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Setting up URLs for your mobile website

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Two sets of URLs are supported on your Shopgate mobile website:

one within the Shopgate domain 

the other within your shop's domain

  

In this article, we will help you set up both URLs for your mobile website.

 

 

 

Topics covered in this article:

  1. Getting started
  2. Customizing the URLs of your mobile website
  3. Entering your mobile URL in the shopping cart backend
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

1. Getting started

Your Shopgate mobile website can be accessed via 2 different URLs. Both of them point to your Shopgate mobile website.

Your Shopgate URL
is a Shopgate subdomain named after your shop alias
http://your-shop-alias.shopgate.com
Your domain's URL
is a mobile subdomain of your shop's domain
http://m.your-shop-domain.com

 Auto-created with the alias you registered with*.

 Does NOT require a domain.

 URL always available to you.

 "your-shop-alias" is customizable

 Customize in your Shopgate Admin

 

* Where can I find my shop alias?

 Requires set up in your Domain Host.

 Requires a Domain Host + backend access.

 URL available as long as your shop domain is valid.

 Completely customizable

 Set up in your Domain Host + Shopgate Admin

 Better SEO and conversion rate

To customize or set up the URLs for your mobile website, continue reading.

 

2. Customizing the URLs of your mobile website

2.1 Customizing your Shopgate mobile URL

Follow the steps here to customize your Shopgate mobile URL:

http://your-shop-alias.shopgate.com
  1. Log in to your Shopgate Admin page.
  2. Click on Settings from the menu bar, then select Mobile Website.
  3. Leave Custom Domain to OFF. Click to edit your Shopgate Alias, and click to Save.

That's it! You have successfully customized your Shopgate mobile URL at the Shopgate Admin website.

 

2.2 Setting up a mobile subdomain in your shop's domain

Follow the steps here to set up your own mobile subdomain for your mobile website:

http://m.your-shop-domain.com
Step 1. Pick a mobile URL within a domain of your shop
 

A normal practice is to use the subdomain "m" or "mobile":

✓ m.your-shop-domain.com, or
✓ mobile.your-shop-domain.com

Step 2. Add a CNAME record in your domain host
 

To map your mobile website to your shop's domain, a CNAME (Canonical Name) record needs to be added. This requires admin access to your domain (NOT your Shopgate Admin).

To explain this, we are showing you an example below. Depending on your hosting/registrar company, configuring your mobile URL could vary from the steps here:

In this example, we will add a CNAME to create the customized mobile URL m.myawesomeshop.com.
  1. First, go to your hosting/registrar company website and select the correct domain.
  2. Locate the page for updating your domain's DNS records.
    The page could be DNS Management, Name Server Management, Advanced Settings or similar, depending on your domain service provider.
  3. Add a new CNAME record.
    • Enter m (stands for mobile) as the "Host name" of your mobile URL
    • Select type CNAME to specify this is a CNAME record
    • Enter your-shop-alias.shopgate.com as the Destination. Where can I find my shop alias?
    • Click Add New Entry to save.

Step 3. Verify the configuration
 
  1. Log in to your Shopgate Admin page.
  2. Click on Settings from the menu bar, then select Mobile Website.
  3. Slide Custom Domain to ON. Input your own mobile URL in Domain settings. This URL will be filled automatically in the URL box below.
  4. Click on "Verify my mobile URL" button, and wait for a success message to show.
NOTE: CNAME record changes can take up to 72 hours to go into effect, but typically they happen much sooner.

That's it! You have successfully set up your own mobile subdomain for your mobile website.

 

3. Entering your mobile URLs in the shopping cart backend

Many shopping cart systems require that you enter your mobile URLs into the backend.

This varies in each system, however, the general steps are as follows:

  1. Log in to your shopping cart system backend and find the Shopgate plugin/module/extension .
  2. Click Settings of the Shopgate plugin.
  3. Find the section named Mobile Website, Mobile Redirect, or similar. 
To enter your Shopgate mobile URL:
 
  1. Look for a field named Shopgate Alias, Shop Alias or similar. This should normally be on the top.
  2. Enter your Shopgate alias.

To enter the mobile URL of your shop's domain:
 
  1. Look for a field named Custom URL to mobile webpage, CNAME, or similar.
  2. Enter your mobile URL here in the form of http://m.your-shop-domain.com. Use your shop's domain instead of the "your-shop-domain.com" here.

 

4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

4.1 My mobile website is showing a  "404 page" after I set up the URL. What should I do?

If you have recently created a CNAME entry, and your mobile URL has been verified, but you still see a 404 page on your mobile website. Don't panic - simply clear your shop's cache.

 

4.2 Should I use my own mobile URL under my shop's domain?

We highly recommend using your own mobile URL for your Shopgate mobile shop because of many benefits. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Better SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
    The biggest benefit of using your own mobile URL is that this practice optimizes the visibility of your mobile website in search results. When your own mobile URL is used, your mobile website is more likely to appear with a higher rank on the search results page. This means, when your customers and potential customers search for your shop in Google or other search engines on their smartphone, your mobile website will be more likely to be found.

  2. Better Conversion Rate
    Another big benefit is that your customers will be more likely to remember the URL for your mobile website. This will, in turn, generate more purchases and revenues for you.

  3. Better credibility
    Using your own mobile URL will also make your shop look more trustworthy.

 

4.3 I don't have a shop domain. What should I do?

If you don't have a shop domain, you don't need to set up your own mobile URL. When you registered with Shopgate, a mobile website within the shopgate.com domain has already been reserved for you.

For example, if your shop is called My Awesome Shop, the URL http://myawesomeshop.shopgate.com is likely to be reserved for your mobile website at Shopgate. Your customers will be able to browse products and place orders here as soon as your mobile website is set to live.

 

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