I'm trying to migrate a WordPress site from GoDaddy to WPEngine. Sites on WPEngine are hosted at [sitename].wpengine.com. Importantly, the IP address for the site maps to a landing page instead of your actual content. In other words, if I run
ping [sitename].wpengine.com I get an IP address. When I put that IP Address back into my browser, I see a landing page instead of my wordpress site. But, if I visit [sitename].wpengine.com directly, my wordpress site exists.
My problem is, I have an existing domain in GoDaddy. I need this domain to go to my [sitename].wpengine.com site (while keeping my domain in the address bar). The best I could figure out is to create a forwarding record in GoDaddy. However, the performance of my site is of the most importance. I know there are
CNAME records, but I don't fully understand those. Forwarding sounds like a wrapper which would slow things down. From my understanding, an
A-record requires an IP Address (which I don't seem to have based on the frst paragraph). And for a
CNAME record I'm not sure what to change. I'm concerned I'll break our email capabilities or something.
Is forwarding the correct course of action? Or is there something I can do with the
CNAME records to squeeze out just a little more performance?