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Pointing domains to Flywheel from Network Solutions

Updated on May 1st, 2020

Note

This article is for customers who have purchased domains that are managed by Network Solutions. 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.

Note

Take note of the IP address that Flywheel provides you. In this example, it is 162.243.2.131.
2

Navigate to the DNS Zone Editor for your domain


Log in to your account at Network Solutions.On the login screen, under the “Log In To” drop down, make sure to select “Manage My Domain Names.”

Network Solutions Logging In

Once logged in, you should see a list of all the domains you’ve purchased through Network Solutions.

Scroll down to find the domain you wish to edit.

3

Select 'Change Where Domain Points'

Under the domain you wish to edit, click the “Change Where This Domain Points” button.

Change Where Domain Points Highlight

4

Select Advanced DNS settings.

On the next page, select “Advanced DNS” and click “Continue.”

Network Solutions Advanced DNS

 

You should now see the Advanced DNS Zone Editor Page. This is where the various functions of your domain, from web traffic to email, can be mapped out.

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.
5

Select the 'Edit A Records' button.

Inside the Advanced DNS manager for Network Solutions, click the “edit A records” button.

 

Note

Network Solutions 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 Network Solutions is to set up @ (the root version of your domain), www, and * (any other subdomain that somebody puts before the domain) as individual A records that all need to be edited to point to your website.

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


6

Update the A Record Numeric IP boxes with your Flywheel IP address.

Replace the old IP address listed in the A record with the IP address we had you copy earlier.

DNS Editor Network Solutions

 

Note: If the A record for your domain or subdomain doesn’t yet exist, you can add new records in the empty rows or click on the Add More A Records link at the bottom of the page.

Click “Continue” to review all the changes you’ve made. If everything looks good, click on the “Save Changes” button.

7

Optional: Setting Up CNAME Records

A CNAME Record is a bit like an alias. It tells a particular domain or subdomain to follow another domain.

The default on Network Solutions is to set up everything as an A Record. So chances are you’re already done at this point.

If you already have a CNAME record set up to follow the A Record you just changed, you’re also already done at this point because if you change an A Record, any CNAMES set to follow it will just go where it goes.

However, if you want to create a new follower CNAME record, you can do that by clicking on the “Edit CNAME Records” button from the Network Solutions Advanced DNS manager.

Type in an empty row to create a new record.

Network Solutions gives you a couple options here. If you want this subdomain to do whatever an existing A Record for this domain is doing, select that record under the “refers to host name” drop down. Remember that the @ symbol means the same thing as your regular domain and * symbol means all subdomains.

If you want this record to redirect to a completely different domain – not the one that you’re presently working on, you can type in that web address here and your record will make your domain or subdomain instead redirect to this other website.

As before click “Continue” then “Save Changes” when you are done.

Warning

DNS by nature can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate across the entire internet, though we generally see much quicker propagation. Network Solutions has each Time to Live setting for each record set to 2 hours (written out as 7,200 seconds). Depending on when that last every-other-hour check was, you should see your changes go live in two hours or less. If you’d like to speed things up, you can enter in a shorter TTL time like 300 (that’s 5 minutes), but make sure to do that two hours or more BEFORE you edit the rest of your records.

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 Network Solutions login for assistance.

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