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Pointing Domains to Flywheel from BlueHost

Updated on May 1st, 2020

Note

This article is for customers who have purchased domains that are managed by Bluehost. 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, say, thisfinedomain.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 tab, add the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel. Set the domain to primary. Our system will automatically perform a series of searches for the old domain, replacing them with the new domain. All non-primary domains will also be set up with a 301 redirect to the primary domain.

Note

Take note of the IP address that Flywheel provides you. In this example, it is 151.101.66.159. Your IP address may be a different set of numbers.
2

Access Bluehost administration page

 

Once logged into your Bluehost administration panel, click on the domain you are pointing to Flywheel.

 
Click the triangle button next to the word Manage on the right side of the screen and select DNS/Zone Editor.

Note

 If you’re planning on using a DNS proxy like Cloudflare, stop here. You’ll be using the proxy server’s name servers and DNS manager. Check out this helpful guide if you’d like to use Cloudflare for DNS management instead of Bluehost’s.

Warning

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 since it’s the record responsible for pointing your domain to your website. 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.

Note

Bluehost uses placeholder symbols to represent parts of their DNS manager system. Here is a quick cheat-sheet of these symbols and what they mean:

@

This represents the root version of your domain. In our example above, @ would be a placeholder for example.com without any subdomain or www before it.

*

This is a wildcard record. It means that it doesn’t matter what subdomain you type into your browser(www.example.com, shop.example.com, dolphins.example.com). All are going to be directed by this * value.

star record meaning

The default setup on Bluehost is to set up @ (the root version of your domain), as an individual A record that all need to be edited to point to your website.

Additionally, for subdomains, Bluehost does not require you to type in the entire domain for every field. Simply typing in blog in the Name field will mean you are creating a subdomain that is actually blog.thisfinedomain.com.

3

Add new or modify existing A-record associated with the domain

First, add a new A-record (or modify the existing A-record with the Host Record of @, if there is an existing record, by clicking the Gear icon on said record). The Host Record should be @, and the Points to should be your Flywheel IP address. Click Add Record when you’ve got those fields filled out.

If you’re editing an existing A-record instead of adding a new one, don’t forget to hit the Save button.

 

 

Unless you have a subdomain setup like shop.thisfinedomain.com, you should likely only need one A Record value. At the very least, make sure that you only have one A record with @ set as the host and that this host is pointing to your Flywheel IP address.

Note

We recommend you also set a CNAME record in your zone file to allow use of the www prefix. Add a new CName record (or modify the existing one). The Host Record should be www and the Points to should be your root domain (the non-www version of your domain).

4

Double-check your work


Check to make sure the record change has been updated and points to your site’s Flywheel IP address. Your records should look like this (with your domain’s information instead of the example domain here):

These values are saved on a record by record basis, so you’re likely done at this stage. Good job!

 

Warning

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate across the entire internet, though we generally see much quicker propagation. Bluehost has each Time to Live setting for each record set to four hours. Depending on when that last hourly check was, you should see your changes go live in an hour or less. If you’d like to speed things up, you can select a shorter TTL value, but make sure to do that at least four hours or more BEFORE you edit the rest of your records.

Congratulations, your domain should now be pointing to your Flywheel site! 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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