Hello there, My name is Pawan, I have a client and he wants to change his Shopify Domain Name. I can change it but I'm a bit confused because if I change the website domain name, do I have to redirect all the subpages to the new URLs or it will automatically redirect it to the new URLs and also I don't want that the website I will lose its organic traffic. So, Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you
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I'd be happy to take a look at your site and see if I can help.
I've worked on quite a few high-profile Shopify sites and would definitely know how to solve this problem.
Feel free to contact me at: email@example.com
Anyway, let me know your thoughts. Would be happy to discuss further over Skype or Zoom when you have time.
This is an accepted solution.
Domain migration is simple in Shopify. Add the domain to Shopify and under your Online Store preferences, ensure all domains redirect to this new domain. No redirects are necessary as Shopify will point each page appropriately. However, I suggest you do a Change of Address with Google to help the migration of SEO. Some internal links should be updated if they are absolute rather than relative, but they will still work. They'll just redirect.
There is a lot of confusion on this topic when migrating websites to Shopify or changing your Root Domain Name (for companies Re-Branding with a new domain).
My company specializes in SEO Retention and this exact type of work and it is very important to put this into context to be sure it is very clear.
If you're changing your brand and you already have a Shopify website and you want to change the ROOT Domain Name (like Pelican.com > PelicanCommerce.com) then you need to do the following:
What this does is Shopify redirects the top ROOT domain to the new ROOT domain when traffic flows into the old domain. It passes this redirect as a 301-Redirect which will then update in Google after a few weeks. You do NOT need to modify any directory paths for your pages. This means no other 301-Redirects need to happen for any other pages in the system because Shopify first and always redirects the top ROOT domain, then they redirect the directory (everything after the forward-slash / ).
If you are migrating your website to Shopify, AND you're changing your ROOT Domain, then follow both of the above steps and add the NEW ROOT Domain and the OLD ROOT Domain, redirect the OLD ROOT in Shopify to the NEW ROOT. Then add 301-Redirects for each individual page on your website from OLD to NEW URL Path.
If you need help with this entire migration process or just setting up your domain properly in Shopify, then reach out to us at Pelican Commerce about our Shopify services. We specialize in Shopify migration and DNS projects.