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How to point your domain to Flywheel from Google Domains

Updated on November 20th, 2020

Note

This article is for customers who have purchased domains that are managed by Google. We have a general help 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.


Table of Contents

1. Add the domain to your Flywheel site and note the IP address
2. Log in to Google Domains
3. Configure the A record
4. Add a CNAME record
5. 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 Google, 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 Google Domains

  1. In a separate tab, log in to the Google Domains admin page.
  2. Click Manage for the domain you want to point to Flywheel.
  3. Click the DNS menu option in the left sidebar.Google Domains - Single domain menu
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the DNS page to the section entitled Custom Resource Records. This is where you’ll add your DNS records.Google Domains - Custom resource records

Configure the A record

You may see additional records in this section, 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.

  1. In the first field for Name, enter @.
  2. In the dropdown menu for Type, select A.
  3. The next field is for TTL (Time To Live), which can be left at the 1 hour default. For more information on TTL, check out this help article: DNS: What is TTL?
  4. In the Data field, enter your IP address. In this example, the IP is 151.101.66.159.
  5. Click the Add button to save the record.

Note: If an A record with the Name of @ already exists, you can click Edit and modify it using the steps above as a guide. Don’t forget to hit the Save button!

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 Google’s help article on A records.


Optional: 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 redirected to thisfinedomain.com. Without a CNAME record, visitors will instead reach an error page.

  1. In the first field for Name, enter www.
  2. In the dropdown menu for Type, select CNAME.
  3. The next field is for TTL (Time To Live), which can be left at the 1 hour default.
  4. In the Data field, enter your root level domain. In this example, the root level domain is thisfinedomain.com.
  5. Click the Add button to save the record.

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


Double-check your work

  1. Check the DNS records to make sure the 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, Google sets the Time to Live setting for each record set to 1 hour. Depending on when that last check was, you should see your changes go live in an hour or less.

Note

Custom name servers: If you’ve made changes to your DNS records but nothing seems to be happening, your domain may be using custom nameservers instead of Google’s defaults. This means that Google’s DNS settings will not have any effect. In this case, you will need to adjust your DNS settings at the name server’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 Google’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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