The short answer is no, you should not get your domain name through Shopify if you’re willing to learn how to setup a domain name with a domain name registrar. It’s not too complicated but it does involve a few steps.
Yes you should get your domain name if you’re looking for ease of use and no configuration. This is a personal decision and depends on the ease of use you’re looking for. If you’ve never managed or owned a website it may be a good idea to keep things simple and register through Shopify, otherwise go with Namecheap.
Shopify or a domain name registrar?
You’re setting up a Shopify store you will need a custom domain name at some point. You can start your store on a sub domain of Shopify but eventually you’ll need to use a custom domain.
Should you get your domain name through Shopify or should you get it from a domain name registrar like Namecheap or Godaddy?
Here at Website Creative Pro we always suggest getting a domain name from a domain name registrar. The reasons are two fold:
- Keep your services separate
- Lower cost on renewals and better service
- Professional domain name
Keep your services separate
When you create a website, most tutorials simply tell you to register a domain name through a web host. This is a bad idea because the web host usually tacks on a fee on top of the domain name in order to make a profit.
Then if you want to switch web hosts, your domain name is still at your old web host where you have to continue paying an inflated fee.
The same goes for Shopify.
Granted, Shopify is not as egregious as other companies when it comes to increasing the price on domains and is actually cheaper than GoDaddy but they still tack on an additional price to the domain name.
The reason is because Shopify is registering your domain name on your behalf through a domain name registrar. Instead, why not cut out Shopify from the equation and just register directly yourself?
By having your services separate, if you ever decided to move away from Shopify it’s an easy process as you don’t have to worry about transferring the domain to a domain name registrar like Namecheap or GoDaddy.
Lower costs on renewals and better service
Namecheap simply has the lowest prices for domain name registration. You also get free WHOIS protection for life with your registration. WHOIS protection is not included with Shopify and to add it would add tot he cost of registering through Shopify.
What WHOIS protection does is that it hides your personal information that you submitted when registering your domain name. Most web hosts charge extra for this but with Namecheap you get it for free.
Professional domain name
Lastly, you’re going to want a professional domain for your store. With Shopify you start off with a sub domain on MyShopify.com, like MyNewStore.MyShopify.com. No one will trust this sort of sub domain so you do need to use a custom domain if you’re serious about building an e-commerce store.
How to point your domain name at Namecheap to Shopify
Namcheap has a helpful guide on how to point your domain name to Shopify. All you have to do is that once you’ve registered your domain name, simply go to “manage” in your Namecheap portal and then under “custom DNS” select Shopify.
It’s that simple then in your Shopify account you’ll need to do the following:
- From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Domains.
- Click Connect existing domain.
- Enter the domain that you want to connect (the domain you registered at Namecheap).
- Click Next.
- Click Connect automatically:
For a detailed guide from Shopify go here.
Should I get my domain name at Shopify Conclusion
The process for pointing your domain name from a domain name registrar like Namecheap to Shopify is fairly simple and it’s better to keep your services separate. In all our tutorials we strongly suggest keeping your domains and your hosting provider (in this instance Shopify is your web host) separate.
But if you’re looking for ease of use and no configuration then go ahead and register your domain with Shopify.