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How do I link my domain name to the webstore?

 

The following steps will outline how to connect your domain to your 3dcart web store.

Primary Domain

When you sign up for an account with 3dcart, you are asked for a domain name. We ask for this information so that we can create your store's specific DNS Zone File.

When specifying your domain during sign up, you are asked whether the domain is already registered ("I own this domain") or if you would like for us to register it for you ("Register my domain FREE").

Tip
If you select for us to register the domain, we take care of registration and yearly renewals free of charge! We also take care of pointing the domain to your store, so this article will not apply to you if we registered the domain for ou.

If the domain name is already registered by you, then the following steps will help you point it to your 3dcart store.

  1. Log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager
  2. Using the left hand navigation menu, go to Settings >General >Store Settings
  3. Once there, look under the "Store Logo" field where you will see a button labeled "Manage Domain & Store URL"
  4. Click this button and you will see the following page:

As shown in the image above, the page will contain a section at the top for the Primary Domain. This section will contain your *.3dcartstores.com URL and your selected store domain along with a label indicating which one is currently active.

If the domain's status says "Not Active" this means that the domain isn't yet connected to your 3dcart store.

  1. Click on the "Connect" button listed for your domain
  2. Follow the steps outlined in the step-by-step wizard*

*Note
Since, the domain was not registered by 3dcart (it is instead owned by you separately), the wizard steps will outline how to update your DNS to point your domain to the 3dcart store.

Typically, you will simply need to go to your domain's registrar (i.e. GoDaddy, Register.com, etc) and update your domain's DNS to the following nameservers:

  • DNS1.3DCART.COM
  • DNS2.3DCART.COM
  • DNS3.3DCART.COM

Updating your domain's DNS to 3dcart's DNS system is the preferred method. However, if you prefer to keep your domain's DNS with it's current DNS provider, the wizard will outline a few alternatives (during step 2) that can be used to still point your domain over to the 3dcart store.

Once the wizard steps are completed, the domain will be used for your store's Primary Domain and replace the *.3dcartstores.com URL. Note however that it may take a bit of time (1 to 4 hours) for the update to finish completely. When the status indicator next to your domain says "Active" you'll be all set.

Additional Information
If you're looking to have 3dcart register a brand new domain for you, you can click on the "Buy New Domain" button located at the top right of the Domain Settings page to get that process started.

On the other hand, if you're looking to change your 3dcart store's domain name, please click on the "Change Store Domain" button located on lower right corner of the Primary Domain Section to order a domain name change.

 


Security Certificates

The bottom half of the page will show you the active URL used for your store's Secure Pages.

 

This is the URL that is used when your store switches to SSL protocol for secure transactions. This can only be updated to your actual domain name when you have your own custom SSL certificate registered and installed on your domain.

By clicking on the "Order Premium SSL" button, you'll be able to begin the process of ordering your own SSL certificate which will then let you use the regiustered domain for all ages.

If you merely need to renew your custom SSL certificate, click on the "Renew" link instead.

Your store will now favor the domain name over the shared *.3dcartstores.com URL.

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