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Update DNS for Flywheel cloud upgrade

Updated on August 4th, 2022

Woohoo, your sites are ready to be upgraded to Flywheel’s new Cloud Platform! In this article, we’ll look over how to prepare your sites for the upgrade by updating DNS.


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Upgrade Center

To prepare your site and begin the upgrade process, you’ll need to update the DNS records for all domains associated with the site. To get started, visit the Upgrade Center. Here you’ll find a list of all your sites and domains that are eligible for the upgrade, along with some helpful info.

  • Site: the site name and corresponding domain
  • DNS Provider: the DNS service that manages your domain
  • New IP: the IP address of the cloud server Flywheel has been assigned to your site
  • DNS Status: the current state of the domain (Not Updated, In Progress, or Updated)
  • Update DNS button: updates DNS automatically, if your domain supports Domain Connect

Updating DNS

Before our system can schedule the upgrade for your site, it first needs to confirm that all your site’s domains are pointing to their new IP address(es). There are two ways to update DNS:

Updating DNS via Domain Connect

If your site’s domain supports Domain Connect, all you need to do is click the Update DNS button, log in to your DNS provider, and Flywheel will automatically configure the domain for you. If necessary, repeat this process for any additional domains on the site.

Updating DNS manually

Domain names that do not support Domain Connect will need to have their DNS records pointed manually. This process can be tricky sometimes, so check out our provider-specific instructions below.

Note

Once you’ve pointed DNS to the New IP, you can continue making changes to your site until the upgrade window begins and again after the upgrade completes, but not during the upgrade window itself.

DNS guides

123 Reg
Bluehost
Cloudflare
Domain.com
DreamHost
Enom
Gandi
GKG
GoDaddy
Google Domains
HostGator
Hover
Ionos/1and1
MediaTemple
Name.com
NameCheap
Network Solutions
Rackspace
Rebel
Register.com

General instructions

  1. Navigate to the DNS manager for your domain. Not sure who is managing DNS? Lookup your domain’s registrar/reseller info here.
  2. Edit the A record for your domain name, look for the existing IP address, and change it to your new IP address.
  3. Save your changes.
  4. Update any remaining domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

If you’re having trouble pointing DNS, it can be a good idea to check with your DNS provider’s support team since they will likely be most familiar with the steps required.

123 Reg

  1. Log in to your account at 123 Reg.
  2. From the user dashboard, under Manage Active Products, click the Manage button next to Domains and select your domain.
  3. Click the Manage DNS link under Advanced domain settings on the Manage Domain page. On the DNS Management page, click the Advanced DNS tab.
  4. Click the pencil icon on the row containing the A record for your domain name. Replace the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Click the green check icon to save your changes.
  6. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit 123Reg’s help center.

BlueHost

  1. Log in to your account at Bluehost.
  2. Once logged in, use the left navigation panel to select Domains and then Zone Editor. On the Zone Editor page, select your domain from the dropdown.
  3. Click on the gear icon on the row containing the A record for your domain name, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  4. Click Save to update your A record.
  5. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit BlueHost’s help center.

Cloudflare

  1. Log in to your Cloudflare Account.
  2. Click on the card for your site.
  3. In the top navigation bar, click on the DNS Icon.
  4. Edit the A record for your domain name, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Cloudflare’s help center.

Domain.com

  1. Log in to your account at Domain.com.
  2. From the Control Panel, select DomainCentral under the Domains section.
  3. Click on your domain on the domain list to reveal more controls.
  4. Select the DNS tab.
  5. Under the Modify dropdown, select A Record.
  6. Find the A record for your domain name. Under the action dropdown, select Edit and replace the current IP address with the New IP address.
  7. Save your changes.
  8. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Domain.com’s help center.

DreamHost

  1. Log in to your account at Dreamhost.
  2. Select Manage Domains from the Domains dropdown menu in the left-hand sidebar.
  3. Find your domain on the next page and click on the DNS link underneath it.
  4. Click the Edit button for the A record for your domain.
  5. Next, replace the current IP address with the New IP address.
  6. Click Edit Record Now! to save your changes.
  7. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Dreamhost’s help center.

Enom

  1. Log in to your account at Enom.
  2. On the Account Overview page, navigate to the Domain Manager section and click Registered Domains. Select your domain, and under the Manage Domain dropdown, select Host Records.
  3. Edit the A record for your domain name, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  4. Save your changes.
  5. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Enom’s help center.

Gandi

  1. Log in to your account at Gandi.
  2. From the dashboard, select Domains in the left-hand navigation bar.
  3. Next, click on your domain. Using the left-hand navigation, select DNS Records.
  4. Click the pencil icon on the row containing the A record for your domain name, and replace the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Click Update to save your changes.
  6. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Gandi’s help center.

GKG

  1. Log in to your account at GKG.
  2. Using the top navigation bar, mouse-over Domains, then DNS (Zone) Hosting. Finally, click on Configure.
  3. On the next page, click on your domain.
  4. On the next page, select the IPv4 tab.
  5. Click the Edit button of the A record for your domain.
  6. On the next page, replace the existing IP address with the New IP address.
  7. Click Update to save your changes.
  8. Please update any remaining domains. Once that’s squared away, you’ll get an email when your upgrade is scheduled!

Note

You can reach out to GKG support via email for more detailed instructions on pointing DNS.

GoDaddy

  1. Log in to your account at GoDaddy.
  2. Navigate to the DNS controls by clicking on your username in the top navigation bar.
  3. Under Quick Links, select Manage Domains and click on your domain.
  4. Click the Pencil Icon to edit the A record for your domain (sometimes shown as @). Replace the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Click the blue Save button.
  6. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit GoDaddy’s help center.

Google Domains

  1. Log in to Google Domains.
  2. On the My domains page, click the DNS icon next to your domain. Scroll down on the next page to the Custom resource records section.
  3. Edit the A record for your domain (sometimes shown as @) and replace the current IP address with the New IP address.
  4. Save your changes.
  5. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Google Domain’s help center.

HostGator

  1. Log in to your site’s cPanel.
  2. Look for the Domains section, then click Zone Editor.
  3. On the next page, locate the domain name you wish to edit.
  4. Click Manage to view the domain’s complete set of DNS records.
  5. Locate the DNS record you wish to update.
  6. Select Edit, then in the Record field, replace the existing IP address with the New IP address.
  7. Click Save Record.
  8. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit HostGator’s help center.

Hover

  1. Log in to your account at Hover.
  2. Select Manage Domains from the Your Account dropdown menu.
  3. Find the row for your domain and select the Edit dropdown and click on Edit DNS.
  4. Click the Edit button for the A record for your domain, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Click Save Changes to confirm.
  6. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Hover’s help center.

Ionos/1and1

  1. Log in to your Control Panel at login.ionos.com.
  2. From the Control Panel, use the left-hand menu to select Domains under My Products.
  3. Find your domain on the domain list and click the gear icon on that row. Select DNS from the dropdown.
  4. Click on the gear icon and edit the A record for your domain name, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Save your changes.
  6. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Ionos’s help center.

Media Temple

  1. Log in to your account at Media Temple.
  2. In the top navigation bar, under Domains, click Show All.
  3. Click the Admin button for your domain name.
  4. On the next page, select Edit DNS Zone File under DNS & Zone Files.”
  5. Edit the A record for your domain name, replacing the existing IP address with the New IP address.
  6. Click Save Changes once all edits are complete.
  7. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS, visit Media Temple’s support center.

Name.com

  1. Log in to your account at Name.com.
  2. Navigate to the domain you wish to edit from the dashboard and click on the domain name. On the lefthand menu, select DNS Records.
  3. Click the Edit button for the A record for your domain, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  4. Click Update to save your changes.
  5. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS, visit Name.com’s support center.

Namecheap

  1. Log in to your account at Namecheap.
  2. On the dashboard page, navigate to the Domain List tab.
  3. Locate your domain and select the Manage button.
  4. On the next page, select the Advanced DNS tab.
  5. Edit the A record for your domain name by clicking on the existing IP address and replacing it with the New IP address.
  6. Click on the green checkmark at the end of the row to save your changes.
  7. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Namecheap’s help center.

Network Solutions

  1. Log in to your account at Network Solutions.
  2. Under Log In to, select Manage My Domain Names.
  3. Navigate to the domain you wish to edit and select Change where my domain points. Then select the Advanced DNS Manager option. Click the Edit A Records button.
  4. Edit the A record for your domain name, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Click Continue to review your DNS edits and then click Save Changes to finalize your changes.
  6. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Network Solutions’ help center.

Rackspace

  1. Log in to your account at Rackspace
  2. Navigate to Network > Domains (DNS) and find your domain name.
  3. Click the pencil icon on the row containing the A record for your domain name. Replace the current IP address with the New IP address.
  4. Click Save Changes to confirm.
  5. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Rackspace’s help center.

Rebel

  1. Log in to your account at Rebel.
  2. From the My Account Page, select Domain Manager under Manage Your Domains.
  3. Click on your domain to edit its settings.
  4. On the next page, select the DNS tab, then click the link under Manage Advanced DNS Records.
  5. Click the Edit button for the A record for your domain. On the popup, change the existing IP to your New IP address.
  6. Click Save to confirm your changes.
  7. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Rebel’s help center.

Register.com

  1. Log in to your Register.com account.
  2. On the Account Dashboard, select the Domains icon, then click Manage.
  3. Look for the Domain Product associated with your domain. Scroll down to the Advanced Technical Settings and click the edit button on the A Record type.
  4. Edit the A record for your domain name, replacing the current IP address with the New IP address.
  5. Click Continue to save your changes.
  6. Repeat this process for all other domains on the site. Once that’s squared away, we’ll schedule your site’s upgrade and email you the details.

Note

For more detailed instructions on pointing DNS or to get in touch with their support, visit Register.com’s help center.

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