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How to point your domain to Flywheel from Wix

Note

This article is for customers who have purchased domains that are managed by Wix. We have a general help tutorial as well as instructions for other domain providers here.

Flywheel provides each site with an IP address to which domains can be pointed. This is useful if you own, for example, mystunningwebsite.com and would like it to resolve to a Flywheel site.

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


Table of Contents

1. Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address
2. Log in to Wix
3. Configure the A record
4. Configure CNAME record for www
5. Double-check your work
Note: DNS propagation times


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)
    • By default, the www version of the domain will be added (uncheck the box to skip this step)
    • Select Yes for “Have you purchased this domain?”
    • Click Next

    Note

    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 Wix’s DNS editor (instructions below). Clicking Back to site will take you back to the site’s Overview tab.

Log in to Wix

  1. In a separate tab, go to the Domains page in your Wix account.
  2. Click the Show More icon next to the relevant domain and select Manage DNS Records.

Configure the A record

You may see several types of DNS records already configured, especially if your domain was pointed to a different host previously. For now, we’re just going to be concerned with the A record, since it’s the record responsible for pointing your domain to your site on Flywheel.

Note

Be careful about modifying or deleting any other records – especially MX records, which are responsible for email. Also, it never hurts to take a screenshot before you start making changes.
  1. Hover over the A record and click Edit.
  2. Click the Host Name field and edit the host name. Leave this field blank (in Wix’s DNS manager, blank equals the @ symbol).
  3. Click the Value field and paste in the IP address you copied earlier.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click Save Changes in the pop-up message.

Note

Unless you have a subdomain setup, for example shop.mystunningwebsite.com, you should only need one A record value. At the very least, make sure that you have one A record with @ set as the host which is pointing to your Flywheel IP address.

For more information, visit Wix’s help article on A records.


Configure CNAME record for www

If you added the www version of your domain earlier, you’ll want to set up a CNAME record as well. A CNAME (aka canonical name) points a subdomain to another domain name.

For example, with a CNAME in place, visitors entering www.mystunningwebsite.com in their browser will be redirected to mystunningwebsite.com. Without a CNAME record, visitors will instead reach an error page.

  1. Hover over the relevant CNAME record and click Edit. (Or, click + Add Record in the CNAME (Aliases) section to create a new record.)
  2. Click the Host Name field and enter www.
  3. Click the Value field and enter the site’s primary domain.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click Save Changes in the pop-up message.

Note

For more information, visit Wix’s help article on CNAME records.

Double-check your work

  1. Check the DNS records on the Wix dashboard to make sure the changes were applied.
  2. After propagation, you can also verify your domain is successfully pointed to Flywheel by clicking the Check DNS button.
  3. Once your site is pointed to Flywheel, the status will switch to ✅ Pointed and the domain registrar will be displayed as well.

Note

DNS propagation times: DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate across the entire internet, though we generally see much quicker propagation. By default, Wix sets Time to Live for each record to 1 hour. Depending on when that last check was, you should see your changes go live in an hour or less.


Still need help?

If you get stuck, or have any questions along the way, we’d love to help! Reach out to our support team with a screenshot of your current DNS records or provide us with your current registrar login for assistance.

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