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Connecting Google Domains domain to Ecwid Instant Site

You can connect a custom domain purchased from Google Domains with your Ecwid Instant Site, so that customers can enter your unique URL in their browser and get right to your site.

Once connected, your Ecwid Instant site will open at your domain name, via secure HTTPS connection. You don’t need to separately purchase an SSL certificate as Ecwid provides free SSL for Instant Site users. Visit your Google Domains account to manage all the domain settings and to pay for the domain name, or renew it.

If you downgrade to a Free Ecwid plan, your custom domain will be replaced with a free Ecwid subdomain.

Step 1. Setting up your domain in the Ecwid admin

To link your domain with your Ecwid Instant Site, you should first specify your custom domain name in your Ecwid admin.

To specify a domain name:

  1. From your Ecwid admin, go to Website → Domain.
  2. In the Domain name and site address block, click Connect Existing Domain.
  3. In the Specify a domain name field enter your custom domain name (without www):

    domain name.png

  4. Click Next Step.
  5. You will see a popup that contains an IP-address. Copy that IP-address. You will need it to set up your domain in your registrar account.
  6. Click Save.

Step 2. Setting up your domain in the Google Domains account

To finish linking your Ecwid Instant Site with your domain, you should make changes in your domain settings and point the domain to your Ecwid site. For that, you need to add an A record and a CNAME record in your domain host account.

Ecwid doesn't host domain names. You will use your Google Domains account to pay for the domain name and to manage all the settings.

To point the domain to your Ecwid site:

  1. Log in to your Google Domains control panel.
  2. Go to My domains and click on the domain you want to manage.
  3. In the menu on the left, click DNS.
  4. In the Resource records section, click Create new record:
    Google_domains_setup.png
  5. Add the following values:
    • Leave the first field empty or add the “@” symbol.
    • In the drop-down menu, select A.
    • In the next (TTL) field, enter any value, e.g. 1H (1 hour).
    • In the data field, paste the IP address that you earlier copied from your Ecwid admin.
  6. Click Save, then click  Manage custom records → Create new record to add a CNAME record:
    Google_domains_setup__2_.png
  7. Create a CNAME-record (similar to step 5) with the following settings:
    • In the first field, enter www.
    • In the drop-down menu, select CNAME.
    • In the next (TTL) field, enter any value, e.g. 1H (1 hour).
    • In the data field, type your custom domain name without the www part, e.g. mycustomdomain.com.
  8. Click Save.

That’s it, your domain is set up. It may take up to 48 hours for the changes to propagate. After that, your store will open with and without www via secure HTTPS connection (for example, https://mycustomdomain.com and https://www.mycustomdomain.com).

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