Changing the Domain of your Store

How to change the domain name your Store is accessible at in PrestaShop

Changing the primary domain your Store is accessible at is quite an easy job with the capability of PrestaShop to perform that change with a simple edit for one of the fields in the Store’s admin backend.

In this tutorial we will illustrate how to change the domain name of your Store easily, safely and without a single drop of downtime or inconvenience.

 

Step 1 Activating Maintenance Mode

First we will begin with an optional step. If you would like to avoid any inconvenience for your customers you should put your store in maintenance mode. If you are not aware how this should be done please check our other tutorial on that matter.

 

Step 2Changing the domain of your Store

As soon as your Store is in maintenance mode please access your Store’s admin backend > Preferences > SEO & URLs.

 

Preferences-SEO-URL

This will redirect you to already familiar page if you have checked out tutorials for the configuration of SEO URLs and changing the installation folder of your website

 

Please scroll down to the Set shop URL interface where the actual change should be performed. There you will be able to see 3 fields:

 

  • Shop domain – You will need to change this value to the new domain name you would like to use without the “http://” protocol before the domain name itself and also without the back slash after the domain. Only input your new domain name – for example “example.com”
  • SSL domain – The domain name that should be used for the SSL supporting pages. The value of this field should be the same as the previous one if of course you would like to have a different domain for your SSL certificate.
  • Base URL – the value of this field should remain unchanged when you are changing the domain name of your Store only. This field is used if your Store is installed in a subfolder and the name of the subfolder should be in this field.

 

changing-the-domain

 

Once you are done with the changes please press the Save button located in the action bar above the Set up URLs interface so your changes can be saved.

Please note that your web-site and admin area will be then accessible with the new domain name. You will need to disable the maintenance mode as a final step so your Store can be visible at the new domain name you have changed to.

Congratulations! You can now change the domain of your Store!