I currently own two Shopify Stores:
US Store: us.mystore.com
UK Store: uk.mystore.com
Currently, I'm using a forced-redirect method (embedding a code in each store) that will force customers to be directed to the right store based on their IP address. However, it presents an issue because our customers are not able to place an order to be shipped to the location that's different from their IP address. For example, if a customer is in the UK, she cannot order products to be shipped to the US (say, as a gift to someone, or while she's travelling out of the US etc.) because every time she tries to visit the US store, she will then be forced back into UK store due to her UK-based IP address.
Therefore, I would like to see if we can come up with a solution per below:
I would like to have a separate, self-hosted, dummy 'landing page' (doesn't have to be hosted on Shopify / can be hosted anywhere that is reliable and cost-effective), which will auto/force directing people to one of our stores above based on their IP. Afterwards, visitors can still visit another store at will without being bounced back based on their inconsistent IP address.
I would also welcome any other suggestions / solutions to this problem. I have looked into the banner option to notify people as well. But I think the solution above is optimal as it will redirect visitors to the right store first and allow them the option to change stores later.
Thank you and please contact me at email@example.com with a proposed price.
Looking forward to hearing from you shortly!
Tony from SellerSmith team here. I believe in some way this app could solve your issue https://apps.shopify.com/geoip-country-redirect
I've personally never tried, but it seems match your needs.
Hi Tony -
Thank you very much for your suggestion. We have come across this one already, however the issue is that it doesn't automatically redirect users to the correct store first. A lot of our traffic is coming from Instagram (on IG we can only insert 1 URL), so it would be best to automatically redirect users to the right store first without having to prompt all these intrusive banners and pop-ups, which I think can annoy the visitors. *However, we would like to allow the redirected visitors to still be able to switch store manually afterwards in case they need to place an order to ship from a different store. So far I have not come across any app or solution that offer exactly what we want.
In case anyone have an idea how this can be done please let me know!
Thank you very much,