What is a CNAME-record (Canonical NAME)?

A CNAME-record is used to make an alias for a certain domain (the canonical name).
The alias will be completed with the domain name.

Example of a CNAME-record:
Domain: fruit.com
Alias: apple
Canonical name: www.fruit.com

The alias ’apple’ will be completed to apple.fruit.com and it will serve as an alias for www.fruit.com. This means for example that everyone surfing to the URL http://apple.fruit.com will see the website for http://www.fruit.com.

Article Number: 366
Posted: Wed, Aug 20, 2008 4:21 PM
Last Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 2:48 PM
Posted: Nick Corne [nick.corne@hostbasket.com]

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