Can I Use Shopify If I Already Have A Domain?

Yes, you can use Shopify even if you already have an existing domain.

With Shopify, you can either set up your store using a Shopify subdomain, such as, or you can create a custom domain by connecting a domain you have already registered with Shopify.

When linking an existing domain to Shopify, the process depends on where your domain is registered.

Different registrars have different requirements, so the setup process can vary.

Generally, you can transfer a domain from one registrar to another, or you can make specific changes to the DNS settings of your domain to route it to Shopify.

If you have an existing domain, Shopify also makes it easy to use that domain with your store.

In the Shopify Admin, click the Settings tab, and then click Domains.

From there, you can enter the domain and choose whether to transfer the domain to Shopify, or use an external DNS host.

Once your domain is connected, additional steps are required before the store is considered live.

From the Domains page, you'll need to set the domain as a primary domain if it's not already selected as primary.

You'll also need to add a physical address and select the currency, language, and shipping options for customers in the store's Settings.

In conclusion, Shopify makes it easy to connect an existing domain and use it with your store.

Connecting an existing domain, however, requires a bit more setup than using a Shopify subdomain.

In either case, Shopify makes it know how to set up both types of domains and provides helpful support resources along the way.

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The Takeaway

Yes, Shopify allows customers to use their existing domain for their online store.

This process is easy and takes only a few minutes.

Once customers decide to use Shopify, they'll be given two options for setting up their domain: connecting an existing domain or transferring a domain to Shopify.

By connecting an existing domain, customers are not changing who owns their domain, just linking it to their Shopify store.

It allows customers to manage their domain through another hosting account, rather than directly through Shopify.

This process usually involves updating the nameservers, which directs domain visitors to the store.

Shopify also allows customers to transfer their domains directly to Shopify, which simplifies the process and eliminates the need for a third-party host.

Customers receive a complimentary one year domain registration, a $14 USD value, with every annual plan.

They'll also have access to 24/7 customer service, making sure that their domain transfer is as seamless as possible.

Shopify makes it easy for customers to use their existing domain for a new online store.

Whether customers choose to connect or transfer their domain, Shopify offers a straightforward solution for customers with existing domains.

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