Did you know Shopify has the ability to host third-party domains by either transferring or connecting them to your store? That’s right, you don’t have to purchase your domain from Shopify. If you already have a domain, or if you’re looking to purchase a third-party domain for your store then read on to decide which is the best option for you!
Transferring a domain and connecting a domain differ slightly. In this post we’ll cover how they differ from one another and the pros and cons of each.
Transferring a domain to Shopify means you will no longer manage your third-party domain settings from your third-party domain provider account. Instead, you will manage them directly from your Shopify admin. This includes your DNS settings, domain payment, and domain renewal.
Here’s an example:
If you’ve purchased a third-party domain from GoDaddy, you’ll no longer log in to your GoDaddy account to manage your domain when you transfer it to Shopify. You’ll access your domain settings directly from your Shopify admin. This option provides you with exactly the same outcome as purchasing a domain directly from Shopify.
Connecting a domain to Shopify means you will still manage your third-party domain settings from your third-party domain provider.
Here’s an example:
if you’ve purchased a third-party domain from Go Daddy, you’ll still manage your domain settings, domain payment, and domain renewal directly from your Go Daddy account when you connect it to Shopify. With this option your domain stays with the third-party provider you purchased from.
Pros of transferring a domain
Cons of transferring a domain
There’s a couple of limitations to be made aware of when transferring a domain of which we’ll list below:
Pros of connecting a domain
Cons of connecting a domain
Whichever option you choose, the most important thing is having a custom domain for your Shopify store. Custom domains drive brand awareness and build trust. They act as an online business card and create a safe place for customers to visit, enquire, browse and learn more about you and your business without needing to directly contact you.
Now you know the difference between connecting and transferring a third-party domain to Shopify which will you choose? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!