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Add a CNAME record

A CNAME (Alias) record points to an A (Host) record. You can create multiple CNAME records and point them to an A record. The most common CNAME records are the subdomains www and ftp.

CNAME records make your DNS data easier to manage. If you change the IP address of an A record, all CNAME records pointed to that A record automatically follow the new IP address. The alternative solution, multiple A records, is not as simple as using CNAME records.

If your domain is registered at another company, see the Domains registered at another company section below for instructions.

To add a CNAME record

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  2. On your product list next to Domains, click the Text Icon (plus sign button) to expand the list:
  3. Expand Domains List

  4. Next to the domain you want to manage, under the Action section, click on the Manage DNS button:
  5. Manage DNS Button

  6. At the bottom of the Records section, click Add and select CNAME from the drop-down list.
  7. Complete the other fields:
    • Host - Enter the subdomain name for the alias assignment. For example, type www.

      The subdomain can include a period (.) but not as the first or last character. Consecutive periods (...) are not allowed. A subdomain cannot exceed 25 characters.

    • Points to - Enter the host name you want the alias to point to. For example, type @ to map the alias directly to your domain name.
    • TTL - Select how long the server should cache the information.
  8. Click Save.

To add a CNAME record for domains registered at another company

  1. From the top menu, click the DNS tab, and select Manage Zones.
  2. Enter the domain name you want to use and click Search.
  3. At the bottom of the Records section, click Add and select CNAME from the drop-down list.
  4. Complete the other fields:
    • Host - Enter the subdomain name for the alias assignment. For example, type www.

      The subdomain can include a period (.) but not as the first or last character. Consecutive periods (...) are not allowed. A subdomain cannot exceed 25 characters.

    • Points to - Enter the host name you want the alias to point to. For example, type @ to map the alias directly to your domain name.
    • TTL - Select how long the server should cache the information.
  5. Click Save.

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