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    How Can you connect your third-party domain to Shopify?

    • April 17, 2023
    • 4 min

    You know that Shopify is the most popular e-commerce platform that allows small, medium or large businesses to sell globally. Shopify offers its own domain name, however, you may find it more convenient to utilize your domain name from a third-party provider. Thus, a domain name purchased from GoDaddy or Google Domains can be linked to your Shopify shop. When you link your domain, consumers may access your Shopify shop by typing your custom URL. Furthermore, connecting your domain name to Shopify is easy and may improve your brand's value. Thus, in this post, I will guide you through the process of connecting your third-party domain to Shopify.

    Considerations before connecting third-party domain to Shopify.

    You need to consider the following things before connecting third-party domain to Shopify.

    • Your domain should be transferable. You need to have the domain registered 60 days earlier.
    • To register your third-party domain on Shopify, you have to pay a registration fee of a year.
    • You’ll need accessibility of your domain provider account and the associated email address in order to complete the transfer.
    • If you get a confirmation email, be sure to read it and answer as soon as possible.
    • After initiating the transfer, it may take up to 5 to 8 calendar days for it to finish.

    Prepare your domain for transfer

    Ensure your domain is transfer-ready before transferring it to Shopify. This may be achieved by:

    • Sign in to your domain name service account.
    • Make sure the email address connected to your account is valid and active.
    • To move your domain to Shopify, you’ll need to unlock it. Domain unlocking procedures may vary amongst service providers. However, this may be accomplished by accessing the domain’s settings and selecting the Unlock button.
    • Get a domain transfer code from your current service provider. This method might vary from service provider to service provider. In most cases, go to your domain’s settings and choose Transfer out.

    Connecting third-party domain to Shopify

    1. Firstly, Login to your Shopify account. Go to the Shopify admin panel, Settings and click on ‘Domains’.
    2. Click on ‘Connect Existing Domain’.
    3. Enter the domain in the text box and click on Next.
    4. Choose ‘Connect Automatically’. Sign in to your hosting account if required.
    5. In case, you are not able to connect the domain automatically, try doing it manually. Sign in to your third-party hosting account and then go to DNS settings.
    6. After that, you need to point A record to Shopify’s IP address. It is If  required, edit the Hostname to @ symbol.
    7. Point www CNAME to
    8. Lastly, Go to the Shopify store, Domains and click on ‘Verify Connection’.
    9. It may require 48 hours to be validated once you’ve finished the preceding procedures.


    Thus, this was a simple process of connecting third-party domain to Shopify. We are official Shopify partners with 12+ years of experience in building customized Shopify stores from scratch. If you’re curious about discovering more, you may check out the case study of a Stylish store on Shopify of one of our major clients.


    Can I connect a domain from GoDaddy to Shopify?
    Yes, you can buy the domain from any third-party service provider and connect it to Shopify.
    How many days does it take for the transfer of the domain?
    It can take 5 to 8 days to transfer the domain. Also, it can take more time if there is a problem with verification.
    How to find my DNS registrar?

    You can look in ICANN Lookup tool to find your DNS registrar.

    Is it better to buy a domain from Shopify or GoDaddy?
    Try to buy a domain name that matches your brand. If that domain name is available on Shopify, then buy it else go for a third-party domain name provider.
    How long is a domain locked?
    If you buy a new domain or transfer the domain to another registrar, the locked time will be 60 days. After 60 days, you can transfer that domain.

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