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Pointing domains to Flywheel from GoDaddy

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.

 

 

Note

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

Access GoDaddy's DNS control panel

 

Once logged into GoDaddy’s administration panel, select Manage My Domains below Quick Links.

 

 

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Then select the domain you wish to point to Flywheel.

Select the DNS Zone File tab underneath the domain.

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

Replace the A Name DNS record associated with the domain

First, delete the A Name record that currently exists.

Then add a new A Name record with the @ symbol as Host and your Flywheel IP address in the Points to field.

Note

We recommend you also set a CNAME record in your zone file to allow use of the www prefix. GoDaddy should do this automatically, but if your zone file does not look like the one below, add a CNAME record for www so it matches.

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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.

Save the new changes.

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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 those who are technically minded/curious, in some DNS zone record control panels, the @ symbol denotes the bare domain, or a domain without a prefix such as email. or www.
It should also be noted that the @ symbol isn’t supported by every DNS control panel, or is supported in different ways, so be careful when using it.


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