In today’s post, we’re going to show you your options in changing your Shopify store’s URL (this is different from changing your store name). The truth is, it can’t be done – as your Shopify account is permanently tied with your original URL. Below, you’ll see your options and our suggestions on how to best deal with this situation.
Changing Your Shopify Store URL
If you’ve already purchased a Shopify subscription using a particular store’s name, you can no longer change or edit it. So, if your current URL is https://yourcurrentstore.myshopify.com, you can’t suddenly change it to https://newnamestore.myshopify.com. In our opinion, your best solution is to simply create a new account (or store) and just transfer all the important data from your current one (and cancel the old one).
Option to Create a New Shopify Account
For this option, you can duplicate your current store by exporting CSV files from your Admin section and transferring them to your new store (or account). Here are some things to remember regarding this option:
- You can back up (in CSV files) products, customers, gift card codes, etc. from your old store.
- You can use your current theme by downloading it to your computer and then uploading it to your new store.
- While you can transfer a lot of important data from your old store to your new store, there are also data that you need to manually enter (via Shopify Admin section) to your new account.
- You can’t import old visitor data to your new store.
- Orders can only be imported to your new store via Shopify API. However, Shopify itself doesn’t support this step in their system. Therefore, you will need to hire your own Shopify expert (if not yourself) to do this for you.
For this option to work, both of your accounts (old store and new store) should have the same type of plan. Follow these steps to duplicate your old store’s content and data.
- Open two tabs on your browser to log into your two Shopify store accounts.
- Set up your store theme on the new account by uploading from your computer (you should download your old store’s theme beforehand).
- On your old account’s Admin area, export the CSV files of products and customers to back up.
- On your new store’s account, import the CSV files from Step #3 to your Products and Customers section.
- Reinstall all your needed apps to your new store.
- Configure the store settings on your new account (e.g. shipping, taxes, payments, checkouts, etc.).
- Copy and paste blog posts and page contents from your old store to your new store.
- Create new store navigation manually.
There, now you can use your new URL with all the info from your old store name. Keep in mind that although you have duplicated most of the data from your old account, information with regards to analytics can’t be imported to your new store. As far as statistics is concerned, everything will be reset to zero until new actions are recorded on your new URL.
Option to Use Third-Party App
As you may already know, we don’t recommend the use of third-party apps indiscriminately. However, we want you to know about this option nevertheless.
Yes, there are third-party apps that can help you duplicate your old Shopify store to create a new one with a different URL. You see, instead of performing all the steps we mentioned in the previous section, you can accomplish the task of copying all the data from your old store with just a few clicks (the app does it all for you, of course).
One example of such an app is called Store Copy. You can check it out by visiting https://app.shopify.com/store-copy.
Changing Your Shopify’s URL
As you can see, it’s impossible to simply change your Shopify store’s URL from one name to another. If you’ve decided on changing your store’s URL just so you can create a new store with a new name, you can consider the options we presented to you in this post.