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In this guide we show you how to change your Shopify store name — in just a few simple steps.
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, if you’ve arrived here hoping to find out how to change this URL, I have some bad news for you: it can’t be changed. The only way to get a different one is by creating a brand new Shopify store.
However, this usually isn’t the end of the world, because unless you decide to share it with others, this URL / store name is not public facing, and most merchants only ever use it for logging into the admin area of a Shopify website.
So what can actually can be changed?
- Your store name
- Your domain name
Let’s look at both 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 holding page for a store that is not yet live
- Email notifications about purchasses
- 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.
2. Enter your new store name into the ‘store name’ field
You’ll find this in the ‘Store details’ section of your Shopify settings.
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.
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.
2. Click the ‘domains’ option
Select the domain names option from the menu provided on the left hand side of the screen.
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, or buy a new one.
After clicking on one of these options, you’ll get instructions from Shopify on how to complete the process.
You should note the following:
- Connecting an existing domain will involve making some changes to your DNS (domain name settings) records.
- Transferring a domain will involve asking your current registrar to ‘unlock’ it and let Shopify manage the domain on your behalf.
- Buying a new domain will involve searching for a domain name on the Shopify website, and following a few simple steps to ‘map’ it to your site.
And that’s it!
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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’t change your ‘myshopify.com’ URL — if you need a new one, 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.