(REI Managed) Domain Connection

NOTE: This is domain setup specifically for REI Managed site owners only.  If you are under our Personal, Business, or Forever please disregard this article.

As a Managed REI site owner, you will need to point your domain to your site. Unfortunately, we cannot perform this for you for security reasons. 

In this article we will go over how to connect your domain to your new Managed site(s) to our hosting.

Domain Recommendation

Although most domain name provider will work with your new site, we recommend to purchase your domain through GoDaddy for the simplicity of their process and site.  

Many domain name providers will ask if you need web hosting, please do not purchase or sign up for web hosting as under the REI Managed, we provide you with free and fast hosting through WP engine

Example Connection

Here is an example of how to connect your domain to your REI Managed site using GoDaddy.

Connection Detail Email

Shortly after signing up for your REI Managed plan, you will receive an email with the information that is required to point your domain you purchased to. Please open this email for your reference. 

It will contain a set of unique addresses like this:

In this example, it shows 2 addresses, one for the A Record and one for the CNAME Record, both are needed to point your domain to this set of addresses.

In the example it states:

A --> @ --> 104.197.4.31
CNAME --> www --> rmyoursite.wpengine.com

Please keep the email and A record and CNAME record addresses handy as you will need it for the next step.

Your Domain Name Provider

All domain providers work very similar but we will show how to connect your domain for the following providers:

GoDaddy
Namecheap
Google Domains
Bluehost


Please scroll down below to the provider you are using. If your domain provider is not listed of the above, the steps are very similar. Pleaser to the example video above using GoDaddy to see how to connect your domain to your REI Managed site.


GoDaddy Setup

1. Login to GoDaddy
2. Click My Products to see a list of your purchased domains
3. Select DNS next to the domain you wish to point to your REI Managed site

4. Open the DNS page within GoDaddy
5. Locate the A record for your domain
The name will be @
Or, the name field will show your domain
6. Click the pencil icon to the far right of this record to edit

7. Locate the field Points to
Update this field to your  A Record value that was in the email sent to you. This value is a set of numbers (for example: 104.197.4.31)
8. Click Save

9. Review the list of records again, locate the Type column and identify the row for CNAME with the www as the Name.
10. Click the  pencil icon to the far right of this record to edit 
11.Locate the field Points to 
Update this field to your CNAME value that was in the email sent to you. This value is a web address (for example: rmyoursite.wpengine.com)
12. Click Save
It should look like this once saved (but with your own CNAME Value provided in the email):


Note: If CNAME with a www does NOT exist, and a www record is an A record type and looks like this, then follow the next steps:

- Delete the single existing www record
- Click the button to Add
- Change the dropdown for type to CNAME
- In the Host field enter: www
In the Points to field enter the CNAME value in the email (for example: rmyoursite.wpengine.com)
Click
Save

13. That’s it! Now reply to our email letting us know that you have completed the Domain setup for your GoDaddy domains.


Namecheap Setup

Next, login to your Namecheap account at www.namecheap.com. Upon login you should see a list of your domains. Next to the domain you wish to point to WP Engine, select “Manage” from the dropdown menu.

To point your Namecheap domain
1. Edit your @ record first which is the A Record.
Update this field to your A Record address that was in the email sent to you. This is a set of numbers (for example: 104.197.4.31). 
Use the unique address that was given to you in your email.
2. You can also edit the “ TTL,” which is the time to propagate the change. In this example I have set the TTL to 5 minutes.
3. Now edit the “www” record.
4. For “Type,” select CNAME record
5. Select to point it to your CNAME address that was in the email sent to you. This is an address (for example: rmyoursite.wpengine.com)
 When finished your DNS records should look similar to the image below (but with your own values from the your email):

6. That’s it! Now reply to our email letting us know that you have completed the Domain setup for your Namecheap domains.


Google Domains Setup

1. Login to your Google Domains account at https://domains.google.com/registrar
2. 
Upon login you should see a list of your domains. Next to the domain you wish to point to WP Engine, select Manage from the dropdown menu. 

3. Select DNS beside the domain that you will be using.
4. Start at the top of the “DNS” page on Google Domains. Ensure the option to “ Use the Google Domains name servers” is selected in the Name servers section, then scroll to the bottom. Under Custom resource records we will configure the DNS records for your domain.
5 .  In the first box, enter @ , then select A as the type from the dropdown menu. If you want your DNS changes to take place quickly, enter 10m in the next box to indicate a 10 minute change time.
6
. Enter the A Record address in the box that says IPv4 address that was in the email sent to you which is a set of numbers (for example: 104.197.4.31) and click “Add.”
7 . Next, enter www in the first box, and select CNAME from the dropdown menu. Again you can choose a faster propagation time if you choose.
8
.  In the last box enter CNAME address that was in the email sent to you. This is an address (for example: rmyoursite.wpengine.com)
9. Click “ add” to save your changes. 

Your records should look similar to this (with completely different values under the Data column):


10. That’s it! Now reply to our email letting us know that you have completed the Domain setup for your Google domains.


Bluehost Setup

1. Log into www.bluehost.com, then select Domains on the left navigation. 
2. Locate the domain you will be pointing in the main navigation window and select Manage then click on DNS

3. Locate the A (Host) section
4. There is likely a host record here already for @, if so, click the 3 dot menu icon and select Edit.

5. In the Points To field enter t he  A Record addres s that was in the email sent to you which is a set of numbers (for example: 104.197.4.31) and click Save.
6. Scroll down to the CNAME (Alias) section
7. If your www host record is already configured as a CNAME (Alias) record, click the 3 dot menu icon and select Edit

6. Configure the CNAME record by entering the CNAME value that was in the email sent to you. This is an address (for example: rmyoursite.wpengine.com).
7. Ensure that the Host Record is www and TTL is 4 hours.
8. Click Save

11. That’s it! Now reply to our email letting us know that you have completed the Domain setup for your Bluehost domain.

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