No doubt you need to change your Shopify domain name or store name due to no matter what the reason is. Here, I have included all the possible actions you can do with your domain name or store name based on your requirement.
If you haven’t launched your online store yet, then take enough time for store name research to avoid changing your domain name or store name. So this would be the better sequence:
1) Finalize your store niche.
2) Choose a catchy store name.
3) Check for domain availability and finalize the domain name.
4) Buy the domain.
5) Set up your Shopify store.
6) Connect your domain to your store.
7) Test your online store thoroughly until it works as expected.
Shopify Store Name VS Domain Name
Shopify Store Name
The Shopify store name belongs to the name you choose for your Shopify business after signing up with Shopify. For example, “Your Toy Shop”. It will be visible as your store logo if you haven’t placed any logo images.
You may easily modify the name of your store at any moment. If you want to update your store name, you can skip the next topic and directly go to the appropriate section: How to change Shopify Store Name.
Shopify Domain Name
The Shopify domain name belongs to the store URL or website address Shopify generates for you based on the store name you provide. For example, “yourtoyshop.myshopify.com”. This is the default and primary domain name of your Shopify site when you newly create a Shopify Store.
You may wish to keep your own domain name, i.e. “www.yourtoyshop.com”, instead of Shopify’s default domain name. Check out the next topic.
Change Shopify Domain Name
Once you create your online store using Shopify, it is tied to the .myshopify.com URL forever. For most Shopify merchants, this isn’t an issue as they have their own domain or go for a new domain purchase to replace the default website address.
With a custom domain name, you may have a URL like “www.storename.com” and your store visitors will not see the “.myshopify.com” in your store URL.
In case you already have your own domain name, let’s connect it to your Shopify store. Follow the step-by-step guide:
Step #1: Log in to your Shopify store.
Step #2: Go to Online Store > Domains.
Step #3: Click the Connect existing domain.
Step #4: Enter the domain in the given format and click the Next button.
To link your domain, you must first log in to your provider account and modify your settings. Follow the provided step-by-step instructions to get started.
Step #5: Click on the View Instructions to change your settings.
Step #6: Once you’ve done with the settings, click on the Verify Connection button to make sure your domain is set up correctly. Click the Add Domain button.
Your new domain may take up to 48 hours to point to your Shopify store. So do not worry if the changes do not appear immediately.
Your new domain has successfully been added to the Shopify dashboard with “Connected” status.
Set your domain as Primary Domain
To make your new domain work as the main domain for your Shopify store, you need to set it as the Primary domain.
Step #1: Click the Change primary domain link.
Step #2: Choose your domain from the list.
Step #3: Click on the Save button.
Congratulations!! You have successfully added your domain as the Primary domain.
Transfer the Godaddy Domain to Shopify
In case you have purchased a domain from Godaddy and wish to continue using it for your store, Shopify supports a hassle-free domain transfer. For that, follow the steps given below:
Step #1: Go to Online Store > Domains.
Step #2: Click the Transfer domain.
Step #3: Enter the domain name and click on the Next button.
Step #4: Unlock your GoDaddy domain. Read the instructions and prepare your domain for transfer.
Go to your domain provider’s dashboard and pick the domain you want to activate.
Step #5: Once you have done, click on the Verify domain button.
Step #6: Click on the Connect automatically button to your existing GoDaddy domain.
Step #7: Sign in to your GoDaddy account.
Step #8: Click on the Connect button.
Hooray!! You have successfully transferred your GoDaddy domain to Shopify. Now you know how to make it a Primary domain (discussed in the above section).
If your new domain belongs to other eCommerce platforms like WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Etsy, etc., you can also migrate it to Shopify.
Change Shopify Store Name
Choosing the right store name is very important as it is your store identity and later on your customers and visitors will remember your online store with your store name. Don’t have a perfect name for your store?
Use the best business name generator based on your niche:
- Business Name Generator by Shopify
- Business Name Generator
- Business Name Guide by Anadea
Hoping you got the perfect name for your business! Now let’s check out some platforms which will help you to check the domain availability and final domain purchase.
Buy Domain Name for your Shopify Store
Just search for the domain name and you will get the domain availability status and list of domain suggestions if your searched domain name is already taken.
For example, I searched for the term “toyo”, as it is not available with “.com”, I got the below cool suggestions:
Now let’s see how you can change your store name in Shopify.
Follow these steps to change the Shopify Store name:
Step #1: Log in to your Store.
Step #2: Go to Settings > General.
Step #3: Enter the new store name and also select the store industry. There is a list of options available, choose one. If your store industry is not on the list then choose “Other”.
Step #4: Save the Changes.
That’s it! You are now all set with the new store name.
Hope reading this blog helped you to resolve your doubts or concerns about Shopify domain name or store name. Check out our blog section to learn more.