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Pointing Domains to Flywheel from NameCheap

Updated on May 1st, 2020
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 (in this example, we’ll use the domain taterbug.party). Set the domain to primary, and make sure the checkbox is ticked if you want to also add the www version of the domain.. Our system will automatically perform a series searches for the old domain, replacing them with the domain you just added. All non-primary domains will also be set up with a 301 redirect to the primary domain.

Note

Take note of the IP address indicated under the ‘Domains’ box on the site’s Flywheel Dashboard. In this example, we’ll be using 11.11.11.11. Your IP address may be a different set of numbers.
2

Log in to your Namecheap account

Log in to your account at Namecheap.com. From any page on the Namecheap website, just look for the Sign In link the upper-lefthand corner.

Upon signing in, you should be directed to your Dashboard.

3

Navigate to your Advanced DNS Zone Editor

The Advanced DNS Zone Editor (sometimes called DNS manager or domain manager) is essentially a kind of digital spreadsheet where the various functions of your domain can be mapped out.

How to Navigate to the Advanced DNS Editor for your Domain in Namecheap:

● From your user dashboard, click on the Domains List icon on the left-hand side of your screen

Domains List Highlighted Namecheap
● Find the Flywheel-hosted domain that you wish to edit. Then click the Manage button.

Manage Button Highlight Namecheap
● From the Manage page, select the Advanced DNS tab.

● Scroll down to the Host Records section.

Host Records Section Namecheap

Warning

A note on editing DNS.

DNS controls a lot of different functions related to your domain. Many of them have nothing to do with your WordPress website.

That’s why, when you’re making changes in DNS related to your website, it is important to modify only the A-record for your root domain.

Editing or removing other existing records may result in an unwanted disruption of service for things like email. If you’re worried about making these changes or just want a second opinion, simply contact us with a screenshot of your current DNS configuration and we’ll be happy to help you sort things out.

Note

Namecheap’s Advanced DNS editor uses some common placeholder symbols to represent parts of DNS. Here is a quick cheat-sheet of these symbols and what they mean when you see them on this page:

@This represents the root version of your domain.  If our domain was example.com, in Namechap’s DNS editor, @ 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

Additionally, some registrars do not require you to type in the entire domain for every field. For most, simply typing in www in the name field will mean you are creating a subdomain that is actually www.example.com.

3

Edit A Record

To make your edit, find the row in the editor with the Host name of ‘@’. Update that A-record’s Value to match the IP address found on your site’s Flywheel Dashboard.

Note that your domain may be represented by one of the placeholder symbols mentioned above.

Click on the IP address you wish to edit.  Replace the old IP address listed in each record with the new IP address provided to you on the site’s Flywheel Dashboard.

Updating A Record Namecheap

Click the green checkmark to save your edits.

As long as there is a CNAME with the Host of ‘www’ with a Value that matches your root, or non-www domain, you shouldn’t need to make any further changes.

Note

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate, though we generally see much quicker propagation.

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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