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How to point your domain or DNS to Flywheel

Updated on September 28th, 2021

The final step when taking your site live is to update your DNS records. This will route web traffic from your domain to your site hosted on Flywheel’s servers. Most of the time you will update these records at your domain registrar – where your domain was purchased.

If you’re brand new to the world of domain names, some of the terminology may seem a little confusing. If you ever feel stuck, feel free to reference our Glossary of DNS terms.

Before continuing, we suggest completing the steps in this article: How do I go live on Flywheel?

Table of Contents

1. Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address
2. Log in to your registrar and edit your DNS records
3. Confirm your changes using Flywheel’s DNS checker
Note: DNS propagation times
Note: Custom nameservers

Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address

  1. From the site’s Overview tab, click the (+) icon in the Domains list to add the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel.
  2. Fill out the domain information:
    • Enter the URL in the Domain field
    • Check the box to set the domain to Primary (if this will be your site’s main URL)
    • Select Yes for “Have you purchased this domain?”
    • Click Next


    In the background, our system will automatically update all appropriate URL references in the database to this new primary domain.
  3. Click the site’s IP address to copy it to your clipboard for use in your DNS provider’s dashboard (instructions below). Clicking Back to site will take you back to the site’s Overview tab.
  4. Optional: Add the www version of your domain to Flywheel by following steps 1-3 again, but enter the www version of your URL in the Domain field and leave Primary unchecked. If you decide to add the www domain, make sure to create an A record for it at your DNS provider as well.

Log in to your registrar and edit your DNS records

A DNS editor allows you to configure the records that tell an incoming visitor’s browser where to go for things like web traffic and email. To get your domain connected to your Flywheel site, you’ll need to tell this system to start pointing your domain to your site’s IP address.


The registrar displayed on the Domains card is Flywheel’s best guess as to where your domain is managed, but may not be 100% accurate.

  1. In a separate tab, log in to your registrar’s admin panel and locate the DNS settings area.
  2. We recommend using the following settings for domains where both the root domain ( and the www version of that domain are going to point to the same site on Flywheel.
    Domain DNS Record Type Value or @ A record Your Flywheel site IP address or www CNAME record
  3. Some registrars may use placeholder symbols or shorthand to represent parts of DNS.
    @ This represents the root version of your domain. In our example above, @ would be a placeholder for without any subdomain or www before it.
    www This represents a subdomain. Some registrars do not require you to type in the entire domain for every field. For most, simply typing in www in the name field will mean you are creating a subdomain that is actually
    * This is a wildcard record. It means that it doesn’t matter what subdomain you type into your browser(,, All are going to be directed by this * value.
  4. While we recommending setting up a CNAME record for www, you can alternatively create the domain as an A record pointed at your Flywheel site IP address alongside the root level domain A Record, like this:
    Domain DNS Record Type Value A Record Your Flywheel site IP address
  5. If your website lives on a subdomain, such as or, adjusting the root and www records are not necessary. Only one subdomain record is needed to point a subdomain.
    Domain DNS Record Type Value A Record Your Flywheel site IP address


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.

Confirm your changes using Flywheel’s DNS checker

After a short propagation window, your site should be connected to Flywheel! You can use our built in DNS checker to confirm your settings.

  1. Go to your site’s Overview tab on the Flywheel dashboard.
  2. On the Domains list, find the domain you just added and click Check DNS.
  3. Once your site is pointed to Flywheel, the status will switch to ✅ Pointed and your domain registrar will be displayed as well.


DNS propagation times: DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate across the entire internet, though it’s generally much quicker. This depends on the record’s TTL (Time To Live) value. If your DNS host allows you to adjust TTL, it’s best to set it to the minimum value at least 24 hours before you plan to go live to ensure the fastest propagation. For more information, check out this help article: What is TTL?


Custom nameservers: If you’ve made changes to your DNS records but nothing seems to be happening, your domain may be using custom nameservers instead of your registrar’s defaults. This means that your registrar’s settings will not have any effect. In this case, you will need to adjust your DNS settings at the nameserver’s admin panel. This situation is most likely when a proxy like Cloudflare or Sucuri is being used.

Still need help?

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. Just grab a screenshot of your current settings, have your registrar login handy, and get in touch with one of our Happiness Engineers.

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