Considerations for setting up international domains

Before you set up international domains, review the following requirements and considerations:

  • You need to use custom domains. You can use both Shopify-managed domains and third-party domains, but you can't use your default domain.
  • You can create a URL for each individual market, such as for a Germany market or for a European market.
  • To display your store in multiple languages, you need to translate the content of your online store by using the Translate and Adapt app, or by using a compatible third-party app.
  • If you already use multiple languages with your online store with the URL format, then your current URLs continue to work. Language-only subfolders such as /fr or /en can only exist on your primary market. On your secondary markets, subfolders must combine the language code with a country code to display customized content in local languages and currencies. For example, /fr-ca or /en-eu. Learn more about using multiple languages with International.
  • If you use international domains or subfolders for a market and then remove content from that market, then ensure you're using URL redirects so that customers aren't sent to a non-existent page.
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