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How to update DNS for your Flywheel Cloud upgrade

Updated on April 4th, 2022

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If Flywheel has contacted you about updating your DNS records to get your site upgraded to our new Flywheel Cloud platform, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s get started!


Table of Contents:

1. Copy your DNS information from the Upgrade page
2. Log in to your domain’s DNS manager website
3. Navigate to your DNS Zone Editor
4. Edit A Records
5. Save Changes
6. Sit back and relax as we upgrade your site


Copy your DNS information from the Upgrade page

On the upgrade page for your Flywheel site, you’ll be presented with a list of A record changes you need to make. Copy the IP addresses for the A record(s) you need to change for this site to your clipboard.

Warning

If you have more than one domain (web address) pointing at this particular site, you will need to repeat the following steps for each domain’s DNS records.

Log in to your domain’s DNS manager website

Navigate to the website of the Domain Name System (DNS) service associated with your domain.

Note

For most individuals, this will be the same website where you first bought the domain. If you’ve pointed your nameservers elsewhere like a third-party firewall or a service like Cloudflare, DNS will need to be managed via that company’s website instead. Not sure who is managing DNS for your domain? Look-up your domain’s info here. The nameserver records on file should provide some clues on which service is managing DNS for this domain.

Navigate to your DNS Zone Editor

The DNS Zone Editor (sometimes called DNS manager or domain manager) is essentially a kind of digital spreadsheet where the various functions of your domain, from web traffic to email, can be mapped out.

The location of this editor will be unique to your DNS service, but you can usually find it under control settings for “Domains.” Navigate to the DNS Zone Editor page for your domain.

Warning

A note on editing DNS.

DNS controls a lot of different functions related to your domain. Many of them have nothing to do with your WordPress website.

That’s why when you’re making changes in DNS related to your website that you limit your edits to existing A record types. This record specifically tells web traffic for your base domain or any subdomain which web server should be handling that traffic.

Editing or removing other existing records may result in an unwanted disruption of service for things like email. If you’re worried about making these changes or just want a second opinion, simply contact us with a screenshot of your current DNS configuration and we’ll be happy to help you sort things out.


Edit A Records

First, select the A Name records we shared with you on the upgrade page. Click to edit these files.

Replace the old IP address listed in each record with the new IP address provided to you on the upgrade page.

DNS Zone Editor A Record Highlight

Click Save when finished (if your system doesn’t auto-save).


Save Changes

Check to make sure the record change has been updated and points to your site’s Flywheel IP address.

Some DNS Zone Editors auto-save after each edit, in which case you’re all done!

Other services require a final save to approve all changes. Make sure you navigate around your editor to make sure you’ve saved in all the necessary places.

Note

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate, though we generally see much quicker propagation. Since you’re pointing your domain to a server that is routing back to your original site, the changes here should be totally invisible. However, if you see anything out of the ordinary during that time it’s best to clear your browser cache and if issues persist, contact us.

Sit back and relax as we upgrade your site

We’ll email you to let you know when we’re making the switch to your new server. You’ll also be able to check on the status of your upgrade in the upgrade center or the site overview.


Still need help?

If you get stuck, or your changes aren’t working, we’d love to help! Message us with a screenshot of your current DNS records or provide us with your current registrar login for assistance.

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