How To Create a DNS "CNAME" Record

Modified on Thu, 16 Nov 2023 at 01:50 PM

How DNS records are managed – and the terminology used – varies depending on which registrar you use (i.e. Name.com, GoDaddy.com, NameCheap.com, etc), but nearly all registrars have detailed instructions available to guide you.


In general, a CNAME record consists of 4 parts:

  1. Record Type - select "CNAME"
  2. Name - enter "www" (without the quotes)
  3. Value - for a CNAME record, we just want to signal that www should refer back to the main domain. So you will simply enter your domain name.
    1. some systems will ask you to enter "@" instead of the actual domain name
    2. others will want you to enter the actual domain, i.e. example.com
  4. TTL - "Time to Live" - a suggestion for how long the entry should be cached in routing infrastructure. Most systems will default to their preferred value. 1 hour is fine.


Instructions for Common Registrars:


If you use another provider, search for "dns CNAME records" in their support section, or contact us and we can help you out!


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