We are planning to launch additional Shopify instances for the additional regions we plan to serve (i.e. Europe, Asia, etc.)
Is there a recommended Best Practice for how the URLs should be named for these other regions?
1. For example, if our primary site is at mycompanyname.myshopify.com (seen as www.mycompanyname.com in public DNS), would it be recommended to create the Shopify instance targeting Europe as europe.mycompanyname.myshopify.com (would be europe.mydomain.com in public DNS.)
2. And what is the recommended method for performing redirects for visiting customers, to make sure they get directed to the Shopify instance that serves the region they're shopping from? Just a simple drop down banner that detects and recommends a redirect to the customer's regional site via Geo-IP?
Hi there! Congratulations on your market expansion!
1. Regarding URLs for different regions, I suggest you having 'multiple' e-commerce stores to serve each domain. For example, exampleshop.com for US, and exampleshop.ca for CA, and then redirect your visitors based on their locations. This provides the best customisation for each region as you can control pricing, shipping costs, and stock availability.
2. There are plenty GeoIP tools in the market, here is one worth checking out: Geo Redirect.
Hope it helps!