Add a CNAME record
You can add a CNAME (alias) record to your DNS (Domain Name System) zone file for a domain registered with GoDaddy. CNAME records use a domain prefix, such as blog.coolexample.com to point to another domain name, or URL. To add a subdomain that points to an IP address, you can add a subdomain. If your domain is not registered with GoDaddy, you can add a CNAME using DNS hosting.
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- Log in to your GoDaddy account and open your product. (Need help opening your product?)
- Select your domain name from the list to access the Domain Settings page.
- Scroll down to the Additional Settings section and select Manage DNS.
- On the DNS Management page, at the bottom of the Records section, click Add.
- Select CNAME from the Type dropdown.
- Complete the required fields:
- Click Save to complete the process.
|Field name||What to enter|
|Host||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. The host cannot exceed 25 characters or be the @ symbol.
|Points to||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|
Note: The most common CNAME host is www, with the @ symbol entered for the Points to field. This will make www.coolexample.com load to the same webpage as the root domain, coolexample.com.
Note: All DNS changes can take 24 - 48 hours to fully update across global networks.
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- You can edit an existing CNAME record to change any details.
- Or you can delete a CNAME record if it's no longer needed.
- If you need to edit DNS for a domain not registered with GoDaddy, you can manage DNS hosting .