The first step to creating a professional, high-performing Shopify site is to set your primary domain to a custom, branded domain. If your site currently has “myshopify.com" somewhere in it, this tutorial is for you. For example, my custom domain is www.shecommerceacademy.com. It's branded, it's easy to find and remember, and to a customer, it shows I care enough about my brand and my site to purchase and maintain that custom domain.
Since many drop shippers these days own dozens of e-commerce websites (many without custom domains), a lack of custom domain can make customers worry that they are not ordering from a legitimate enough site or fearful that they may not receive the best customer service. This can lead to customers bailing out before they buy - something we, of course, want to avoid at all costs.
Not connecting a custom domain to your Shopify site is a common mistake to make, especially when first launching a store, but creating a custom domain and integrating it is a necessary step to creating a professional and secure looking brand.
So, without further ado… Let’s get down to the tech side of things and connect your domain to your Shopify site!
This tutorial is specific to those who use Shopify and are looking to connect a custom domain to their Shopify website.
With all SheCom Tutorials, we like to provide you with what you should expect so you can help budget your time and money in the best way possible. You should expect to spend the following resources completing this tutorial:
Less than 20 minutes if the domain is purchased through Shopify or GoDaddy
If your domain is purchased elsewhere, this could take 1-2 hours with the help of tech support (explained below).
Cost of domain: (~$12/year)
If you are purchasing your domain for the first time, be sure to look for discount codes for where you plan to purchase it from. For example, if you're buying from GoDaddy, do a Google search for "GoDaddy Domain Promo Code" - you could walk away spending $1 for the first year of your domain.
If you have purchased a domain already, skip to Step 3.
If you haven't purchased a domain yet... There are many places to purchase a domain — GoDaddy, BlueHost, Shopify the list goes on. You can purchase your domain on GoDaddy, Bluehost, or other services, but you’ll have to then connect the domain once you’ve purchased it. If you aren’t very familiar with technology, or just want to avoid the hassle, purchasing your domain through Shopify takes just a few clicks. To do so, go ahead and click on “Purchase New Domain” button in the top right corner.
It will take you to a screen where you can search for your domain name. If you haven’t figured out exactly what you want to name your store, or if the domain is unavailable (ugh!), be sure to follow our 4 tips for choosing the perfect domain. Once you’re ready, click “Buy.” Continue to step 6 to make sure your domain is connected properly.
If you are having trouble with this step, nearly every site where you can register a domain will have a call center or even an online chat to help you with this step - many times, they can even add these records for you.
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