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Create a CNAME

Last Updated: Feb 04, 2013 03:10PM MST
A CNAME is an alias for your site.  They are often used when a site is broken into separate sections.  For example, if you owned the domain "acme.com", you may have a customer facing website (http://www.acme.com), a blog (http://blog.acme.com), and a photo gallery (http://gallery.acme.com).  In this example, "www", "blog", and "gallery" would each be separate CNAMES for the "acme.com" domain.
 
Creating a CNAME is fairly easy; however, you will need to purchase your own domain through a domain name registrar like GoDaddyNetwork Solutions, or netfirms.
  • To begin, you will need to know your "Application Web Address".  This can be found on Standing Cloud's management page for your application:
  • Next, log into your domain name registrar's console.
  • Navigate to your DNS Management page. The location and name of this page will vary by host, but can generally be found in Domain Management or Advanced Settings.
  • Find the CNAME settings and enter a nickname for your application as the CNAME value or alias.  Common aliases include "blog", "wiki", "projects", "www", "gallery", or something of this nature.
  • Set the CNAME destination to the address that you found above using Standing Cloud's management page for your application.
  • If prompted for a TTL (Time To Live), please choose "1 Hour" or something close to an hour if this is not an option.
 
Warnings:
  • For some applications, you may need to do some additional work to configure your application to use the new domain name.
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