@ is invalid hostname DO DNS Cname record.

Posted April 2, 2021 544 views

I’m trying to direct my main site URL to a CDN where the files are stored. My backend is in a droplet so I’m using DO DNS. The problem is it doesn’t allow me to use @ as a hostname in the cname record to redirect my domain to the cdn, keeping my subdomain on DO.

Any ideas?

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Hello, @camilamarencofotografia

A CNAME record defines an alias for an A record; it points one domain to another domain instead of to an IP address. When the associated A record’s IP address changes, the CNAME will follow to the new address.

On DigitalOcean, CNAME records have the following fields.

  • HOSTNAME, which should be set to the subdomain prefix for the new alias you want to create.
  • IS AN ALIAS OF, which should be set to the hostname where the alias should point. For the alias to work, the hostname must have an A record or be handled by a wildcard A record. This can be:
  • The apex domain (@). To map a apex domain, like, enter the @ symbol.
  • A subdomain (e.g.

You can check our docs for managing DNS records. For CNAME follow the link below:

Hope that this helps!

  • Yeah but what if I need the hostname to be the site’s domain and not a subdomain, to point it to a external url?

    Doesn’t seem to be possible

    Can I use a third party dns and still have my sub-domain connected to my droplet?