Flywheel provides each site with a dedicated 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.
Under the Domains panel in the Flywheel site overview, add the domain you’d like to point to Flywheel.
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.”
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.
Under the domain you wish to edit, click the “Change Where This Domain Points” button.
On the next page, select “Advanced DNS” and click “Continue.”
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.
Inside the Advanced DNS manager for Network Solutions, click the “edit A records” button.
|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.
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.
Replace the old IP address listed in the A record with the IP address we had you copy earlier.
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.
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.
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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