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Pointing Domains to Flywheel from Hover

Updated on May 1st, 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 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. Set the domain to primary. Our system will automatically perform a series 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.

Adding a Domain to Flywheel - Hover

Note

Take note of the IP address that Flywheel provides you. In this example, it is 159.203.77.225. Your IP address will be a different set of numbers.

 

2

Access the domain's zone records through Hover's Account Panel

From the main site, under the Your Account dropdown, select the Domains button.

 

Find the row belonging to the domain you’d like to edit. Click on the domain name or click “edit”:

Hover Domains List

 

Then click the “DNS” tab:

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

Hover 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 Hover 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, any subdomains that go along with your site (including www) are controlled by *, which is also an A Record.

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

3

Update A Name records and point the domain at Flywheel

Your default domain record should look something like this:

Click on Edit on the right-hand side of the row of the record you wish to change.

Change both the @ and * A Name records to match the Flywheel’s IP address.

Hover Edit Record

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.

Hover Save Changes

Warning

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate across the entire internet, though we generally see much quicker propagation. Hover has each Time to Live setting for each record set to 15 minutes. Depending on when that last 15-miute check was, you should see your changes go live in 15 minutes 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 an hour or more BEFORE you edit the rest of your records.

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 via the support request form for assistance.

Note

For further reference, see our DNS setup guide here.

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