Your Magento Go store can be launched quickly—without even having to register a domain. If you prefer, you can use your own custom “dot com” address. With a custom domain, you can create and manage your own email addresses, such as:
If you already have a registered domain name, you can transfer the domain to your store in two steps. First, you must add the URL to your Magento Go account. Then, you must change the DNS settings of your domain to point to Magento Go. After these changes have been made, it will take from one to two days for the domain to be fully recognized across the Internet. During this time you can continue to work on your store.
To set up email addresses for your store, you must first choose an email hosting provider. Your email can be hosted by the same company that provides your Internet service, your domain registrar, or another third-party provider. Follow the instructions they provide to create the individual email addresses you need for your store. When your email addresses are in place, you can add them to your store configuration.
Follow the steps below to set up a custom domain for your store:
Don’t forget to complete Step 3 to activate your domain!
The next step is to configure your DNS settings to point to Magento Go. To do this, you must create an “A Record” in your DNS configuration that points to the following IP address for your store:
The last numbers in the IP address of your Magento Go store correspond to the location where your store is hosted. For merchants with stores hosted at gostorego.com, the IP address ends with 33. For merchants with stores hosted at mygostorego.co.uk, the IP address ends with 36.
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 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 shows how to configure your domain using GoDaddy.
Note: 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.