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How to point your domain to Flywheel from eNom

Updated on November 20th, 2020

Note

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.

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.


Table of Contents

1. Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address
2. Log in to eNom
4. Configure the A record
5. Configure CNAME record for www
5. Optional: Configure the wildcard (*) A record
6. Double-check your work
Note: DNS propagation times
Note: Custom nameservers


Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address

  1. On the Domains card in the Flywheel site’s Overview tab, click the + icon to add the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel.
  2. Enter the domain name in the URL field, and set the domain to primary. You can add the www version of the domain by ticking the box. If enabled, make sure to add a CNAME record for www at Namecheap, see section below.

    Our system will automatically perform a series of searches for the old domain, replacing them with the new domain. Any additional, non-primary domains you add will be set up with a 301 redirect to the primary domain.
  3. Note the site’s IP address on the Domains card. In this example, the IP is 151.101.66.159. Your IP address may be a different set of numbers.

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

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 151.101.66.159.
  4. Click Save to apply your changes.

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


Configure CNAME record for www

We recommend you also set a CNAME record in your zone file to allow use of the www prefix. 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.

  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. Otherwise, you should point this to your Flywheel site’s IP address.

  1. Locate the record with the asterisk (*) symbol for the Host Name.
  2. Enter your Flywheel IP address in the Address field.
  3. Click Save to apply the changes.

Double-check your work

  1. Check eNom’s Host Records page to make sure the record changes have been updated. Your records should look like this (with your domain’s information instead of the example domain here):
  2. After propagation, you can also verify your domain is successfully pointed to Flywheel by using our DNS Checker, located on the Domains card.
  3. If you see all green checkmarks, give yourself a hand – your domain is now pointed to Flywheel!

Note

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.

Note

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.


Still need help?

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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