How to Change Your Shopify Store Name and URL

How to Change Your Shopify Store Name (infographic of a Shopify store on a mobile phone).

In this simple step by step guide, we show you how to change your Shopify store name and URL.

You can either use our ‘quick guide’ (directly below) or access a more detailed guide here.


Quick guide

How to change a Shopify store name

  1. Log in to Shopify.
  2. Click ‘Settings’ at the bottom-left corner of your Shopify dashboard.
  3. Click ‘Store details.’
  4. Click the ‘Edit’ link in the ‘Basic Information’ section.
  5. Replace your current store name with a new one.
  6. Click Save.

How to change a Shopify store URL

  1. Go to your Shopify dashboard.
  2. Click ‘Settings.’
  3. Click ‘Domains.’
  4. Click ‘Change to a new myshopify.com domain.’
  5. Replace your current ‘myshopify’ URL with a new one.*
  6. Click ‘Add domain’.

*A ‘myshopify’ URL can only be changed once. If you need to change a ‘myshopify’ URL more than once you’ll need to start a new trial. You’ll find information about starting a new free Shopify trial here.

How to change or connect a Shopify domain name

  1. Go to your Shopify dashboard.
  2. Click ‘Settings’
  3. Click ‘Domains’
  4. Select whether you’d like to connect an existing domain, transfer one to Shopify (use the ‘more actions’ option to do this) or buy an existing one.
  5. Follow the instructions provided.

Detailed guide

When you start a Shopify trial, one of the first things you do is choose a name for your store.

Many merchants will need to change this name as they develop their business, experiment with the platform and prepare their store for launch.

Fortunately, changing your store name and domain in Shopify is pretty straightforward.

There are three things you might want to change:

  • Your store name
  • Your ‘myshopify.com’ URL
  • Your domain name

Let’s look at all three in turn.


Changing your store name

Before you change your Shopify store name, it’s important to be aware of where this change will apply. Your users will encounter your store name on:

  • Your storefront
  • Your password-protected page for a store that is not yet live
  • Email notifications about purchases
  • SMS notifications about purchases

(If you’re using a logo on your store, you should note that the first two items listed above will be unaffected by a store name change — your logo will be the main thing users see, not text containing your store name).

To change your store name, just follow the below steps:

1. Go to your Shopify dashboard and click ‘settings’

You’ll find this at the bottom left-hand corner of the dashboard.

The settings option in the Shopify dashboard
Accessing ‘Settings’ in Shopify

2. Enter your new store name into the ‘store name’ field

You’ll find this in the ‘Basic information’ section of the Shopify settings page.

Changing your store name in Shopify settings
Changing your store name in Shopify settings

3. Click save

When you’re happy, just click the ‘Save’ button and your new store name will take effect.

Now, let’s take a look at adding or changing domain names in Shopify.


Changing your Shopify store URL

When you start a Shopify trial, one of the first things you’re asked for is the name you’d like your store to have.

This ends up forming your ‘myshopify.com’ URL — i.e., yourstorename.myshopify.com.

Now, it is important to note that if you connect a custom domain to your store — ‘yoursitename.com’ etc. — that is the only domain your customers will see when they visit your store. Unless you decide to share your ‘myshopify.com’ URL with others, this address is not public facing, and most merchants only ever use it for logging into the admin area of a Shopify website.

Until recently, it was not possible to change a ‘myshopify.com’ URL at all. However, Shopify now permits you to change your ‘myshopify.com’ URL — but you can only change it once.

To change a ‘myshopify.com’ URL, follow these steps:

1. Go to your Shopify dashboard and click ‘settings’

The settings link is located at the bottom left-hand corner of the dashboard.

The settings option in the Shopify dashboard
Accessing ‘Settings’ in Shopify

2. Click the ‘domains’ option

Select ‘domains’ from the menu provided on the left hand side of the screen.

Accessing domain name settings in Shopify
Accessing domain name settings in Shopify

3. Click ‘Change to a new myshopify.com domain’

In the domains setting screen, you will see blue underlined text that says: ‘Change to a new myshopify.com domain’. Click this text and then enter your new ‘myshopify.com’ URL.

Lastly, click ‘Add domain’.

Once that’s done, your original ‘myshopify.com’ URL will now be redirected to your new one.

It’s important to keep a note of your original ‘myshopify.com’ URL because you will still need it to log into your store and to identify your account with the Shopify support team.


Adding or changing your custom domain name in Shopify

Your custom domain name is the customer-facing URL that your store visitors see — yourstorename.com etc.

It’s important to use a custom domain rather than relying on a ‘myshopify’ URL because doing so helps you build credibility, trust and brand awareness.

To add a custom domain name to your store (or change an existing one), you’ll need to buy one — this can be done by purchasing one directly from Shopify, or registering one with a domain name provider.

Once that’s sorted you can change your domain name as follows:

1. Go to your Shopify dashboard and click ‘settings’

You’ll find the settings link at the bottom left-hand corner of the dashboard.

The settings option in the Shopify dashboard
Accessing ‘Settings’ in Shopify

2. Click the ‘domains’ option

Select the domain names option from the menu provided on the left hand side of the screen.

Accessing domain name settings in Shopify
Accessing domain name settings in Shopify

3. Select what type of domain you’d like to add

At the top of the Domains setting screen, you’ll be given the option to either connect an existing domain, transfer one you already own to Shopify (you’ll find this under the ‘more actions’ option), or buy a new one.

Modifying domain settings in Shopify
Modifying domain settings in Shopify

After clicking on one of these options, you’ll get instructions from Shopify on how to complete the process.

You should note the following:

And that’s it!

We hope have found our guide on how to change your Shopify store name or domain useful — do feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have below (we read and try to answer them all!).

You might also like check out our additional Shopify resources, take a look at our Shopify tutorial, or download our free ecommerce kit (this gives you access to a bunch of great online selling resources — see below).

Download our free ecommerce e-kit

For a limited time, we’re offering our readers some excellent free tools. Sign up free to immediately receive:

  • our online store comparison chart
  • a downloadable cheatsheet on how to create an online store
  • our SEO, blogging and ‘how to start a business’ cheatsheets
  • extended free trials and discount codes for essential business apps
  • our latest tips on ecommerce and growing a business
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

View privacy notice.

How to change your Shopify store name — FAQ

Can I rename my Shopify store?

You can change your Shopify store name by going to your Shopify store’s dashboard, clicking Settings > Store Details and entering your new store name in the ‘Store name’ field provided.

Can I change a ‘myshopify.com’ store URL?

You can change your ‘myshopify.com’ URL — but you may only do this once. Just go to Settings > Domains then click ‘Change to a new myshopify.com domain’. Then enter your new ‘myshopify.com’ URL and click ‘Add domain‘. If you need to change your ‘myshopify.com’ URL more than once, you will need to create a new Shopify store.

How do I add a custom domain name to a Shopify store?

To add a custom domain name to your Shopify store, just go to your Shopify dashboard, then click Settings > Domains. Decide whether you’d like to add an existing custom domain, transfer one to Shopify or buy an entirely new domain and follow the instructions provided.

Should I buy a domain name from Shopify, or use a third-party provider?

The advantage of buying a domain name from Shopify is that you can manage your store and domain in one place, and the process of connecting your domain to your Shopify store becomes much simpler. However, by doing so so you are placing all your eggs in one basket — if you lost access to your Shopify account, you could lose access not just to your store but your domain name too. For that reason some merchants prefer to keep their domains and Shopify stores separate.

No comments

Your email address will not be published.