Set up your domain with HostGator

If you've bought a domain from HostGator, you must reconfigure your DNS settings to point the domain at your Shopify-hosted storefront.

Before setting up your domain

Before you follow these instructions, you should be familiar with the general procedure for modifying your DNS settings.

You can also read Understanding domains if you're not familiar with the concepts and terminology used here.

To set up your domain with HostGator

HostGator does not allow you to directly control your DNS settings. To make the necessary changes to your HostGator domain, you must contact their support team and give them the following instructions:

  • set your nameservers to HostGator's defaults
  • all forwarding must be disabled on your domain
  • you want your domain's A record to point to Shopify's IP address, which is
  • you want your www CNAME record to point to your Shopify-hosted domain, that's

Make sure you also verify your connection in Shopify.

It can take up to 48 hours for changes to take effect.


If you are unable to edit your DNS records from within your domain provider's admin section, then you must contact Hostgator support.

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