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Pointing Domains to Flywheel from BlueHost

Flywheel provides each site with a dedicated IP address which can be used to point a domain to. This is useful if you own, say, example.com, and would like it to resolve to a Flywheel site.

1

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

Under the Domains panel in the Flywheel site overview, add the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel.

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Note

Take note of the IP address that Flywheel provides you. In this example, it is 162.243.2.131.
2

Access the domain's zone records from Bluehost's Zone Editor panel

From Bluehost’s admin panel, select the Domains button, then the Zone Editor button.

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Select the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel under the Select a Domain dropdown.

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Note

There’s a good chance you’ll see several records in here, especially if your domain has been pointed at a different service. For now, we’re just going to be concerned with the A Name record described below.
3

Update A Name records and point the domain at Flywheel

Under the A (Host) section, you’ll see a Host Record marked @.

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Select the Edit button and change the IP address to match your Flywheel IP Address.

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Save the changes and take a look at the section marked CNAME (Alias).

You should see a record that has www as a Host Record and it should point to the domain you’re editing. If that record does not exist, add it now.

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4

Verify that the record is in place and save changes


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

Warning

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate, though we generally see much quicker propagation. If you see anything out of the ordinary during that time it’s best to clear your browser cache and cookies, and restart your computer to clear your operating system DNS cache.

Your domain should now be pointing to your Flywheel site.
If you get stuck, or your changes aren’t working, we’d love to help! Send a screenshot of your current DNS records or your current registrar login to [email protected] for assistance.

Note

For further reference, see our DNS setup guide here.

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