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.
If you’re brand new to the world of domain names, some of the terminology may seem a little confusing. If you ever feel stuck, feel free to reference our Glossary of DNS terms.
1. Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address
2. Log in to Namecheap
4. Add an A record
5. Add a CNAME record
6. Double-check your work
Note: DNS propagation times
Note: Custom nameservers
wwwversion of the domain will be added (uncheck the box to skip this step)
You may see additional records on the Advanced 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.
Note: Namecheap removes their placeholder host records when you add your own, so you see fewer host records after saving, don’t worry!
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 Namecheap’s help article on A records.
If you added the
www version of your domain earlier, you’ll want to set up a CNAME record as well. 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 Namecheap’s help article on adding CNAME records.
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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