iwantmyname Domain Setup

Setting up your shop on a iwantmyname custom domain

Using a custom domain like www.mycustomdomain.net? Use these steps »

Using a custom domain like shop.mycustomdomain.net? Use these steps »

Use www

To get your Iwantmyname domain up and running with your Big Cartel store - you’ll want to create a CNAME record to point to your shop, and then you’ll simply forward the non-www version of your custom domain to the www version using a 301 redirect. Here’s how you’ll get all of that going:

If you haven’t already used iwantmyname’s 1-click setup process, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your iwantmyname account »
  2. Click Setup > Apps and Services.
  3. Choose Big Cartel from the list, and then click Add Big Cartel.
  4. Finally, you’ll enter your custom domain in your Big Cartel admin by heading to Settings > Domains. Enter your full custom URL www.mycustomdomain.net into the Custom domain field (be sure to replace mycustomdomain.net with your actual custom domain name) and click Save.

That’s it! Now we wait. It can take up to 24-48 hours for domain changes to update.

Iwantmyname also provides some more instructions on creating CNAME records and 301 redirects if it’s still not working after that, you should contact iwantmyname to help you figure out why.

Use another subdomain

If you’re planning on using your custom domain to display content other than just your Big Cartel store, you’ll want to create a CNAME record on a subdomain that’s not www - like shop.mycustomdomain.net or store.mycustomdomain.net. Here’s how you’ll get that going:

  1. Sign in to your iwantmyname account »
  2. Click Domains > DNS to get to the DNS Manager.
  3. In the Hostname field, add your desired subdomain (ex: shop).
  4. Choose CNAME from the drop-down menu (priority not required).
  5. In the Value field, enter the full URL for your Big Cartel store mybigcartelstore.bigcartel.com (be sure to replace mybigcartelstore with your actual store’s subdomain).
  6. Click add and then Save the DNS settings.
  7. Finally, you’ll enter your custom domain in your Big Cartel admin by heading to Settings > Domains. Enter your full custom URL www.mycustomdomain.net into the Custom domain field (be sure to replace mycustomdomain.net with your actual custom domain name) and click Save.

That’s it! Now we wait. It can take up to 24-48 hours for domain changes to update.

Iwantmyname also provides some more instructions on creating CNAME records if it’s still not working after that, you should contact iwantmyname to help you figure out why.