Connecting Register.com domain to Ecwid Instant Site

In order to create a more professional looking Ecwid Instant Site, you can connect your Ecwid site to a custom domain name. This custom domain is the address that customers enter into the browser address bar in order to open your online store. To connect your domain name to your Ecwid Instant Site, you must first buy a domain name from a company that sells domains such as Register.com. You may already have a domain name (through Register.com or another site), in which case you can simply connect it with your Ecwid Instant Site.

Your custom domain has to be set up through both your Ecwid admin and your domain registrar account. While this might sound complicated, we can easily guide you through the entire process — so don’t worry. After everything is set up and connected, your store will open at your domain name through a secure HTTPS connection (i.e. the link begins with https:// and shows a secured padlock in the browser address bar).

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You should pay for the domain name separately on register.com

Setting up the domain in the Ecwid admin

  1. From your Ecwid admin, go to Website.
  2. Find the “Instant Site address” section and click Change URL.
  3. In the appeared pop-up, put your domain name in the Use your own domain name field:

Set up your domain for ecwid store

  1. Click Save.
  2. In the pop-up, at step 2, copy the IP address that you see (that may be 23.23.44.201, 34.193.83.23, or 3.211.60.235). You will need this IP later to set up the domain in the Register.com account:

Copy IP address from Ecwid admin

Setting up the domain in the Register.com account

To connect your domain name to your Ecwid Instant site:

  1. Log into your Register.com account.
  2. From the Account Dashboard section, hover on the Domains and click Manage:

Manage domains at register.com

  1. Find your domain and click Manage:

Manage domain in register.com account

  1. Under Advanced technical settings, find A and click Edit IP Address Records:

Advanced technical settings in register.com account

  1. In a new A-record, put @ in the first field and paste the IP-address that you previously copied from your Ecwid admin (23.23.44.201, 34.193.83.23, or 3.211.60.235) to the points to field:

Create A record at register.com

  1. Tick the Delete checkboxes next to all other A-records that you may see on this page. To make the domain work with your Instant site, there must be only one A-record — the one pointing to Ecwid IP address:

Delete A records in Register.com account

  1. Click Continue.
  2. Click Continue again to confirm that you want to delete the selected A-records. The changes in A records will be saved and now you can add a CNAME.
  3. Go to your Register.com account by clicking Manage account in the upper right corner.
  4. Under My accounts, click on your domain name to edit it:

Manage your domain at Regsiter.com

  1. Under Advanced technical settings, find CNAME and click Edit Domain Aliases Records:

Add new CNAME at register.com

  1. In this new record, put www in the first field and in the points to field, enter your root domain such as mygreatstore.xyz:

Create new CNAME at register.com

  1. Click Continue to save the changes.

That’s it! Your domain name is set up. It may take up to 12-24 hours for changes to propagate, but usually it happens within a couple of hours. After that, your Ecwid store will open at your Register.com domain name (for example, mygreatstore.xyz) and a subdomain with www (for example, www.mygreatstore.xyz). The SSL certificate will be added automatically and there will be a green secure padlock in the browser address bar showing that your store is secure.

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