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Add a CNAME record

Add a CNAME (alias) record to use a domain prefix, such as blog to point your domain to another domain name, or URL, when your domain is using GoDaddy nameservers. To add a domain prefix that points to an IP address, add a subdomain instead. The most common CNAME is www, with the @ symbol entered for the Value field. This will make www.mycoolnewbusiness.com load to the same webpage as the root domain, mycoolnewbusiness.com.

  1. Sign in to your GoDaddy Domain Portfolio. (Need help logging in? Find your username or password.)
  2. Select alt name for the image Domain Edit Options next to your domain and then select Edit DNS. You may need to scroll down to see the Edit DNS option.
    screenshot showing the option for edit dns
  3. Select Add to add a new record.
    select add new record
  4. Select CNAME from the Type menu options.
  5. Enter the details for your new CNAME record:
    • Name: The host name or prefix the CNAME record will be set to. You can include a period (.) but not as the first or last character. Consecutive periods (...) are not allowed, and the host cannot exceed 63 characters or be the @ symbol. You can't use a host that's already assigned to an existing A record, TXT record or MX record.
    • Value: The URL you are setting as the destination for the host. Type @ to point directly to your root domain name.
    • TTL: How long the server should cache information. The default setting is 1 hour.
  6. Select Add Record to save your new CNAME record.

Most DNS updates take effect within an hour, but could take up to 48 hours to update globally.

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