What is a temporary domain and how do I change it?

Updated on July 15th, 2021

Every site created on Flywheel comes with a temporary domain, making the site immediately accessible to you even before you point your own domain name to it. These domains reside at either or (if you have a Growth Suite plan).

Creating a custom temporary domain

When you first create a site on Flywheel, you’re given the option of customizing the temporary domain. If you leave this field blank, we will generate a random URL for you.


If a particular custom URL is currently in use, or has been used in the last 48 hours, it may not be available. We suggest trying a different variation.

Referencing your site’s temporary domain

Once your site is created, you’ll be able to access it in your browser using this URL. For reference, it’s displayed on the site dashboard under the site name.

Editing the temporary domain

To choose a new temporary domain, hover the 3-dot menu in the “Domains” box on the site’s Flywheel dashboard and select Edit Temporary Domain.
From there, you can create your own temporary domain, or have Flywheel generate a random one for you.


For more information about adding domains to your site, see the help articles: How do set up my DNS? and Can I point multiple domains at my website?

Still need help?

If you have problems or questions regarding the temporary URL or anything regarding domains, Flywheel support is here to help!

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