How do I manage CNAME records?

A CNAME record (or Canonical Name) allows you to create a subdomain/host that will act as an alias for another host set up to answer for your domain. For example, you could create as a subdomain and set a CNAME record to point it to your Tumblr blog at “” which has been set to answer for the domain.  Then traffic from your domain name would be sent to your Tumblr blog while leaving your domain name in the address bar.

The receiving host must be configured to answer for your domain name.



Steps to create a CNAME record


1.  Log in to your account at by clicking the ‘LOG IN’ button in the upper-right corner of the homepage.



2.  Click ‘Manage’ from the menu at the top of the page.



3.  Click on the domain you want to edit.



4.  Select the ‘NS/DNS Records’ tab.



5.  Scroll down to the ‘DNS Records’ section and click the ‘New Record’ button.



5b.  Or click the ‘Activate Uniregistry DNS’ button first if necessary then click the ‘New Record’ button.

Activating Uniregistry DNS will change your name servers to Uniregistry’s.  Changing your nam servers will affect any exisitng records set for your domain, like for a website or email.  Be sure this is what you want to do before proceeding.  If you don’t want to change your name servers then you need to add your A record(s) through the portal where your name servers are located.



6.  From the ‘Type’ drop-down menu, click on ‘CNAME’.



7.  Enter the information in the required fields and click ‘Add’.

You will not be allowed to create new records that conflict with existing records.  If you see an error message, check the conflicting record(s) to decide which ones you want to keep.

A CNAME must always forward a name to another domain name, not an IP address.  If you were setting a CNAME record for the domain name “”, and you entered “blog” in the Host / Alias (Name) field it would set an alias for “”, that would resolve to the host domain name you set in the Canonical Name (Data) field.


Repeat steps 5-7 for any additional records.


8.  When you’re finished creating records, click ‘Save Changes’.




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