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Pointing Domains to Flywheel from NameCheap

Flywheel provides each site with a dedicated 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.

Note

Take note of the IP address that Flywheel provides you. In this example, it is 45.55.244.74.
2

Access the domain's zone records through NameCheap's Domain Manager

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Select the domain you’d like to use with your Flywheel site.

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Select the “Advanced DNS” option.

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Select ‘Manage.’

Note

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 and CNAME described below.
3

Update A and CNAME records in the Zone file

If present, select and delete the “URL Record.”

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When you edit your records, you’ll be presented with a warning message:

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Go ahead and accept that warning message.

Now we’re going to update our A Name Record. Select “Add Record” and fill out the information like so:

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Awesome!

Now let’s update our CNAME Record. Start by editing the record:
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Now update the record itself to point ‘www’ to your domain name.
CNAME

Note

If you have an email system in place on the domain you’re using, be careful not to change any records (CNAME, A, or MX) related to that email system. Doing so could result in a loss of email.
4

Verify that the record is in place and select Done

Check to make sure the record change has been updated and points to your site’s Flywheel IP address, then select “Done.”

Warning

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate, though we generally see much quicker propagation. If you see anything out of the ordinary during that time it’s best to clear your browser cache and cookies, and restart your computer to clear your operating system DNS cache.

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 to [email protected] for assistance.

Note

For further reference, see our DNS setup guide here.

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