Shopify merchants can now assign individual domains to a country/region. This allows you to offer a default currency and language (or set of language options) on individual domains in order to provide a localized browsing experience to your buyers all around the world. This feature is available to merchants on Shopify, Shopify Advanced, and Shopify Plus plans.
For example, let’s say you are a merchant based in the United States, currently selling both within the US and to Canada on your website shop.com. You can now:
When using international domains and multiple languages, Shopify automatically handles all hreflang and SEO best practices to give your site the best chance of being indexed regionally by search engines. If a buyer happens to land on the wrong domain, you can provide on site currency and language recommendations using the Geolocation app.
NOTE: Merchants are responsible for adding their own top level domains (TLDs) or subdomains for use with this feature. International domains does not alter the domain purchasing flow or guarantee the availability of new domains for you to purchase.
If you have any questions or feedback about this new feature reply below as we’d love to hear from you. If you looking for troubleshooting support please get in touch with our support team, or create a new topic providing as much detail as possible.
Excellent thread, thanks for new features and info.
For somebody looking to sell Print-on-Demand items from different suppliers to different regions (e.g supplier A only serves UK, supplier B only serves USA) what are the different ways that this could be set up?
Hey @John2021, thanks for jumping on and great question, thank you.
I'd suggest arranging your products for each supplier into their own collections. You can then show/hide collections and product based on which domain the user is browsing in one of two ways:
Coding this into your theme using request.host yourself if you have developer resources or don't wish to use an app.
You can then use Shipping Profiles to only offer shipping on each product from each supplier to the relevant countries that they are offered.
Hope this helps.
Thank you, that is helpful and the app looks good.
I just have a couple more questions on this:
Can I set up a sub-domain for each different country: e.g france.mystore.com, USA.mystore.com and have a different product selection, using the app, on each store? Or do I need separate domains e.g mystore.fr, mystore.com etc..?
Do I need to have a separate Shopify account for each country (whether using sub-domains or separate) or could I have just one account with these different domains?
Hey @John2021, with some work you could do all of this from one store with the Locksmith app. You wouldn't need separate Shopify stores; you could use international domains within a single shop using either mystore.fr or fr.mystore.com, it is your preference.
We did setup multiple stores for different markets to handle different pricing, taxes and marketing.
Some of this stores have multiple languages and multiple domains based on language settings.
Therefore I need to setup the hreflang links properly to include all store domains and languages on each store.
When I add my own hreflang links the default hreflang links are still there. This way I would have duplicate hreflang links.
Is there a setting that removes the default hreflang links generation from the content_for_header object?
Thanks for your help.
Hey @Brecht, yes you can disable the native hreflang implementation - please get in touch with our support team and they can do this for you!
Hi there, hoping for a little help with our decision wether to create a new store or use an international domain (or if that is initial premise is flawed and that creating an international domain is the same as creating a new Shopify store...)
We are an established store based in the UK. However we do have a sizeable amount of international sales coming primarily from the US.
The non-UK experience is powered by Global-e and we would like to move away from this for US traffic.
We would like to have a US store e.g. us.our-site.com that we can tailor as needed and importantly use Shopifys native checkout experience.
We would want the US store to have the same products and not having to merchandise them separately would be ideal.
In the longer term that it would be good to have US specific copy or creative for US traffic.
Hi @ajmarriage thanks for your message.
What are you using with Global-e today that is essential for you to sell into the US?
It's absolutely correct that you can have separate domains that target different countries/regions within a single Shopify store, and the control the pricing for each market with international pricing. These features are currently contingent on the use of Shopify Payments, so if you are already using SP or would consider using it, we can definitely help you with this transition.
Thanks for all of the useful info on this thread. I have a few more questions that I am hoping you can help me with:
We use global-e to set country specific pricing - importantly including the duty and tax as part of the price.
We currently have Shopify Payments setup, so good on that side of things.
Would we be able to set the prices in the same manner as global-e with the taxes and duty included?
Hi @Gaelle1, great questions thank you!
Hope this helps!
Expanding the business internationally is a very big and recent technique to augment the reach of your business and this is something every online shop owner should do to hit the different types of demographic of people and increase the reach of your business. I will also suggest you use your .com address to hit your local area community and then use your .co.UK domain to target the peoples all over the World. You can do this with international domains and Shopify Payment method.
Hi @coleatkinson , is it possible to restrict certain products on different domains? Or specifically if a customer has chosen they want to ship to say Australia, the store only shows those products which are able to be shipped to Australia?
You can control the availability of content per domain with the request.host liquid filter in your theme files. This would require knowledge of liquid to implement, however we are working on making this a more native process.
You can use shipping profiles to ensure that only the products that are available to certain countries can be shipped there.
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