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Pointing domains to Flywheel from ENOM

Note

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

Flywheel provides each site with an 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. Set the domain to primary. Our system will automatically perform a series of searches for the old domain, replacing them with the new domain. All non-primary domains will also be set up with a 301 redirect to the primary domain.

“ENOM

 

Note

Take note of the IP address that Flywheel provides you. In this example, it is 104.131.65.103. Your IP address will be a different set of numbers.
2

Access ENOM’s DNS control panel

Once logged into ENOM’s account page, scroll down to the “Domain Manager” section. Then click on “Registered Domains”.

 ENOM Registered Domains

If you have more than one domain registered through ENOM, on this next page you should see the domain you’re here to edit. Select it. If you have just one, you should hop right into the controls for that domain.

On the next page, click on the Host Records link.

ENOM Host Records

 

Warning

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 described below 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

ENOM uses placeholder symbols to represent parts of their host record system. Here is a quick cheat-sheet of these symbols and what they mean:

@

This represents the root version of your domain. In our example above, @ 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

The default setup on ENOM is to have all versions of your domain controlled by a single wildcard (*) A Record. So if you see an A Record named *. If you want different versions of your domain to point to different websites, you’ll want to remove this record.

Additionally, ENOM does not require you to type in the entire domain for every field. Simply typing in www in the name field will mean you are creating a subdomain that is actually www.example.com.

 

3

Replace the A Name DNS record associated with the domain

First, locate row for the A Record or CNAME associated with the domain that you just added in the Flywheel dash.

Change the record type to A Record and then enter your Flywheel IP address in the Address field.

enom_default_configuration

The default ENOM setup.

Click Save when finished.

Flywheel recomended config for A Records and CNAMES

Flywheel recommends changing the @ Host Name to an A Record type and then entering in your Flywheel site’s IP address.

Note

CNAME or Alias records simply mean that this record follows another record on this page or follows another web address. On ENOM, if you want this subdomain (like www.example.com) to go to the same place as the root version of your domain (example.com), then simply type @ in the Address field.
4

Double check your work and save changes


Check to make sure the IP address for the A records matches the IP address in your Flywheel dashboard. Be sure to click “save” when you’re all done.

Warning

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate across the entire internet, though we generally see much quicker propagation. ENOM has all  Time to Live settings for domains set to 1 hour (the only way to speed things up is to contact their customer support). Depending on when that last hourly check was, you should see your changes go live in an hour or less.

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! Message us with a screenshot of your current DNS records or provide us with your ENOM login for assistance.

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