Your Magento Go store can be launched quickly without registering a domain. However, branding your store with a custom “dot com” address is considered by many to be the hallmark of an established business.
Before you can set up a custom domain, you must obtain the rights to the domain that you want to use through the registrar of your choice. Because domain licenses are sold on a subscription basis, you can pay for a single year, or more. After you have obtained the rights to the domain, follow these steps to complete the configuration for your store.
The next step is to configure your DNS settings to point to the Magento Go server. To do this, you must create an “A Record” in your DNS configuration that points to the following IP address for your store:
188.8.131.52 (for stores created from the US Magento Go site.)
The domain management settings can usually be found in the control panel of your domain registrar. If your DNS is not managed by a registrar, you will have to configure the settings with your DNS service provider.
If you prefer not to include the “www” in your domain, make sure to point the correct version of your custom URL to the host. It may be necessary to edit the entry from “www.mystore.com” to “mystore.com.” If you need help, check your registrar’s support site for more information about DNS management or zone file configuration.
The following example provides an overview of the process. Although this example features GoDaddy, the process is similar for any service provider.
DNS changes can take up to 48 hours to fully propagate. We recommend that you wait a couple of days before completing the next step.
After you have configured your domain to point to the Magento Go server, the final step is to change the active domain of your Magento Go store to your custom domain.
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