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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 nation 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.

Warning

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?

Note

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

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