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How do I set up my DNS?

Flywheel recommends that you manage your DNS using your domain registrar – the place where you purchased the domain. Most likely, your registrar will have the name servers set up correctly, and will allow you to easily manage your DNS.

Note

For more information about nameservers and Flywheel, see the help article: What are Flywheel’s name servers?

To set your DNS to point to Flywheel, we recommend the following settings.

Domain DNS Record Type Value
example.com A record Your Flywheel site IP address
www.example.com CNAME example.com

You can alternatively create the www.example.com domain as an A record pointing to your IP address. Creating the CNAME simply makes it easier to change, as there should only be one value to change.

Warning

It is critical that you do not change other values within your DNS settings. Doing so can break things with your setup, most notably email.

We also have specific tutorials for setting up DNS, including:

If you’d like to make sure you’ve got everything set up correctly, you can use our Flywheel DNS Health Checker! DNS propagation can take some time, so if you aren’t seeing any change right away, don’t panic; it may take several minutes. But our DNS Health Checker will help you identify if your domain’s DNS settings are properly configured to point to your site on Flywheel, and that you’ve got everything ready to go on our end, too!

Note

It is important that you tell your site what its new domain is going to be via the Flywheel app. This allows our servers to recognize incoming traffic from your domain and direct it to the correct site. Here are our instructions on how to take a site live on Flywheel.

DNS can be confusing, and nobody wants to break their site. If you have questions about DNS, Flywheel support is more than happy to help. Our experts will walk you through it, and help to make sense of the confusing world that is DNS.

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