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How To Connect Your 3rd-party Domain Name To Shopify?
If you have registered your domain name through a 3rd-party domain registrar, you need to accomplish two things to successfully link your domain to your Shopify store.
- Set up or add your domain through Shopify.
- Manually add Shopify’s DNS records in your domain’s DNS.
Based on Shopify’s help center, here are the the DNS records you need to add/modify:
- A record should point to Shopify’s IP address, which is 126.96.36.199
- www CNAME record should point to shops.myshopify.com
How or where can you add these DNS records?
The DNS records can be added or modified through your domain’s DNS provider and the process varies depending who’s hosting it.
Here are some example step-by-step guides from popular domain registrars and DNS providers on how to add DNS records.
- 123 Reg
- Google Domains
- Network Solutions
Here’s an example process of manually linking your domain to Shopify.
1.) Add A and CNAME in the DNS
The first step is to Add the A and CNAME records to the DNS of your domain. Most of the time, this can be done through your registrar or reseller where you bought the domain.
The location where the DNS can be modified depends on what name servers the domain is using. Example, if you registered your domain from Network Solutions, but it’s pointing to GoDaddy’s name servers for web hosting service, you should be able to modify the DNS through GoDaddy regardless if NetSol is the registrar.
Once you have identified the DNS provider of your domain, login to your account and locate the DNS settings or Advanced DNS. If you’re using a cPanel, look for Zone editor instead.
Add an A record.
- Name/Host: @ or domain.com(depends on the dns provider)
- Type: A
- TTL: 3600s or 1h
- Data/Target: 188.8.131.52
Next, add the CNAME record.
- Name/Host: www or www.domain.com (depends on the dns provider)
- Type: CNAME
- TTL: 3600s or 1h
- Data/Target: shops.myshopify.com
If you cannot find where to add these DNS records, you may contact your domain provider for further assistance.
2.) Add Custom Domain in Shopify
Once you’re done adding the DNS records, you may now add your domain name to your Shopify account.
- Go to Shopify and Login to your account.
- Select Online Store in the dashboard.
- Click Domains.
- Click on Connect existing domain.
- Enter your custom domain name (example.com).
- Click Next.
- Click Verify Connection.
3.) Wait for The Propagation Delay
If Shopify is unable to verify the DNS records, you may need to give it several more minutes to propagate before attempting to verify the connection again.
Any DNS changes made may take from few minutes up to 72 hours to fully take effect in the entire internet and there’s nothing much we can do about it. Not even the domain registrars or DNS providers can help with this, this is just a waiting game.
That’s it. You’re done!
Soon, you will see your custom domain name in the address bar of your browser when you search it online.Back to top