In case you didn’t know, a domain is basically a website address or an URL, that people type in to find you on the internet. Such as https://www.mercedes-benz.com/ or https://www.nike.com/. In Shopify’s case, however, there is a bit of a difference in the format. If your store name is Blue Manhattan, for example, then your Shopify domain name would be https://bluemanhattan.myshopify.com.
As the domain is configured as your primary domain, you use it to log in to your operational lab, that is, your Shopify admin dashboard. You can even use it as your customer-facing URL, although, it would not be the wisest option. As alternatives, you are advised to buy your own custom domain, that would be branded and unique, and later on, you can use it with a flair of trust and assurance.
Your customers are your customers and sure, Shopify has provided you with a wonderful platform and you are forever grateful but that doesn’t mean, you wouldn’t let your brand shine.
But what happens when you want something different for a change. Perhaps, someday you woke up from sleep and had an epiphany that your business would do much better if it was called Purple Ninja instead of Blue Manhattan. Question is, how to change the domain name on Shopify? Or, how do you change https://bluemanhattan.myshopify.com to https://purpleninja.myshopify.com?
It’s quite simple, really.
You are, by all means, allowed to change your domain name. And it won’t make a difference if it’s a default Shopify domain (such as the Purple Ninja/Blue Manhattan examples we have provided) or a domain you have added on your own. Furthermore, be it the Shopify admin website or Shopify mobile app, your domain name can be changed wherever it is convenient for you.
Having said that, the instructions laid below are based on the belief that your domain is directly purchased from Shopify or it is an external domain that you have adjoined through a third-party domain registrar. Let’s look at both the web and mobile scenario of changing your domain. Starting off with the latter:
Alright, the first thing is first, click open the Shopify App on your mobile device. Then click on the Store icon that you can find in the bottom right corner. Look below!
After you press on the Store icon, you will find yourself in a section where you can view your customers, analytics, marketing, and so on. Below them, you will find another section that’s labeled Sales channels, where there is another option called ‘Online Store’. Press on it.
In the online store section, click on domains.
In the domains section, you will find the option that says ‘Change primary domain link’. You will get a warning message reminding you that your customers and the search engine will be familiar with what you name it next. Feel free to change the primary domain link if you are very, very sure.
In the list, you will find your new domain name. All you got to do is select it and save it and voila, you have just changed your primary domain. A new beginning.
Again, the first thing is first, open your desktop computer and access your Shopify admin.
Just as how you would do it on your mobile phone, find the Online Store under Sales channels and press on it.
Similar to Step 3 of how you would do it on your mobile app, after you are in the online store, click on domains.
Unlike the mobile app, naturally, the interface on your desktop would be wider and very quickly, you can find the option that says ‘Change primary domain’. It’s on the top right, just below the option ‘Buy new domain’. It’s blue and sparkly, so, there is little doubt you will miss it.
You will be warned on whether you are a hundred and ten percent sure that you want to change your domain name. Because that’s how your customers and the search engine will know you and you don’t want to end up with regrets.
You get the same warning on your mobile app too because it’s imperative that you are really sure about your decision. Anyway, you will find your new domain name on the list, save it, and embrace the new identity!
There’s not much difference between the mobile app and the website when it comes to changing your domain name. The instructions are listed for both the platforms just so, there’s no room for any confusion. Sometimes a button or two may be hard to find and frankly, nobody wants that. The quicker it’s done, the better, isn’t it?
Shopify has already made a mark in the e-commerce industry, and it would work to your advantage if you get to know it through and through. That includes knowing how to change your domain name, since, you never know, your business might evolve over time.
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