Use Your Own Domain with Shopify

Start here if you are starting your 90 days free trial of Shopify and wanting to set up your own domain on Shopify (existing website with your custom domain). Shopify will automatically create a domain name for you (that’s pretty unusable). In my situation, they gave me “live-learn-dream.myshopify.com” which isn’t very user friendly at all.

But since I already have a website, I wanted it to be quite common and mainstream like other eCommerce shops and have “shop” in front of it. So in this way, my storefront has a seamless link to my main website/blog powered by WordPress and hosted on Siteground. 

Instructions to Change Domain on Shopify

The below steps will take you a total of 10-15 minutes to complete for you to connect your own domain on Shopify. Please note that the directions below are specifically if you already have a website and you want to add a subdomain for your storefront because you did not want to use WooCommerce (part of WordPress) to operate your store and wanted to use Shopify, like me! 

Step 1 – Shopify “Domain” Tab

  1. Go to “Domains” 
  2. Click “Connect existing domain”
  1. Add your new subdomain “shop.existingdomainname.com”

Step 2 – Siteground cPanel

  1. Go to your cPanel
  2. Create subdomain “shop.existingdomainname.com”
  1. Choose your website domain and what you want your subdomain to be “shop”
  2. Click on “Create” and go to Step 3.

Step 3 – Siteground cPanel

  1. Go to “Advanced DNS Zone Editor” in cPanel
  2. Select your main domain
  3. Find under “Zone File Records” your two URLs with and without “www”.
  4. Click on “edit” and paste the address provided by Shopify.
  1. Repeat. Do this again for the “www” version below.
  2. Scroll up and you’ll find “Add a Record”, this is where we will add the CNAME. Paste the CNAME Shopify gave you “shops.myshopify.com” 

Step 4 – Shopify

  1. Click on “Verify connection” for Shopify to check if it has connected to your new DNS settings (your website). 

Step 5 – Shopify

  1. Click on “Verify connection” for Shopify to check if it has connected to your new DNS settings (your website). 
  2. Wait for up to 48 hours for your domain to start working. If it’s been more than 72 hours, contact Shopify Support. 

Step 6 – Connected Domain on Shopify

Done, congratulations! This was the first step to connect your own custom domain on Shopify. Now get started on adding products and finishing up with setting your store up, then you can disable the password and launch! After Shopify has checked out your site connection and SSL, you’ll see the interface below that means your site is all connected!


I hope this helped you easily connect your own domain on Shopify. If you have any questions about setting up your eCommerce shop on Shopify, let me know in the comments below!

Cee Ng

Hello, I’m Cee! I’m a lifestyle blogger during my downtime and a consultant and producer during the day. This blog is to share experiences in travel, work, beauty, relationships, cooking, shopping and lifestyle tips that I hope can inspire you to live the best version of yourself in whichever stage you are in life and have fun with no regrets!