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How do I go live on Flywheel?

Updated on August 5th, 2020

Note

If you’re working with a multisite installation, follow the guide here instead. 

Note

If your site uses eCommerce or is otherwise frequently updated, you will want to complete a content refresh prior to going live to ensure any recent orders and changes made to your original site are moved over to Flywheel.

To go live with your site on Flywheel, you’ll need to complete these steps:

1

Remove password


Remove the password protection for your site in Flywheel. You can turn the password off from via the ‘overview’ tab for your site. The on/off switch can be found in the bottom right section of the page.

2

Add domains


Add any domains you will be pointing at your site to the domain list on the site’s page in Flywheel. This includes www.example.com and example.com.

Add a new domain

3

Set primary


Set the appropriate domain to primary. This will update your site’s database to use the correct domain. (Note: if you checked the “Primary?” box when you added the domain in the step above, you can skip this; it will already be done.)


4

Point domain DNS


Point your domain(s) at the site’s IP address (found directly below the domain list in Flywheel). For more information on how to point DNS at your site, visit our help article on setting up DNS. We also have registrar-specific articles for setting DNS on GoDaddy, MediaTemple, Hover, Namecheap, and Bluehost.

DNS propagation (the timeframe it takes for DNS changes to be updated across the internet) can take anywhere from just a few minutes to 72 hours. The timing is dependent on a few factors, including the current TTL (time-to-live) value of the records being changed. For more info on TTL, click here.

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