Configuring your DNS settings can be a mystery for even the most tech-savvy person. While it's one of the most important steps in launching your web site and keeping it up and running, it can be intimidating if you're not sure what you're doing.
The preferred method for configuring your DNS is through the use of CNAME records. A CNAME points a domain (your web site's URL) to another named domain. Why is CNAME the preferred method over A record? Two reasons:
- Easier to remember – If you want to point your web site’s domain to anything, it’s much easier to remember a CNAME of mywebsite.myprovider.com than an IP address of 126.96.36.199
- IP Addresses can change – Web providers often perform server maintenance or upgrades that may require that you change the IP address your domain points to at a later date. By pointing your domain to a CNAME, you will only have to update your DNS settings if you ever decide to change your domain.
To configure your DNS settings to point to your site’s CNAME, follow the steps below. Please note that DNS consoles differ with each provider, but these instructions should be sufficient to help you update your settings regardless of provider. If you ever need assistance, please contact TRIBUS Support.
- Log in to your domain’s registrar and navigate to the section where you can manage your DNS settings
- Select the applicable domain.
- Choose the option to add a CNAME record
- Enter the host, which will be your domain without the preceding www. For example, com
- Then enter the CNAME provided to you by TRIBUS in the Points to field, and click Save.
- Now we’ll need to create another CNAME record for www. Add a CNAME record, enter www for the host, and enter your domain (com) in the Points to field. Save.
- If you’re a brokerage with agent sites (subsites), you’ll need to create one more CNAME record as a wildcard. A wildcard allows you to create new subsites from the main site at any time, without having to configure them individually. For the wildcard, add a CNAME record, enter an asterisk (*) as the host, and the domain in the Points to field.
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Note: The wildcard (*) CNAME record is only necessary for broker sites.
Once you’ve saved your CNAME records, you’ll want to check all of your records to ensure you’re not pointing the same host to another CNAME or A record.