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How to point your domain to Flywheel from Hover

Updated on November 20th, 2020

Note

This article is for customers who have purchased domains that are managed by Hover. 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, thisfinedomain.com, and would like it to resolve to a Flywheel site.


Table of Contents

1. Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address
2. Log in to Hover
3. Edit the A record
4. Remove or update the wildcard A record
5. Optional: Configure CNAME Record for www
6. Double-check your work
Note: DNS propagation times
Note: Custom nameservers


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

  1. On the Domains card in the Flywheel site’s Overview tab, click the + icon to add the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel.
  2. Enter the domain name in the URL field, and set the domain to primary. You can add the www version of the domain by ticking the box. If enabled, make sure to add a CNAME record for www at GoDaddy, see section below.

    Our system will automatically perform a series of searches for the old domain, replacing them with the new domain. Any additional, non-primary domains you add will be set up with a 301 redirect to the primary domain.
  3. Note the site’s IP address on the Domains card. In this example, the IP is 151.101.66.159. Your IP address may be a different set of numbers.

Log in to Hover

  1. In a separate tab, log in to the Hover control panel.
  2. Locate the domain you want to point to your Flywheel site.
  3. From the domain’s Overview page, click on DNS.

Edit the A record

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.

  1. Locate the A record with the @ in the Host field.
  2. Click the Edit button.
  3. Replace the the contents of IP Address field with your site’s IP. In this example, the IP is 151.101.66.159.
    Note: The @ symbol serves as a placeholder for the root level domain. In this case, it stands for thisfinedomain.com.
  4. Usually, there’s no need to adjust TTL, which stands for Time To Live. For more information on TTL, check out this help article: DNS: What is TTL?
  5. Click Save 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 Hover’s help article on adding/updating A records.


Remove or update the wildcard A record

By default, Hover sets up a wildcard A record, which routes traffic from all subdomains to a specified IP address.

You should update its Value field with the IP address of your Flywheel site (using the same method as above), or you can remove the record altogether.

  1. Locate the A record with the * symbol in the Host field.
  2. Click on the X.
  3. Click Delete in the confirmation window that pops up.

Note: If you remove the wildcard A record, we highly recommend adding a CNAME record for www.


Optional: Configure CNAME record for www

We recommend you also set a CNAME record in your zone file to allow 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.

  1. Click the Add A Record button.
  2. Under Type, select CNAME.
  3. Enter www for the Hostname.
  4. Enter your root domain name for the Target Name. In this example, we’re using thisfinedomain.com.
  5. Click Add Record to complete the process.

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


Double-check your work

  1. Check Hover’s DNS page to make sure the record changes have been updated. Your records should look like this (with your domain’s information instead of the example domain here):
  2. After propagation, you can also verify your domain is successfully pointed to Flywheel by using our DNS Checker, located on the Domains card.
  3. If you see all green checkmarks, give yourself a hand – your domain is now pointed to Flywheel!

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, Hover sets the Time to Live setting for each record to 15 minutes. Depending on when that last check was, you should see your changes go live in just a few minutes.

Note

Custom nameservers: If you’ve made changes to your DNS records but nothing seems to be happening, your domain may be using custom nameservers instead of Hover’s defaults. This means that Hover’s settings will not have any effect. In this case, you will need to adjust your DNS settings at the nameserver’s admin panel instead. This situation is most likely when a proxy like Cloudflare or Sucuri is being used.


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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