Day 9 - Adding Your Custom Domain

Adding Your Custom Domain

Ok my friend, let’s eat that frog first.

Adding your domain.

Now remember in Day 6 when we talked about domains and I said it was your choice whether to secure a domain from an external registrar or buy directly with Shopify?

Well now we want to add said domain to your store.

If you have purchased directly from Shopify this will be super easy. You will simply connect your new domain to your store from the Shopify Domains section within the settings area.

Here is how you purchase a domain directly from Shopify

Here is how you then set that domain up as your primary domain for your store

If however you’re using a domain purchased from a 3rd party domain registrar, the setup is slightly more complex, dependent on the provider.

Luckily for us, Shopify has step by step instructions for all the domain providers out there so even if you have purchased a domain from someone a little obscure the chances are they have you covered!

However before you run off to consume the instructions, I have good news if you’re a GoDaddy user!

Shopify & Godaddy have made it super easy for you and all you need to do is;

1. Head to domains in the backend of your Shopify store.

2. Click on ‘Connect Existing Domain’

3. Add in your Godaddy purchased domain

4. Click ‘Connect Automatically’

Shopify will verify the settings, it can take anywhere from a few minutes up to 24 hours for the domain to ‘propagate’, meaning getting updated by servers across the web and actually working when you type it in, but essentially your new domain should now work and show your shopify store when you type it into a browser.

One last step though, in order to get rid of the shopify created url, e.g., storename.myshopify.com, you will need to set the new domain as the primary domain.

This thankfully is super easy, you just go back into domains and click ‘Change Primary Domain’

Then click your new domain which will show in the pop up window and click Save. (Please note nothing is showing in mine apart from the main shopify domain because it’s merely a test store and I haven’t added any other domains. But once yours has propagated it will show up).

If unfortunately you’re not a godaddy user, then once you enter your domain in the domain field, Shopify will redirect to their instruction page for each provider depending on which provider you’re with.

You then have the option to try to work it out, hand it over to a good friend or someone you know who is a bit techie to work out for you, call or email the support people at the domain registrar (probably the next sensible option) hire a shopify expert to do it for you (bit pricey), or find someone on Upwork / Fiverr.

What do I do if my domain is already being hosted elsewhere Jo?

Aha! This was an issue I had way back when, when setting up our first store to work alongside our Amazon business.

If you have already purchased your domain and have moved the hosting of that domain over to your hosting company, then you’re going to need to change the domain settings from within the cpanel of your hosting company.

As I am not a technical expert and I could totally lead you up the garden path with this one, my advice? Call your hosting company.

Explain what you want to do and ask them to assist.

If you’re unable to get any support from your hosting company, take my word for it, you’re with the wrong hosting company!

If all else fails, go and find a super clever techie on Upwork who can just make it all happen for you; set up a lovely working domain, emails, the whole shebang and you can go to bed sleeping soundly in the knowledge someone far techier than you is dealing with the whole thing!

What if I want to add Shopify to an existing brand or blog Jo?

Oh my goodness! You really are testing me now aren’t you!

Ok you have a couple of options.

1. Simply add buy buttons to your website.

For only $9 a month you can purchase a Shopify Lite plan and set up buy buttons for all your products which you can place anywhere on your website.

This means you never actually have a full store front, you’re given a backend to create and setup all your products and then the facility to create buy buttons to add to your sites wherever they may be.

Clever eh?

2. Create a Subdomain

If however you want a shop and you want it under the umbrella of your brand, you’ll have to create a subdomain.

Something like shop.yourlifestylebusiness.com (which I daresay will be the domain for my upcoming store!).

I am not even going to try to explain how to go about setting up subdomains as it will be different depending on your hosting provider, so my advice?

Call your hosting company.

Explain what you want to do and ask them to assist.

If you’re unable to get any support from your hosting company, take my word for it, you’re with the wrong hosting company!

If all else fails, go and find a super clever techie on Upwork who can just make it all happen for you; set up a lovely working domain, emails, the whole shebang and you can go to bed sleeping soundly in the knowledge someone far techier than you is dealing with the whole thing!

Deja vu anyone?

Quick tip…

Years ago I was obsessed with working out all this stuff on my own and I once spent 4 hours trying to get a paypal button to open in a new tab. For those of you who have messed around with your websites over the years, you will know it’s literally a piece of code you add to a link which opens the link in a new tab ‘target_blank’. That’s it. That took me over 4 hours.

I also know that there are umpteen videos on YouTube about creating subdomains, managing your DNS records and such like.

But I ask you, do you want to create a fab store and sell amazing products which delight or enhance people’s lives or do you want to spend hours of your valuable time playing with code.

You don’t need to know how to do everything. Spend your time on the important stuff like sourcing awesome products, creating great copy, promoting your amazing store and leave the techie stuff to, well, techies! 😁

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