If you are using 1&1 (sometimes referred to as 1and1) as your DNS provider, this guide will help you configure your DNS records to point to WP Engine. This step is required in the process of “going live” with your domain on the WP Engine platform.
Please note: Be sure to review our Going Live guide to ensure you have taken the necessary steps before changing your DNS.
Step 1: Locate your DNS information in User Portal
The first step is to locate your A Record and CNAME by logging in to your WP Engine User Portal. You can find this information by navigating to the Overview page for your site.
Keep your WP Engine User Portal page open as you continue through the next steps for east access!
Step 2: Login to 1&1
Now login to your 1&1 domains dashboard and click Domains under My products in the left-hand navigation. You will see a list of your 1&1 domains in the center pane. Click the gear icon next to the domain you wish to point to WP Engine and select DNS from the dropdown menu.
Step 3: Point DNS to WP Engine
Now it is time to plug in the settings from the WP Engine Overview page into your GoDaddy settings. Before doing this, it’s time to make a choice:
- Option A (preferred): point your nameservers to Cloudflare. This will make it so you never need to update DNS again!
- Option B (still okay!): point your A record to WP Engine. This will work just fine, but you will need to update your DNS records if your website is ever migrated to a new server. This method keeps your Domain and DNS management at 1&1.
Option A: Point Nameservers to Cloudflare
Cloudflare is a service that offers services like DNS management, CDN, Web Application Firewall (WAF), and even DDoS mitigation services. Before continuing, at this point you should open a new tab and navigate to www.cloudflare.com. Here you can sign up for a free account to get started. Enter your domain name when prompted.
When you continue, Cloudflare will automatically lookup your DNS records. As it performs this lookup, click Next to select your Cloudflare plan. For the purposes of this article, we have chosen the free Cloudflare plan.
From here, Cloudflare will import your existing 1&1 DNS settings. In this stage, remove the A record next to your root domain (ilovecutepuppies.org in this example), and add a CNAME record in its place. Enter the CNAME record from your WP Engine Overview page for your site and click Add Record to save.
Now, look to your “www” record. If it is already a CNAME record pointing to your root domain (ilovecutepuppies.org in this example), no further action is needed. If it is an A record pointing to an IP address, perform the same steps to remove the A Record and replace it with the WP Engine CNAME record instead. Once these steps are complete, click Continue.
In the next screen you will be prompted to change your nameservers to point to Cloudflare. This step is performed in the 1&1 dashboard. Back on your Domains > DNS screen, click Name Servers at the top of the screen. Then click Use custom name servers in the center pane.
On the next screen you will be able to enter the custom name servers provided by Cloudflare, and save.
Once the name server changes have propagated, your DNS will be pointed to WP Engine successfully! In the meantime, be sure to read our Going Live guide to ensure you haven’t missed any important steps.
Option B: Point Your A Record to WP Engine
If you choose to point your A Record to WP Engine, this will keep your DNS record management at 1&1. If you have not added your domain to the WP Engine User Portal yet, start by doing so now. On this pane, you may choose to use WP Engine’s automated Domain Connect system to configure your DNS automatically, or manually configure your DNS. Check out our Domain Connect guide for information about automatically configuring DNS, or follow the steps below to manually configure the records instead.
On your 1&1 Domains > DNS page, you will see a list of records, each of which have a gear icon on the right side of the screen. The two records you will need to edit on this screen are for “@” (your root domain, or ilovecutepuppies.org in this example), and for “www” (www.ilovecutepuppies.org in this example). Next to each, click the gear icon and select Edit record from the dropdown menu.
In the edit screen, enter the A Record from your WP Engine Overview page in the Value field, and choose the “TTL,” or length of time until the changes are reflected across the internet. In our example, we chose the lowest TTL of 1 hour.
After confirming the DNS changes are correct, click “Save.” Perform the same steps for the “www” record once saved.
After the changes finish propagating across the web, your DNS will be successfully pointed to WP Engine! In the meantime, be sure to review our Going Live guide to make sure you didn’t miss any important steps.