What is a CNAME-record? How do I create / change it?

What is a CNAME-record? How do I create / change it?

Have in mind it can take some time before any DNS changes take effect. Say for an A-record, CNAME, MX-record, TXT-record – It could easily take up to 4 hours. For name servers – it is about 24 hours. Occasionally it could reach up to 36 hours.

CNAME-record, or Canonical Name record is a record in the Domain Name System (DNS) saying that the original domain name points to IP address of another domain name – a canonical domain name. Have in mind, the CNAME-record points to a domain name, not to an IP. To set it up, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in your My Combell hosting control panel (https://my.combell.com/en).

  2. At the top follow 'My Products' > 'DNS & Forwarding management'.

    My Products DNS & Forwarding management

  3. Click on the 'CNAME' button directly, or on 'DNS & Forwarding' and then 'Manage CNAME-records'.

    CNAME-records

  4. To edit your current CNAME-record:

    CNAME-records

    1. If you are sure what you are doing, track the host you would like to change and click on 'Edit'.

    2. Put in the new destination, and, if you have to, change the Time To Live (TTL).

      Edit destination + Time To Live (TTL)

    3. Hit '+ Save'.

    4. Congratulations! You are done. Have in mind the record may take some time to take effect.

      You are done

    5. You can check your records here: http://who.is/dns/

  5. To add a new CNAME-record:

    1. Scroll to the bottom. Name the subdomain in the left text field. If you would like to create a CNAME-record for the domain name, leave the left text field empty.

    2. In the right text field write down the domain name that is the destination.

    3. Change the Time To Live (TTL) if you have to.

      Add destination + Time To Live (TTL)

    4. Click on '+ Add'.

    5. Congratulations! You are done. Have in mind the record may take some time to take effect.

      You are done

    6. You can check your records here: http://who.is/dns/

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