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Cname Wildcard Redirects to main domain only

I noticed recently some strange behaviour - I tried to configure CNAME wildcards for all the sites on my droplet, so that www.example.com, wwww.example.com, etc., all lead to example.com. This worked fine with the first/main site I made on my droplet, let’s call that main.com. So typo.main.com goes to main.com. The funny thing is, while I tried to set up the same pattern for the other sites on my droplet, typos such as wwww.othersite.com still take me to main.com. Bit of a n00b here, probably missing something obvious…

CNAME * mainsite.com. (works) CNAME * othersites.com (don’t work)

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Not completely sure if this is the source of the issue or just a typo in your question.

CNAME * mainsite.com. (works)
CNAME * othersites.com (don't work)

As they are written here the second record would not function since it is missing the . at the end. Without this, the DNS system will consider this to be just part of the domain name.

I assume that these CNAME records are on separate domains since having multiple wildcards on one domain would not work properly since only the first one encountered would ever be used. If you can share your actual domain name or paste your zone files in their entirety it would make it much easier to assist you in getting this working as you want it.