Domains registered with GoDaddy can take advantage of Flywheel’s partnership with Domain Connect, which allows Flywheel to set up DNS records with GoDaddy on your behalf. If you’d like to point your domain manually instead, follow these instructions after adding the domain to your Flywheel site.
wwwversion of the domain will be added (uncheck the box to skip this step)
wwwversion of your domain was added as well, click Point www in GoDaddy to authorize changes for this subdomain.
There’s a good chance you’ll see several records on the DNS page, 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 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.
Unless you have a subdomain setup, for example shop.thisfinedomain.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 GoDaddy’s help article on creating/updating A records.
We recommend you also set a CNAME record in your zone file to allow the use of the www prefix. A CNAME (aka canonical name) points a subdomain to another domain name.
For example, with a CNAME in place, visitors entering www.thisfinedomain.com in their browser will be re-routed to thisfinedomain.com. Without a CNAME record, visitors will instead reach an error page.
For more information, visit GoDaddy’s help article on creating CNAME records.
If you run into any snags, it’s a good idea to double-check the following first:
_domainconnect. If not, you can create one using the settings pictured below. If this CNAME record is missing, Flywheel will not be able to connect with GoDaddy.
Most likely, you just need to wait a few minutes, as there is a delay between the time DNS changes are made and when they go into effect. This is known as propagation time.
DNS changes by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully update across the entire internet, though it’s generally much quicker. By default, GoDaddy sets the Time to Live (TTL) setting for each record to 1 hour, so you should see your changes go live within that timeframe.
If you get stuck or have any questions along the way, we’d love to help! Reach out to our support team and we’d be glad to assist.
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