Point eNom DNS to Flywheel

Updated on March 13th, 2024

Flywheel provides each site with an IP address to which domains can be pointed. This is useful if you own, for example,, and would like it to resolve to a Flywheel site.


This article is for customers who have purchased domains that are managed by eNom. We have a general DNS setup tutorial as well as instructions for other domain providers here.

If you’re brand new to the world of domain names, some of the terminologies may seem a little confusing. If you ever feel stuck, feel free to reference our Glossary of DNS terms.


For security best practices, we recommend not pointing a wildcard entry directly to a Flywheel IP address, but instead to point any subdomain independently. The use of wildcard records may open your domain up to additional subdomains being created without your permission.

Step 1: Add the domain to your Flywheel site

  1. From the site’s Overview tab, go to the Domains section and click the + Add Domain button to add the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel.
    Add domain button
  2. Next, fill out the domain information as described below.
    Add domain information
    1. Domain: Enter the URL (without a prefix). Example:
    2. Primary domain: Check the box if you want this to be your primary domain (if this will be your site’s main URL).
    3. www: By default, the www version of the domain will be added, but you can uncheck the box to skip this step if needed. Example:

    Then click Next.


    In the background, our system will automatically update all appropriate URL references in the database to this new primary domain.
  3. Click to copy your new DNS records to your clipboard. We recommend keeping this tab open so you can easily copy them from here and paste them into eNom’s DNS editor.
    View DNS records
    You will need to copy all the records you see in the table. For example:
    A record (This is your Flywheel site’s IP address)
    CNAME record (The CNAME record is only required if you’re adding the “www” version of your domain. If you’re not, the CNAME isn’t required and won’t be displayed in the list.)
    TXT record

Step 2: Log in to eNom

  1. In a separate tab, log in to eNom and navigate to Account Overview.
  2. Scroll down to the Domain Manager section and click on Registered Domains.ENOM Registered Domains
  3. Choose the domain you want to point to Flywheel, then click on the Host Records link.ENOM Host Records

Step 3: Configure the A record

  1. Locate the record with the @ symbol for the Host Name.
  2. If necessary, change the Record Type to A (Address).
  3. Enter your Flywheel site’s IP address in the Address field. In this example, the IP address is
  4. Click Save to apply your changes.

For more information, visit eNoms help article on adding A records.

Step 4: Configure CNAME record for www

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 in their browser will be re-routed to Without a CNAME record, visitors will instead reach an error page.

  1. Locate the record with www as the Host Name.
  2. Make sure the Record Type is set to CNAME (Alias).
  3. Enter for the Address.
  4. Click Save to apply the changes.

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

Optional: Configure the wildcard (*) A record

The default setup on eNom is to have all versions of your domain controlled by a single wildcard (*) A record. If you want subdomains of your domain to point to different websites, you’ll want to remove this record.

  1. Locate the record with the asterisk (*) symbol for the Host Name.
  2. Remove the Flywheel IP address or any IP address and point subdomains independently.
  3. Click Save to apply the changes.


For security best practices, we recommend not pointing a wildcard entry directly to a Flywheel IP address, but instead to point any subdomain independently. The use of wildcard records may open your domain up to additional subdomains being created without your permission.

Step 5: Add a TXT record

The TXT (or Text) record is used to verify that you own and control your domain, and prevents unauthorized use of your domain.

Go to Host Records and add the following information:

  • Host Name: Paste the host/label text string from your Flywheel DNS details.
  • Record Type: TXT record type.
  • Address: Paste the destination/target text string from your Flywheel DNS details.


For more information, visit eNom’s help article on TXT records.

Step 6: Confirm your changes using Flywheel’s DNS checker

After a short propagation window, your site should be connected to Flywheel! You can use our built-in DNS checker to confirm your settings.

1. Go to your site’s Overview tab on the Flywheel dashboard.
2. Click Refresh Status in the Domains section.
Refresh DNS status button

Once your site is pointed to Flywheel, the status will switch to ✅ Connected and the domain registrar will be displayed as well.

DNS status and DNS registrar displayed in Flywheel dashboard


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, eNom sets the Time to Live setting for each record to 1 hour. so you should see your changes go live within that timeframe.


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 eNom’s defaults. This means that eNom’s DNS 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. You can confirm the name servers in use by following eNom’s help article.

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