Domains

A domain is the URL or website address where your customers go to find your store online. You manage your domain settings for your online store on the Domains page in your Shopify admin. If you use the Wholesale channel, then you manage the domain settings for your wholesale store in the Domains section in the Wholesale channel.
The domain that's displayed when customers visit your online store is your primary domain. By default, when you sign up for Shopify, your primary domain uses the format
your-store-name.myshopify.com. If you want to change the domain that customers use to visit your store, then you can buy a custom domain from Shopify or from any third-party domain registrar. After you add a custom domain to Shopify, then you can set your custom domain as the primary domain.
If you are on the Shopify plan or higher and you want to sell to customers in multiple countries or regions, then you can use international domains to set up regional domains for every country or region where you have a target market.
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Adding a domain to Shopify

When you buy a domain through Shopify, your domain is automatically configured to work with your primary domain. By default, your primary domain has the format
examplestore.myshopify.com when you sign up for Shopify. If you want to change the domain that's displayed to customers while they browse your online store, then you can add a custom URL, such as
www.example.com. You can add a custom domain to Shopify in two ways:
  • If you don't already own a custom domain, then you can buy a domain through Shopify. When you buy a custom domain through Shopify, the domain is automatically configured to be your store's primary domain.
  • If you already own a custom domain from a third-party provider, then you can use a domain that you already own. You can either connect your custom domain to your online store, or transfer management of the domain to Shopify.
You can add up to 10 domains or subdomains to your Shopify store, in addition to your
.myshopify.com URL. If your store is on the Shopify Plus plan, then you can add up to 1,000 domains or subdomains. When you add your custom domain to Shopify, a new SSL certificate is created automatically.
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Using a third-party domain

If you already own a domain from a third-party provider, such as GoDaddy or Bluehost, you can use it for your Shopify online store so people who type your URL into their browsers end up on your site. You can use your third-party domain for your Shopify store by transferring it to Shopify or by connecting it to Shopify:
  • Transfer your domain to Shopify - The first way to point your custom domain at your Shopify store is to transfer your domain. Most domains can be transferred to Shopify. When you transfer a domain, management of the domain moves to Shopify, meaning you adjust your domain settings, pay for your domain, and renew your domain directly in your Shopify admin. If you want to use your third-party domain with Shopify in this way, then refer to Transferring domains.
  • Connect your domain to Shopify - Connecting your third-party domain to Shopify points your domain name at your Shopify store. You still use the third-party domain provider to manage your domain settings, pay for your domain, and renew it. If you want to connect your domain to Shopify in this way, then refer to Connecting existing domains
Learn more about how domains can affect your sender email address and Shopify Email.
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Making your third-party domain your Shopify URL

After you purchase a domain from a third-party domain provider, such as Google Domains, GoDaddy, or 1&1 IONOS, you need to connect your domain to your Shopify store. Connecting your domain points your URL to your Shopify store so that customers can enter that URL into their web browser to visit your online store.
After you connect your domain to Shopify, you still use your third-party domain provider to manage your domain settings, pay for your domain, and renew it.
 
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  • Considerations for using a third-party domain for your online store
  • Choosing the right connection procedure for your third-party domain
Considerations for using a third-party domain for your online store
Before you start, review the following considerations:
  • Unexpected behavior can occur when you use third-party proxies. Shopify isn't responsible for any loss of data.
  • Shopify Support can't log in to your third-party domain account for you, even if you give your explicit permission. If you need help with your third-party domain settings, then contact your third-party provider’s support team.
  • If you want to receive support for your domain settings from Shopify and manage all of your domain settings directly in your Shopify admin, then you can transfer your third-party domain to Shopify.
Choosing the right connection procedure for your third-party domain
The procedure that you follow to connect your third-party domain to Shopify depends on which domain provider you purchased your domain from. Refer to the following options to decide which process you need to follow.
  • If you purchased your domain from Google Domains, GoDaddy, or 1&1 IONOS, then connect your domain automatically.
  • If you purchased your domain from a different domain provider and you have their requirements, then connect your domain manually.
  • If you purchased your domain from a different domain provider, but you don’t have their requirements, then you need to contact your third-party domain provider for assistance.
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If you need help with connecting a domain to your store, then you can hire a Shopify expert.
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  • Connect your third-party domain to Shopify automatically
  • Connect your third-party domain to Shopify manually
  • Connecting a subdomain to Shopify
  • Contacting your third-party domain provider for assistance
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