check and update any internal and external links, such as those on your website content, social media profiles, marketing materials, and web directories, to reflect the new domain.
4. Implement 301 redirects (if necessary).
Create 301 redirects from your old domain to the new domain. This helps maintain SEO and ensures a seamless transition for visitors.
5. Submit a new sitemap for indexing.
If you've submitted your old domain to Google Search Console, update it with the new domain.
6. Update meta tags and SEO elements.
Review and update meta tags, headers, and other SEO-related elements on your website to align with the new domain.
7. Check SSL Certificate.
Verify that the SSL certificate for your new domain is active and configured correctly to provide a secure connection for your customers.
By following these steps, you can minimize potential problems with changing your Shopify domain and help ensure a smooth transition for your customers and business operations.
Once you complete these steps, your new primary domain will be visible to visitors to your online store.
It's important to note that changes to domain settings, especially domain transfers, may take some time to spread across the internet.
Remember to follow the pre-change checklist and follow the post-change steps to avoid any confusion.
Enjoy the exciting journey ahead with your renewed online identity!
When updating your Shopify domain, the validity period for changes varies (typically from a few minutes to a maximum of 48 hours).
This depends on factors like DNS updates, TTL settings, and your domain registrar's processing speed.
Clearing your browser's cache and ensuring the correct DNS configuration can speed up the process. If delays persist, you can contact Shopify support or your registrar for assistance.
Yes, you can associate multiple custom domains with your store on Shopify. One of these domains is designated as the primary domain, that is, the main address of your store.
Any additional domains you add are considered alternative domains. These alternatives redirect to or point to your primary domain.
Common issues when changing a Shopify domain include DNS delays, broken links, SSL problems, and customer login issues.
Troubleshoot by being patient during DNS propagation, setting up redirects, updating SSL settings, testing checkout, monitoring SEO, and notify customers of changes.
Regular testing and communication can minimize potential problems.
The default “myshopify.com” domain can be changed only once. But don't worry! Customers do not see or interact with the "myshopify.com" domain.
It is used primarily by store owners and administrators to access the Shopify admin panel where you manage your products, orders, settings, and other aspects of your business.
Here are the steps to change “myshopify.com” domain name:
Note: Previous myshopify.com domain will automatically redirect to the new one. No additional URL redirects need to be created.