Get over $2,000 of premium WP themes (including the Genesis Framework) for free with any plan!

Learn more

Help articles Domain Names

What is a primary url and how do I change it?

The primary url in Flywheel is the main url that your site is accessible by. You can add as many urls as you would like, but each of them will 301 redirect to the primary url.

You can view and change your primary url in the “Domains” box for a site in the Flywheel control panel. The primary url is denoted with a blue PRIMARY box, and you can modify its settings from the drop down menu:

Once you’ve marked a domain as primary, the redirect should take effect right away. However, due to the nature of browser caching, you might need to close your browser in order to see the change (i.e. your browser might be caching the previous url). A hard refresh and/or restarting the browser usually alleviates this.

If you have any questions on urls, DNS, domains or anything else, shoot Flywheel support a note and we’ll help you out.


In order for a url to work properly, your DNS settings for that domain must correctly point to your site’s IP address. For more information on correctly setting up DNS for your Flywheel site, check out the help article: How do I set up my DNS?


The concept of having one url for your site is a best practice for Google and SEO. It ensures that Google and other search engines only see one version of your site – the one that you prefer – and helps to minimize duplicate content penalties. For more information about url canonicalization see this artice by Google SEO master Matt Cutts: SEO advice: url canonicalization

Was this article helpful?

  • Billing & Accounts

    Questions relating to payments, billing and managing your account on Flywheel.

    14 Articles
  • Blueprints

    Learn everything there is to know about what Blueprints are, how to create them and how to make the best use of them.

    5 Articles
  • Database

    How to access your WordPress database to make changes and update content.

    3 Articles
  • Domain Names

    Details about how to manage DNS and point your domain names at Flywheel.

    16 Articles
  • Frequently Asked

    The most commonly asked questions, and a few we just think you should know.

    26 Articles
  • General Questions

    Questions that don't fit elsewhere, or those about Flywheel in general.

    56 Articles
  • Getting started

    Everything you need to know to get your first Flywheel site up and running.

    17 Articles
  • Local

    Everything you need to know about our amazing, free local WordPress development software for Mac and PC.

    20 Articles
  • Organizations

    Everything you need to know about managing your team with our Organizations feature.

    8 Articles
  • Plugins

    Which plugins work best, which plugins work worst, and everything in between.

    7 Articles
  • Security

    Details about everything Flywheel does to makes your site so secure.

    16 Articles
  • SFTP

    Information on setting up and troubleshooting with SFTP connections and file transfers.

    5 Articles
  • Simple SSL

    All there is to know about our free, automatically installed and activated SSL certificates.

    8 Articles
  • Staging

    How to get the most out of Staging, which allows you to duplicate a site, make changes, and then push those changes to the live site.

    6 Articles
  • White Label

    Everything you need to know about our Whitelabel subscriptions for branding and reselling Flywheel.

    3 Articles

Flywheel help

Help is just a click away! Log into the Flywheel dashboard to instantly chat with an expert, open a ticket, or follow along with in-depth documentation. We happily offer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Log in

Try it yourself. It's free & takes less than 60 seconds. Sign up